Belles advance to World Series in Alexandria this Saturday

Winnsboro 24, East Rapides 7

The Winnsboro Dixie Softball Belles All-Stars recently completed an impressive run at the State tournament where they finished as State Champions.  The Belles began the tournament on July 18 with a game against Ward 10 from Tioga.  

Winnsboro struck first with four runs in the top of the first inning.  Carson King was hit by a pitch, stole second and scored on a single by Anne Elise Sartin.  Courtlynn Havard doubled to drive in Sartin; Maggie Parker then singled home Havard and Lexi Parker singled home Maggie Parker to put Winnsboro up 4-0.

Maggie Parker started in the circle for Winnsboro and pitched two scoreless innings to start the game.  

Winnsboro put the game away in the second inning, scoring eight runs on seven hits.  Ashlynn Drane, King, Sartin, Ashlyn Rodgers, Havard, Maggie Parker and Natalie Roberts all had hits in the inning.  

The final was Winnsboro over Ward 10 by a score of 24-7.  M

aggie Parker got the win for Winnsboro.  Shelby Dickerson pitched an inning, Havard pitched two innings and Roberts pitched one inning.  

Sartin, Havard and Drane were each 4-4 at the plate, with three of Havard’s hits being doubles.

Madisonville 8, Winnsboro 4

Winnsboro played Madisonville on July 19.  

Havard started for Winnsboro and gave up one run in the top of the first.  Winnsboro responded on an RBI triple by Sartin that plated King, who had reached base on a single.  Sartin later scored on an RBI groundout by Rodgers to put Winnsboro ahead 2-1.  

Madisonville answered in the top of the second by scoring four runs, and Winnsboro was not able to catch them the rest of the way.  

The final score was Madisonville 8, Winnsboro 4.  

Havard pitched  1 1/3 innings for Winnsboro, and Maggie Parker pitched 5 2/3 innings for Winnsboro in a strong relief appearance.  

Winnsboro had ten hits on the night paced by Dickerson and King with two hits each.  Maddie Middleton also had a double.  

The tournament was a double-elimination event meaning that Winnsboro now had no margin for error.  

Winnsboro 19, Buckeye 0

On Saturday morning Winnsboro faced the all-stars from Buckeye.  

Havard started for Winnsboro in the circle and pitched a gem.  She pitched a complete game, going five innings (a seven-inning game can end early if a team is ahead by more than ten runs any inning after five innings have been completed), giving up only one hit and one walk while striking out seven.  

Winnsboro scored two runs in the first inning when Dickerson singled, King doubled and Havard singled.  After scoring two more runs in the second inning, Winnsboro exploded for fifteen runs in the top of the third inning.  Dickerson started the inning with a single and scored on an inside-the-park home run by King.  Sartin and Rodgers then walked and both scored on a single by Havard.  Maggie Parker then drove in Havard with a triple.  Later in the inning Dickerson singled with the bases loaded, and all four runners scored on an error by the center fielder.  King then walked and Sartin drove a home run over the center field fence to make the score 17-0 Winnsboro.  

Buckeye was eliminated by a final score of 19-0.  

Havard got the win for Winnsboro.  Dickerson led the Winnsboro squad going 3-3.  Five Winnsboro players (Rodgers, Taylor Biggs, Drane, Mary Jo Southern and King), doubled.

Winnsboro 11, Madisonville 0

Saturday night Winnsboro had a rematch with Madisonville, the only undefeated team left in the tournament.  

As had been the case throughout the tournament, Winnsboro was able to strike in the first inning.  

King scored on a double by Sartin to put Winnsboro ahead 1-0 going to the bottom of the first.  

Sartin pitched her first game of the tournament and got off to a strong start by striking out the side in the bottom of the inning.  

The score remained 1-0 until the top of the fourth.  Sartin singled and scored on an error made on a fly ball hit by Rodgers.  Havard then singled, and both she and Rodgers scored on an RBI triple by Maggie Parker.  Roberts followed two batters later with another triple that scored Parker and Biggs.  

Winnsboro then put the finishing touches on the game in the top of the fifth inning.  Dickerson singled and King doubled to score Dickerson.  

