The emotions of the North Carolina teams from Dunn ranged widely as play was completed Wednesday in the Dixie Youth Softball World Series in the Angels (10-and-under) and Ponytails (12-and-under) divisions in Alexandria, La.
The locally-based 10-and-under club experienced the thrill of a championship as they downed Georgia, 8-5, in the deciding game.
Eva Kate McLamb led the N.C. Angels offensively with a pair of home runs.
The Ponytails from Dunn needed to beat South Carolina twice on Wednesday to take their tournament and were leading 8-3 in the fifth inning of the first game when they were forced to forfeit.
Dunn recreation director Brian McNeill said the North Carolina representatives reported a defensive substitution in the top of the fifth inning when officials said it should have been reported in the bottom of the fourth.
“We were the home team and were on offense in the bottom of the fourth,” McNeill said.
The 12-U girls were disappointed by the circumstances as their chance at a championship was circumvented on a technicality.
Play was stopped at that point. A protest was not upheld.
“We were hitting their pitcher, who had been unhittable up to that game,” said North Carolina (Dunn) coach Jeremy Bass. “I like Dixie but there are so many rules that sometimes it seems like you can’t even coach. They had done that rule differently in the district and state tournaments.”
Bass said the Ponytails coaches threw as hard as they could in batting practice Wednesday to get the team ready for the speed of South Carolina’s pitcher.
The pregame session must have worked.
“All of our girls were putting the ball in play,” Bass said. “Our girls were the best team in the tournament and I think we proved that on the field.”