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South Hill Darlings extend All-Star run with 16-3 win over Clarksville

South Boston News / June 27, 2018
In second round action Saturday in the Darlings All-Stars district tournament, east and west collided as the South Hill and Clarksville all-stars met on the diamond in Dinwiddie. South Hill proved to be the more resilient team with a 16-3 besting of Clarksville.

South Hill was the designated the guest team in the match-up and plated three runs in the top of the first inning. Makayla Baird lifted a double to get SH’s bats going. Bradley Evans and Ainsley Dooley added singles and all three went on to score. Za’Riyah Jones had a double but was left on base.

Clarksville battled back in the bottom of the first to score two runs. Clarksville’s leadoff Bella Rasado rocked a triple to open the inning for her team. Teammate Hayden Dow hit a single.

Jocelyn Bing (double), Leah Griffin (single), Raine Joncart (single), Brooklyn Bing (single) and Natalie Madison (single) contributed to Clarksville having some hot bats in the first inning. But the All-Stars were only able to send Rasado and Dow across home plate for the 3-2 South Hill lead.

The teams held each other scoreless in the second inning. South Hill got two runs in the third, with Evans plating Baird after she creamed a triple. Evans was brought home on singles by Biggs and Jones. South Hill led 5-2 as play began in the fourth.

SH sent four runs home in the fourth inning. Gill smacked a double; Curry and Lett had singles, Paynter Satterwhite hit a double, and all four hitters were able to score.

Clarksville’s final run of the game came in the bottom of the fourth. With one out Brooklyn Bing ripped a double. With two outs Iliyah Tisdale hit a double, plating Bing.

South Hill closed out the game with a huge top of the fifth, scoring seven runs. Biggs, Jones, Gill, Curry Genna H., Lett, and Satterwhite led the scoring for the 16-3 victory.

With the victory, South Hill went on to face Crewe-Burkeville, which defeated Lunenburg to advance in the winners bracket, in action on Sunday. South Hill won that game to advance to the championship round Tuesday night (yesterday.)

The SH girls were scheduled to play Lunenburg last night.

South Hill wins Darlings tourney opener, 17-6

The South Hill All-Star Darlings won their opening game of the Dixie District 1 softball tournament against host Dinwiddie on Friday, 17-6.

SH got off to an early fast start, sending eight runs across home plate in the first inning.

Mayakla Baird hit a double in the leadoff position; Bradley Evans followed with a double. South Hill’s third batter, Ainsley Dooley rapped out a single before cleanup batter Riley Biggs blasted a homer for the 4-0 score.

Za’Riyah Jones hit a single and Reagan Gill laid down a double. With one out Callie Curry and Genna H. each hit doubles. All four batters went on to score for the 8-0 lead midway through the first. Hailey Lett also tapped a double but was left on base.

Dinwiddie posted two runs in the first, with their first batter hitting a single to get on base. The host team was able to get five batters in scoring position, sending two runs home for the 8-2 score.

SH posted three runs in the second after their first two batters drew outs. Baird and Bradley Evans had back-to-back singles. Dooley cleared the bases; Biggs knocked a single but was left on base.

SH held Dinwiddie scoreless in the second. Leading 11-2 entering the third, South Hill placed two additional runs on the scoreboard.

With one out, Gill had a single and Curry added a double. Lett had a single to get on base. Gill and Curry scored.

Dinwiddie scored three runs in the third inning with some solid hits. SH’s defense played well though, leaving three Dinwiddie base runners stranded in scoring position.

South Hill used the fourth inning to plate four runs with six batters hitting singles and two doubles. Baird (single), Evans (single), Riley Biggs and Jones, (double) each scored.

Dooley (single), Reagan Gordon, (single), Gill (single), Lett (single) and Curry (double) aided in providing the hits to advance the runners.

With the win, South Hill moved on to play Clarksville in round two of the tournament. Clarksville won its opener against Blackstone Friday.

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