Dixie Ponytails World Series Sunday Roundup

sports@islandpacket.comJuly 29, 2013 

A roundup of Sunday's action at the Dixie Ponytails World Series at Oscar J. Frazier Park in Bluffton:

Columbia County (Ga.) 16, Hope (Ark.) 3, 4 innings

Georgia used a 12-run third to eliminate Arkansas.

After a strikeout to open the third, 10 straight Georgia batters reached base and seven straight scored. Georgia did its damage in the inning on five hits, two walks and two hit batsmen, along with a couple of misplays.

Rockingham West (N.C.) 13, Old Hickory (Tenn.) 1, 5 innings

North Carolina eliminated Tennessee by limiting the Old Hickory team to just three baserunners.

North Carolina scored five runs with two outs in the fifth to invoke the run rule.

Slocomb (Ala.) 8, Columbia Dean Griner (Miss.) 4

Alabama scored three in the top of the sixth and Faith Hall held Mississippi scoreless in the bottom half of the frame to eliminate the Columbia Dean Griner team.

In the top of the sixth, a Hannah Rollan low roller past the pitcher, combined with a bad throw from the shortstop, scored Amara Myles from second to give Alabama a 5-4 lead. After a Stephanie Walden walk, Jaylee Foundren smoked a liner inside the first-base bag to drive in two, making it 7-4.

After a Hall popout and a Jahayla Collins single, Jade Kelly singled in the final run of the game for an 8-4 lead. In the bottom of the frame, Hall loaded the bases with two outs before inducing a game-ending popup to third.

Wewahitchka (Fla.) 5, Amelia (Va.) 4

Mariah Brown scored twice and Ashten Lolley (four innings) and Brianna Bailey (two innings) made a one-run lead stand up on the mound for Florida.

West Monroe National (La.) 9, Blossom (Texas) 7, 7 innings

Trailing 8-5 in the bottom of the seventh, Louisiana loaded the bases with nobody out by virtue of two walks and an infield hit.

Emma Richarson doubled down the left-field line, scoring two to cut the lead to 9-8. Then Kaylon Cory hit a deep fly ball over everybody's head in right field to score the game-tying and game-winning runs.

Texas had scored four in the top of the seventh to take a commanding lead after Louisiana had scratched a run across in the bottom of the sixth to send it to extra innings.

Hanahan (S.C) 9, Beaufort County 3

At the plate, Beaufort County stranded runners in every inning but two and on the mound, struggled with control again, walking seven more batters, as South Carolina dropped the host into the losers' bracket.

"We just couldn't get the big hit," Beaufort County coach Eric Ackermann said. "We couldn't come through when we needed to."

Once, when Beaufort County did get the big hit, it didn't matter.

With runners on second and third and two outs, Kidron Martin singled to left to score Mia Debardelaben. But the relay from the third baseman got Olivia Gee at the plate, and the catcher fired to get Martin trying to advance to second for a 7-5-2-4 double play.

"Yeah, that was (the coaches) fault," Ackermann said. "We just got a little too aggressive."

The South Carolina offense kept the pressure on, putting runners on in every inning, with Beaufort County's control issues complicating things.

"We don't have a lot of experience at pitcher," Ackermann said. "So if I had switched those guys out, I'd have been bringing in inexperienced pitchers."

Ma Ferris and Courtney each had two RBIs for South Carolina.

Rockingham West (NC.) 4, Blossom (Texas) 3 (7)

Kayla Hawkins scored the winning run from third on a wild pitch in the bottom of the seventh to lift North Carolina to an elimination game victory. Hawkins led off the decisive inning with a walk before advancing to third on Taylor Parrish's bloop single to right.

North Carolina broke a 1-1 tie in the fourth inning on Parrish's two-run double to left-center field only to see Texas tie things up at 3-all in the sixth.

But Blossom was unable to force another extra inning and was sent packing after a pair of Sunday losses.

Columbia County (Ga.) 6, Slocomb (Ala.) 2

Georgia rallied for its second consecutive victory in the loser's bracket after falling in Saturday's opening round. The team broke out to an early 4-1 advantage and held on from there to eliminate Alabama and stay alive for Monday's fourth round.

Hanahan (S.C.) 3, West Monroe National (La.) 0

South Carolina moved to 3-0 on the tournament with a shutout victory over Louisiana in the winner's bracket. Jordan Fabian provided all the offense her team would need, as she roped an RBI triple to left field before pushing the score to 2-0 on a wild pitch.

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