Lancaster Debs fall in World Series

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Alexandria, La., bumps county Debs all-stars in final four

By Robert Howey

Defending Debs World Series champion Alexandria, La., halted the Lancaster County Debs U18 softball all-stars’ postseason run with an extra-inning 3-2 win Tuesday, July 29, in Atoka, Tenn.
Alexandria, which defeated Lancaster County, 6-3, to open its tournament run Saturday, July 26, scored the winning run Tuesday night as a batter was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to force home the winning run.
Lancaster County had a final shot in the bottom of the eighth and had two runners reach base, but Alexandria quelled the charge to take the narrow win and advance to the championship round against Brunswick County West, the N.C. state champion.
“Our goal was the World Series championship, but we fell a little short after a great run,” Lancaster County Debs U18 coach Rick Sims said. “I’m proud of these girls and what they were able to accomplish.
“We had girls from every school area in the county – AJ, Buford, Indian Land and Lancaster – but we came together nicely and did well,” Sims said.
“We had a team effort all the way through.”
The LC Debs stars, after dropping their series opener, rebounded to post three straight wins to earn a bid to the tournament’s final four.
In the final game Tuesday night, Lancaster County scored on a Kayla Price RBI-hit and Ashley Lloyd’s fielder’s choice. In the same inning, Courtney Ackerman and Elizabeth Gaston had key hits to aid the Lancaster County rally.
Katy Ghent hurled a complete game for Lancaster County in its final game, allowing just three hits.
“Lancaster County Parks and Recreation is extremely proud of these girls and their coaches,” Lancaster County Parks and Recreation youth softball coordinator Kris Self said. “We had outstanding support and we appreciate the parents and fans for their support. The final game loss was tough, but we have a lot of great memories.”
Lancaster County, which went 8-3 in postseason play, earned a Debs World Series berth after capturing the state championship with a 4-3 win over Georgetown at Springdale Park in Lancaster on July 16.
“It’s been a great experience for these girls and their coaches,” Self said. “We closed our 2014 spring and summer softball program with a serious run for a World Series title. That’s a pretty outstanding season.”

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