The Dunn Ponytails (12-and-under) and the Dunn Angels (10-and-under) All-Star teams each won Dixie Youth state softball championships in Laurinburg on Wednesday afternoon.
The Ponytails cruised to a 10-0 triumph while the Angels survived, 1-0, in encounters with Hope Mills.
The Dunn Majors (12-and-under) baseball All-Stars managed to pull away from Mount Holly for a 12-2 win although the local team was a little flat to begin with after a 2-1 loss to Leland on Tuesday night.
Aubree Bass started on the mound for Dunn, pitching two innings and striking out three. Emily Williams pitched two innings with five whiffs. Emily Scott pitched the final inning with one strikeout.
Dunn scored two runs in the first inning. The local team added five runs in the third and three in the fourth.
“We started out a little slow hitting the ball but got it together and finished strong with our bats,” said Dunn coach Jeremy Bass. “Our pitching was solid and the defense supported the pitching.”
Bass won his third straight Dixie state title and fourth overall. He guided the 2017 Dunn Angels to the World Series championship. It was the fourth overall state crown for Bass. Dunn assistant David Horne has been a part of five state championship teams.
Ashley Bliven had a triple, a single and a double for Dunn. Scott had a single and sacrifice fly. Bass had two doubles and a single. Lilly McLamb and Jazmin Rummel had doubles. Marley Colville and Harmony Horne had two singles apiece. Carmyn Ivey, Lindsey Knoll and Berkley Campbell each had singles.
The Angels scored the only run that pitchers Jordyn Christopher and Eva Kate McLamb would need in the second inning after Samantha Carter was hit by a pitch. She advanced to second on a ground ball by Reagan Adams and turned for third. The Hope Mills first baseman threw to third and the ball got away, allowing Carter to come home.
Christopher had four strikeouts in the first two innings.
McLamb had five strikeouts in the last three innings, yielding Hope Mills’ only hit in the fifth.
Dunn coach Cullen Clark noted that Olivia Crumpler made a diving catch in right-center in the fourth that possibly saved two runs. That started a double play as she threw behind a runner for the second out.
“That was a game-winning catch,” Clark said.
Kara Beth Benton had a double for Dunn. Crumpler and Carter also had hits.
Dunn outscored its opponents 51-1 in the state tournament.
“Nobody expected anything from this group after the Angels won the World Series last year,” Clark said. “Most of those girls moved up. “We pitched well all week. It does my heart good. These girls worked hard and they’re going to Louisiana.”
The two state champion teams from Dunn will be going to Alexandria, La., for their respective World Series.
There will be a sendoff at Sherry’s Bakery in Dunn for the two softball teams on Tuesday morning at 8.
The Angels, representing North Carolina, play Mississippi on Saturday at 5 p.m.
Dunn pitchers Jamari Thompson, Jalen Evans and John Nelson McLamb combined for 15 strikeouts and allowed just three hits on Wednesday, maintaining their mound eligibility for a matchup with West Robeson tonight at 6 p.m.
Dunn totaled 15 hits as Evans had three. Getting two each were Ross Stevens, Anthony Jones (home run), McLamb and Braxton Davis.
Wyatt Lucas, Hunter Tyndall, Tripp Westbrook and Jax Woodall had one hit apiece.