For the second time on Saturday, Sartin hit a two-run home run over the center field fence to score King.  

The final score was Winnsboro 11, Madisonville 0.  

Sartin got the win for Winnsboro.  She pitched five innings, giving up four hits, striking out ten and walking none.   Winnsboro had 11 hits on the night, with Sartin going 3-3 and Maggie Parker going 2-3.

Winnsboro 15, Bastrop 5

After Saturday night three teams remained in the tournament, and each one of them had one loss:  Winnsboro, Madisonville and Bastrop.  

After drawing for matchups, Winnsboro had to play Bastrop Sunday morning, with the winner of that game facing Madisonville Sunday afternoon for the championship.  

Winnsboro was able to manufacture runs to take the lead in the top of the second inning against Bastrop.  Havard walked, Maggie Parker singled and Lexi Parker drove in Havard on an RBI groundout.  Roberts then drove in Maggie Parker on a sacrifice fly to center field to put Winnsboro ahead 2-0.  

Winnsboro added four more runs in the top of the third on five consecutive singles by Dickerson, King, Sartin, Rodgers and Havard and added one more run in the top of the fifth on an RBI single by Sartin to make the score 7-1.  

The game became a runaway in the top of the sixth when Winnsboro scored seven more runs highlighted by singles by Middleton, Dickerson, Rodgers, Havard and Maggie Parker.  Winnsboro won by a final score of 15-5.  

Sartin started the semifinal contest for Winnsboro and earned the win.  She pitched three scoreless innings, giving up three hits, striking out four and walking none.  Maggie Parker pitched 2 1/3 innings in relief and Havard closed the contest by pitching the final 1 2/3 innings.

Winnsboro 10, Madisonville 0

Winnsboro then faced Madisonville for the third time in the tournament to determine who would represent Louisiana in the Dixie World Series.  

Following a familiar script, Winnsboro scored in the top of the first when King singled and Sartin doubled her home.  Rodgers then singled and Havard and Maggie Parker followed with RBI singles to put Winnsboro ahead 3-0 going to the bottom of the first.  

The scored remained 3-0 until the top of the fourth when Winnsboro produced for four more runs.  Rodgers doubled to lead off the inning, Havard singled her home and Maggie Parker then reached on a fielder’s choice.  Lexi Parker stroked a double to left that scored both Havard and Maggie Parker.  Biggs followed with an RBI single to score Lexi Parker.  Winnsboro scored two more runs in the top of the sixth inning, all with two outs.  Maggie Parker doubled and scored on a single by Lexi Parker.  Following a single by Biggs, Roberts then singled to score both Lexi Parker and Biggs.  

The scoring was capped off in the top of the seventh when King doubled to drive in Dickerson.

Sartin started the championship game for Winnsboro and continued to dominate in the circle.  She pitched a complete game shutout, allowing one hit, striking out five and walking three to earn the win.  Similarly to her pitching against Bastrop in district play, Sartin did not allow any runs in the fifteen innings she pitched in the state tournament.  

Winnsboro retired Madisonville in the bottom of the seventh with a fly out to Dickerson, a strikeout and a spectacular play by Lexi Parker in right field to end the game and secure the title.  

King paced the offense going 3-4, with Rodgers, Havard, Maggie Parker, Lexi Parker, Biggs and Roberts each contributing 2 hits to the seventeen-hit team effort.

King, Sartin and Havard led the Winnsboro attack.  Each of them finished in the top three on the team in batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage, with Havard posting the top batting average of .706 (King .688; Sartin .650; M. Parker .524; Dickerson .500; Drane .500), King posting the highest on-base percentage of .773 (Havard .750; Sartin .682; Dickerson .565; Drane .533)  and Sartin posting the highest slugging percentage of 1.150 (King 1.063; Havard .882; M. Parker .762; Drane .571).  

Winnsboro travels to Alexandria to compete in the Dixie Belles World Series against teams from Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Texas and the host team of Alexandria.  Winnsboro’s first contest is July 27 at 11:00 a.m. against Virginia.  All games will be played at Johnny Downs Sports Complex.  The tournament runs through July 30.

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