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Ponytails sweep Dinwiddie for district crown

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The Clarksville Ponytails are on their way to the Dixie Softball State Tournament after winning the district championship in Sutherland this week. First row, Faith Tolliver, Cassidy Whitlow, Ashlyn Wilbourne, Jada Staten, Kaylin Garrett. Second row, Cassidy Newcomb, Haley Small, Ruby Hite, Morgan Matthews, Mackenzie Long. manager, Chris Burke and assistant coaches Dan Wilbourne and Steve Hite.
SoVaNow.com / July 03, 2018
Clarksville beat out Dinwiddie with back-to-back victories Tuesday night to claim the Dixie Softball Ponytails district championship and advance to the state tournament.

Entering the evening’s action, the Clarksville girls needed to score a doubleheader sweep against Dinwiddie for the district title — and that’s exactly what they did.

In Game 1, Clarksville beat Dinwiddie 6-5, and in Game 2 they crushed the rival all-stars, 16-2.

In the opener, Clarksville scored once in the first inning, followed by a spirited four-run fourth inning. The local all-stars scored the winning run in the fifth.

Dinwiddie scored one run in the first, two more in the third, one in the fourth and one more run in the fifth.

Leadoff hitters are put in that spot in the batting order to provide extra spark for the offense. In this case, Clarksville’s Morgan Matthews certainly got that job done.

She singled, and eventually made it to third on a stolen base, while eventually scoring the winning run in the bottom of the fifth.

Ashlyn Wilbourne tripled and scored in the first inning, and Haley Small also had a single in the frame.

Clarksville put up four runs in the fourth, sparked by singles from Cassidy Newcomb, Small, and Faith Tolliver.

In the nightcap, Clarksville jumped out to a 10-0 lead in the first inning and never looked back.

Matthews and Wilbourne each scored two runs in the opening inning, and Clarksville also got runs in the first from Cassidy Newcomb, Ruby Hite, Haley Small, Faith Tolliver, Mackenzie Long and Jada Staten.

Matthews and Wilbourne finished the game with three runs each, and Newcomb, Hite and Small all had two runs scored.

Clarksville will go on to compete in the Virginia Dixie Softball tournament in





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