Kelsey Siegrist and Addison Everett drove in 3 runs each to propel the Emporia-Greensville Dixie Youth Softball Angels All-Stars past Prince George 12-7 in the championship game of the Virginia District 3 Softball Tournament the Meherrin River Park Complex.
Siegrist also picked up the win in the circle hurling two and a third innings of no-hit softball and striking out three Prince George batters. Siegrist ran into control problems, walking five batters and was a victim of a 2-run error in the top of the third, but Bella Wells came on in relief getting Riley Hacker to ground out into a run-scoring fielders choice, walking Reta Haulberg and striking out Bristol Myers to keep the EGRA Angels in front 7-5.
EGRA tallied a run in the bottom of the frame. Kimmia Walton reached on a one-out double. She scored two batters later when Hailey Sowards reached on an infield error to extend the host team’s advantage to 8-5.
Prince George scored a run in the top half of the fourth inning to edge within 2 runs, 8-6, but the EGRA Angels more than answered with a 4-spot in the bottom of the frame. Kadence Schlosser and Sarah Crowder drew walks to start the Emporia half of the fourth. Syniah Smalls was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Siegrist produced a run-scoring ground out, followed by a 2-run Everett double. Everett moved third on a wild pitch and scored moments later on a Jacqueline Moore ground out to short to push the EGRA Angels advantage to 12-6.
Wells closed the door in the top half of the fifth inning snagging Hacker’s pop up in front of home plate for the final out of the game. She yielded four hits and struck out three Prince George batters in her 2 and 2/3 innings in the circle.
“We practiced hard, played hard and did everything we needed to do to win,” Angels manager Doug Poarch said. “Now we are off to Dinwiddie.”
The EGRA Angels went 3-0 in the tournament, defeating Prince George 10-8 in its opener, followed by a 23-5 victory against Colonial Heights.
The Virginia Angels State Dixie Youth Softball Tournament begins July 19 in Dinwiddie.