West Chatham 12s split Little Dixie Youth Ponytails X-play openers at state tournament

Posted 7/12/19

WILMINGTON — The West Chatham 12U All-Stars posted a 1-1 record in the opening two days of the 2019 North Carolina Little Dixie Youth State Softball Ponytails X-play Division down in Wilmington …

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West Chatham 12s split Little Dixie Youth Ponytails X-play openers at state tournament

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WILMINGTON — The West Chatham 12U All-Stars posted a 1-1 record in the opening two days of the 2019 North Carolina Little Dixie Youth State Softball Ponytails X-play Division down in Wilmington over the weekend.

In opening round action, South Brunswick scored three runs in the top of the 1st inning on Saturday afternoon en route to an 11-4 triumph over West Chatham.

West Chatham tallied a run in the bottom of the third to narrow the gap to 4-1 but South Brunswick answered with a run in the fourth, four more in the fifth and two in the sixth to secure the first day win.

Trailing 3-0 in the third, West Chatham plated its initial run of the contest when Katelyn Brown, Ella Field, and Calissa Clendenin all slapped base hits.

South Brunswick upped its lead to 9-1 entering the bottom of the fifth when the locals pushed across two more runs behind base hits from Kaitlyn Garner, Karaleigh Dodson and Chloe Scott.

Brown would reach on a hit and score on a Sydney Russell safety in the bottom of the sixth to make the final 11-4.

Clendenin took the loss on the mound for West Chatham while Kina Davis notched the victory while also collecting a pair of hits and scoring twice for the victors.

The loss sent the West Chatham 12U All-Stars into the loser’s bracket on Sunday and an elimination game with Cherryville.

When the dust had settled Sunday, West Chatham moved on to third round play the next day by virtue of a 16-2 stomping of Cherryville in four innings.

West Chatham pushed across three runs in the top of the first before adding three more in the second and six in the third to take a commanding 12-0 lead before tacking on four more in the fourth to cap the resounding victory.

A walk to Underwood got things started for the local squad in the first before Clendenin and Sanchez collected clutch RBI-hits while later scoring. Walks to Dodson and Morris coupled with a base hit from Phillips led to three more runs in the second for West Chatham.

The locals put the game away for good in the third highlighted by a three run triple by Dodson and RBI-singles from Garner, Scott and Morris, a walk to Underwood, and Russell, who picked up the win on the mound, being hit by a pitch. For good measure West Chatham tallied its four runs in the fourth behind walks to Pickett and Russell, and base hits from Sanchez and Clendenin.

Action was rained out on Monday and was expected to resume Tuesday.

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