Montgomery County debuts with a World Series win
Team Virginia from Montgomery County opened the inaugural Dixie Angels X-play World Series with a 4-0 shutout victory over the state champions from Perry County, Georgia. Skyler Dehart led Virginia on the mound throwing a complete game shutout. She would strike out 11, walk just two, and give up just two hits in the game.
Georgia would threaten in the top of the first getting both of their hits on the day but would leave the runners stranded at 2nd and 3rd as Dehart collected two strike outs and first baseman Emily Scaggs ended the inning with an unassisted putout at first base. Georgia’s pitcher started strong striking out the side in the bottom of the first. Dehart would walk a batter but strikeout the side herself in the top of the 2nd to keep the game scoreless. In the bottom of the 2nd, Jaylin Shepherd would lead off with a single, steal 2nd and 3rd and come to score on an RBI groundout from Abby Wilson. Courtney Raines would draw a walk, Tori Boyd was hit by a pitch, and McKenzie Lawrence would draw a walk to load the bases, but Georgia would escape further damage and get out of the inning.
Georgia would go down in order in the top of the 3rd. In the bottom of the 3rd, it was Addy Huff leading off with a single, stealing 2nd and 3rd and coming home on a RBI ground off the bat of Rachel Harding giving Virginia a 2-0 lead. Another 1-2-3- inning for Georgia would keep the momentum in Virginia’s favor. In the bottom of the 4th, Scaggs would lead off with a single and steal 2nd, 3rd and home to increase the lead to 3-0. Wilson would draw a walk, steal 2nd and 3rd and score on a deep RBI sacrifice fly from Lawrence increasing the lead to 4-0. Dehart would stick out the first batter in the top of the 5th. Then walk one, followed by a putout from shortstop Boyd to first baseman Scaggs and then a strikeout to end the game.
This was Montgomery County’s first ever win at the World Series level and now will get ready for the state champions from Tennessee. Summertown, TN defeated Geneva, Alabama 3-2 to open the day’s action. Virginia vs. Tennessee is scheduled for Sunday at 2PM/CST, 3PM EST. Sunday is a doubleheader day, win or lose Virginia will be back in action Sunday evening as well.
– Submitted by Chris Slusher
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