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The Brunswick County Dixie Angels (ages 9-10) softball team finished second in the state tournament in Eden.
After opening the tourney with two victories, Brunswick lost 11-0 on July 16 to Rockingham.
“My catcher Morgan Barbee was slid into hard at home plate and broke her right arm,” coach Wayne Branch said.
Brunswick beat Hoke County 12-1 on July 17 to reach the state championship round. Against Hoke County, three pitchers threw a no-hitter. Amanda Phillips was the winning pitcher, throwing two innings of no-hit ball. Savannah Branch pitched the third inning and Katelyn Fulford the fourth. This was the second no-hitter the girls pitched in the state tournament.
“We had are best hitting performance of the tournament,” coach Wayne Branch said. Savannah Branch, Catherine Grainger, Peyton Daniels and Jenna Caison each had two hits. Fulford, Peyton Barrett, Reagan Eubanks, Ella Rose King and Phillips each had a hit.
The victory advanced Brunswick to the state championship round on July 18, where it had to beat Rockingham twice to win the state championship.
In the first game, Fulford pitched the entire game.
“The first four innings she was on a no-hitter pace,” Wayne Branch said. “In my opinion, it was the best I have ever seen her pitch.”
The girls were winning 2-0 in the bottom of the fifth when a couple of timely hits gave Rockingham a 3-2 victory.
Fulford, Daniels, Barrett, Kristlyn Simmons and Eubanks each had a hit.
“The girls played great this past week, leaving everything they had on the field,” Wayne Branch said. “It was a defensive game, where everyone contributed.”
Rockingham will play in Dixie Angels World Series (ages 9-10) later this month in Georgetown, S.C.