SUNDAY UPDATE: The North Carolina (Dunn) Ponytails defeated Alabama 19-3 this morning and will play Mississippi at 10:30 (Eastern time) tonight.
SUNDAY UPDATE II: The North Carolina (Dunn) Angels (10-and-under) rallied past Florida for a 7-2 win in the second round on Sunday and will play again on Monday at 8:30 p.m., Eastern time.
The North Carolina (Dunn) Ponytails opened play in the Dixie Youth softball World Series in Alexandria, La., on Saturday with a 17-1 win over Florida. The N.C. state champions will play Alabama today (Sunday) at 9 a.m.
The N.C. (Dunn) Angels took a 3-0 win over Mississippi in their opening game of the World Series in Alexandria and will play Florida today (Sunday) at 11 a.m.
The softball teams from Dunn captured state championships in Laurinburg last week.
North Carolina (Dunn) won the Angels (10-and-under) World Series in Alexandria last year. Many of those girls have moved up to the Ponytails (12-and-under) division this year.
Emily Williams pitched two innings allowing one hit, walking one and striking out three against the team from Frostproof, Fla., on Saturday. Emily Scott pitched one inning, striking out two and walking one. Carmyn Ivey pitched one inning striking out one, allowing one hit and and walking one.
Florida scored its lone run on that hit but two of the runners reached on fielding errors. Marley Colville made a good play at the plate tagging out another Florida runner.
North Carolina scored four runs in the first inning and two in the second. The local team took full control in the third with 11 runs.
Offensively, Ashley Bliven had a single and a double. Scott had a double. Anna Dudley had a double. Aubree Bass had a double to deep left field. Colville had a single. Ivey had a single and an inside-the-park home run down the left field line.
“We had solid pitching and defense except for a couple of fielding errors in the fourth inning,” said N.C. coach Jeremy Bass. “This Louisiana heat got to some of the girls and even some of our fans. We’ve got to stay hydrated and cut out the errors.
“Offensively we started out well and put four runs up. We struggled a little bit with some at-bats, but I am attributing that to getting back in the groove. Our state tourney was just last weekend. We only had a couple of practices and spent most of the time raising funds and traveling to Louisiana. We got back in he groove the third inning.”
The N.C. All-Stars play Coffee County of Alabama at 9 a.m. Central time today (Sunday). North Carolina will have another game today at 5:30 p.m. or 9:30 p.m.
North Carolina (Dunn) scored its three runs in the third inning.
Ella Clark was 2-for-2 with a double and two RBIs. Jordyn Christopher was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to account for the remaining run.
“We played a very good team,” said N.C. coach Cullen Clark. “We started bunting, got some people on base and got some timely hitting. Our pitching was outstanding.”
Eva Kate McLamb pitched the first two innings. She struck out three, walked three and allowed one hit.
Samantha Carter pitched one inning. She struck out one and yielded one hit without a walk. Christopher pitched the last two innings with five strikeouts and no walks.
Dunn had eight hits.
Molly Bass was 2-for-2 with a double. Olivia Crumpler was 1-for-1 with a walk. Carter was 1-for-2. Reagan Adams was 1-for-2 with a bunt single. Aubrianna Collasso was 1-for-2.