Game 1: Mississippi
North Carolina state champions, Dunn scored all three of their runs against Mississippi in the third inning. They had eight total hits in the round one World Series win.
Eva Kate McLamb got the start and pitched the first two innings. She struck out three batters, walked three and allowed only one hit.
Samantha Carter threw the third inning, allowing one hit, no walks and striking out one batter.
Jordyn Christopher came in to relieve Samantha, throwing in the fourth and fifth innings. Jordyn faced six batters, struck out five, allowing no walks and no hits.
The key to that three-run inning was “small ball,” head coach Cullen Clark said.
“We started bunting on them, playing small ball and getting girls on base. We sacrificed runners to second and third (base), then walked the bases loaded.”
He said Jordyn was then hit in the head by a pitch that forced in the first run. She was credited with the RBI.
“Ella Clark came up right behind (Jordyn), with the bases loaded and one out and hit a two-RBI double,” he said. “It was a good inning.”
Ella went 2-2, with two RBIs. Molly Bass was 2-2, with a double. Olivia Crumpler, Sam Carter, Reagan Adams and Aubrey Collaso each had one hit apiece.
Cullen said that the low-scoring 3-0 win could be accredited to nervousness. “Nerves played a big part for both teams,” he said. “That Mississippi team was really, really good. I’m confident — even with nerves — that we beat a really good team.”
He said his team has a lot of work to do and they will need to swing the bats a little better to make it through a Dixie Youth World Series field with many good teams.
“We have to buckle down today and see what happens,” Clark said.
Game 2: Florida
Dunn won 7-2 over Florida yesterday afternoon.
Florida’s state champion All-Stars scored two runs in the top of the first inning.
“We finally woke the bats up in the bottom of the second inning,” Clark said.
Dunn’s Angels had seven total hits in Sunday afternoon’s win. Ella Clark went 2-3, with a triple and one RBI. Molly Bass went 2-2, with an RBI of her own. Aubrey Collaso laid down an RBI sacrifice bunt. Jordyn Christopher and Olivia Crumpler had one hit apiece, and Reagan Adams hit a triple that knocked in three RBIs.
With the bases loaded and one out, (Reagan) a hit a triple down the first base line that scored everybody,” Clark said. “That’s what got us kicked off in the second inning. Those were the first three runs we scored.”
The pitching and defense has been on point for these N.C. state champions.
Eva Kate McLamb got the start and threw two innings. She had six strikeouts, two walks, no errors but allowed two runs.
Jordyn Christopher threw the third and the fourth innings, giving up no walks and no hits. Jordyn struck out six batters.
In the fifth inning, Samantha Carter came in to pitch. Samantha threw three strikeouts, allowed two walks and no hits.
“Our pitching’s been good,” Clark said. “So far, we’ve had no errors the whole time we’ve been here. Our defense is playing really, really well.”
Clark admitted their biggest adversary has been the sweltering heat, with temperatures in the mid-90s, that feel like 102.
“We had to call a time out in the fifth inning,” he said, “We had some girls who were dizzy and light-headed. It was a long game. It was a long and emotional game.”
He said they called the timeout to get those girls into the dugout, give them water and cool them off with wet towels.
Said Dunn Parks and Recreation Director Brian McNeill, “It was hot. It was pretty intense. Both teams were pretty good. It was really competitive. Once the girls got in a groove, they started taking control of the game.”
Dunn’s Angels (10U) Dixie Youth Softball All-Stars will play either Louisiana or Georgia tonight at 7:30.