The Winnsboro Belles represented Louisiana well in the Southwest Regional World Series tournament in Alexandria. In their first two games, the Belles dominated their competition beating Virginia Saturday 16-4 and Alabama Monday 13-3.
The Belles turned around and played a game Monday afternoon against Texas beating them 9-2. In their third game of the day, the Belles played the night cap against host team Alexandria. Alexandria bested Winnsboro 14-5.
The tournament was played at Johnny Downs Sports Complex in Alexandria. The complex hosted more than 450 players and coaches and teams from SweeTees, Angels, Ponytails and Belles divisions.
In the Belle’s division, teams from Louisiana, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia participated in the tournament.
Alexandria 14 - Louisiana 5
After playing two games against quality opponents, Louisiana had to face the host team Alexandria in a night game Monday. The team from Winnsboro fell behind early and could not come back in a 14-5 loss.
With one days rest, Maggie Parker toed the rubber for Winnsboro. She pitched one and 1/3 innings before Natalie Roberts and Shelby Dickerson entered the game as relief, throwing three innings and one and 2/3 innings respectively.
Louisiana scattered nine hits in the game. Carson King, Courtlynn Havard and Ashlyn Rodgers all managed multiple hits for Louisiana. Rodgers, Havard and King collected two hits each.
Louisiana 9 - Texas 2
Louisiana used a seven-run fourth inning to put Texas away 9-2. In the next inning, Louisiana added two insurance runs. Texas’ only score came in the seventh inning.
Havard, Maggie Parker, Lexi Parker, Roberts and Taylor Biggs each had RBIs in the frame. The Louisiana team totaled 10 hits in the contest.
Havard went two-for-three at the plate, and Roberts had the big hit of the game with a triple.
Anne Elise Sartin earned the win for Louisiana. She pitched four strong innings, allowed no runs on one hit, striking out four and walking none.
On Sunday, Louisiana’s second game was delayed due to rain storms, so the team waited until Monday before they faced Alabama.
Louisiana 13 - Alabama 3
Louisiana blew out Alabama Monday morning in the tournament’s second round 13-3. The team from Winnsboro added six scores in the first frame to extinguish any hopes of an Alabama victory. Additionally, Louisiana scored one point in the second inning and three points in the fifth.
Havard was the winning pitcher for Louisiana. She threw a complete game, allowing five hits through seven innings while striking out two.
Louisiana totaled 11 hits in the game. Rodgers, Lexi Parker and Sartin each racked up multiple hits for Louisiana. Rodgers led Louisiana offensively, going three-for-three at the plate.
Louisiana 16 - Virginia 4
In the first game, Louisiana got off to a shaky start as Virginia scored three points in the first inning, but Louisiana soon overcame their jitters to post a win, 16-4 Saturday.
Louisiana managed to score three of their own in the first. Rodgers singled on a 0-2 count to score the first run. Louisiana started to creep away from Virginia as they scored one in the second and two in the third.
Louisiana pulled away in the sixth inning. The big bats were led by Dickerson, Sartin, Rodgers, Havard and Maggie Parker, who all drove in runs.
The hit parade continued in the sixth inning, as Louisiana would tack on an additional five runs.
Maggie Parker earned the victory on the rubber for Louisiana. She lasted five innings allowing five hits and four runs while striking out three.
Havard threw one inning in relief out of the bullpen.
Virginia pitchers would only strike one Louisiana player out as they recorded 18 total hits in the matchup.
Maggie Parker, Sartin, Lexi Parker, Dickerson, Maddie Middleton, Rodgers and Havard all collected multiple hits for Louisiana. Sartin and Parker had three hits each to lead their team.