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National Angels undefeated in X-Play

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Chloe Loftis connects on a fourth inning single during Halifax National Angels play in the X-Play state tournament.
SoVaNow.com / July 15, 2013
Amanda Duffer and Gracie Wagstaff handled the pitching, and the Halifax National Angels rallied from an early three-run deficit to win their second straight game at X-play state tournament action in Madison Heights Saturday.

HN, now 2-0, defeated Powhatan, 9-5. The local all-stars fashioned a 2-0 win over Blacksburg Friday night.

The Nationals are set to play tonight.

On Saturday, Powhatan scored four runs in the first and just one more in the fourth. The Nationals scored one run in the first inning, one in the second, three in the fourth, and four more in the fifth.

Duffer worked two innings and fanned one, with three walks, three hits and four runs allowed. Wagstaff got the win in relief. She pitched the final three innings and fanned six of the 13 batters she faced. She walked two, allowed two hits and one run.

The local all-stars built late scoring punch, with a variety of contributors. Sarah Gordon, batting leadoff, had one hit and scored two runs. Duffer walked and scored twice.

Kaitlyn Richardson had a triple, an RBI and scored twice.

Wagstaff walked three times and scored twice.

Chloe Loftis doubled and brought in two RBI.

Madison Watkins had a hit, an RBI and a walk. Claudia Marable had two hits and an RBI.

Hailey Marable walked once. Kayla Spencer walked twice and Tori Lewis had one walk.

In Friday’s action, Halifax slipped past Blacksburg.

Gordon, Loftis, Watkins and Marable all had hits.

Gordon, Autumn Younger, Wagstaff, Susanna Watts and Tori Lewis all had walks. Hailey Marable had two free passes.

Marable had a solid hit to the outfield in the second inning to get Wagstaff home. The other run, in the third, came when Tori Lewis crossed the plate after Kaitlyn Richardson grounded out on a fielder’s choice.

Wagstaff went the distance for HN. She struck out 11 and allowed two walks and one hit.

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