The Louisiana Belles Team are- Front row from left: Ashlyn Drane, Courtlyn Havard, Mary Jo Southern, Carson King, Ashlyn Rodgers, and Maggie Parker. Back row from left: Alexis Parker,Taylor Biggs, Natalie Roberts, Shelby Dickerson, Maddie Middleton, and Anne Elise Sartin. Coaches are from left: Scott Parker, Tommy Dickerson and Scott Sartin. (Photo by Morgan Anderson Gallagher)
Louisiana was well represented by the Winnsboro Belles as the team placed third in the World Series Southwest Regional tournament at Alexandria.
The Belles lost a close, hard fought game (2-0) to Georgia, Aug. 1.
“The girls battled tremendously hard and represented their community and state exceptionally well,” said coach Tommy Dickerson.
To face Georgia, Belles beat Virginia (16-4), Alabama (13-3) and Texas (9-2).
“We won our first three games against quality teams from Virginia, Alabama and Texas,” Dickerson said.
A monsoon-type storm hit Alexandria during the weekend of the tournament causing rain delays and forcing the Belles to play three games on Monday.
“We just ran out of gas against the host team (Alexandria) on our last game of the day,” Dickerson said.
The Belles lost to Alexandria 14-5.
“We then played neck and neck with Georgia on Thursday in the semifinals, but they just made a couple more plays than we did,” Dickerson said.
Georgia 2 - Louisiana 0
In a defensive battle, Louisiana lost to Georgia 2-0 in the semi-finals.
Georgia scored one run in the fourth and fifth innings to overcome Louisiana.
Anne Elise Sartin pitched a complete, seven-inning game for Louisiana. During Sartin’s strong performance, she recorded three strike outs, walked no one and scattered seven hits.
As a team, Louisiana collected five hits to Georgia’s seven.
Courtlynn Havard, Ashlyn Drane, Lexi Parker, Natalie Roberts and Carson King had one hit each to lead Louisiana.
“These young women are a special group,” Dickerson said. “People should keep an eye on them as they continue their softball careers.”
Dickerson attributed some of their success to community support.
“Everyone was extremely supportive of this team,” Dickerson said. “We wouldn’t have done as well as we did without all of those people being there for us.”