DIXIE DISTRICT TOURNAMENTS
Four Games Into District Play In Lillington — No Hits For Dunn 10-U Foes
From Staff Reports
Dunn Angels (10-and-under) softball All-Star coach Jeremy Bass knew he had a good nucleus of players returning from the group that won the Dixie state championship last year.
Bass found out just how good as Dunn did not allow a hit in the first four games of the district tournament in Lillington.
The extended domination of opposing hitters included backto- back perfect games on Saturday.
The Dunn Angels nearly had three perfect games in a row but an error in the final inning of a 2-0 win over Hope Mills allowed a baserunner.
Dunn defeated Hope Mills 14-0 on Friday night in three innings. Emily Scott pitched two innings and Kenzie Adams threw one inning to combine for a nohit shutout.
Emily Williams had one hit and one RBI. Harmony Horne had two hits and two RBIs. Aubree Bass had two RBIs. Kenzie Adams and Stephanie Davis had RBIs. Jordyn Christopher had a hit.
The Dunn Angels defeated Lumberton 6-0 on Saturday afternoon. Bass and Williams combined for a perfect game. Bass pitched four innings and struck out 10 batters. Williams pitched one inning and had one strikeout.
Scott had a triple against Lumberton. Horne had a hit and an RBI. Bass had two hits and two RBIs. Adams had a hit and an RBI. Lindsey Knoll had an RBI.
The Dunn Angels defeated Hoke County 10-0 on Saturday night. Williams pitched two innings and struck out four. Scott pitched one inning and fanned three. The Dunn duo combined for a perfect game.
Bass hit a grand slam in the first inning to right center field. She had four RBIs. Christopher had a base hit, Adams, Davis and Knoll all had RBIs.
The Dunn 8-and-under coachpitch softball All-Stars won their opening game Friday night 23-1 over Lumberton at Lillington as each player had at least one hit and scored at least two runs.
Sydney Bradham was 3-for-3 with two home runs. Ella Clark and Emma Williford were each 3-for-3 with homers.
Bailey Dorman was 2-for-2 with a home run. Olivia Crumpler was 2-for-3 with a homer.
Going 2-for-2 were Abby Johnson, Mollie Bass, Kelsey Matthews and Emery Johnson.
Aubrianna Collaso and Addie Stanley each went 2-for-3. Winter McNeill was 1-for-2.
Dunn fell 6-5 to Hope Mills on Saturday as a controversial slung bat call cost the local girls a baserunner in the final inning.
Clark and McNeill each finished 2-for-2 in the setback. Bradham was 2-for-3.
Getting one hit each were Crumpler, Collaso, Williford, Abby Johnson, Bass and Dorman.
A win in an elimination game Sunday assured the Dunn Darlings of a berth in the state tournament.
Dunn AA Boys
In Raeford, Dunn’s 8-and under coach-pitch baseball All-Stars waited out a four-hour rain delay Saturday before downing Lee County 27-0.
The local team won its second game of the day, 11-0, over Hope Mills National.
Coach Tommy Daughtry cited the defensive effort and focus in the pair of shutouts.
“After the rain delay, how the team played says volumes about the alertness and no-excuse mentality of these young men as ballplayers.
“What an honor it is to lead this group of kids in playing America’s game on Father’s Day weekend.
“There’s nowhere else I’d rather be and nothing else I would rather be doing.”
Daughtry noted the consistency of the Dunn effort.
“Everyone was hitting,” said the Dunn coach. “Everyone got on base and 11 of the 12 players scored at least one run.
“As Michael Jordan said, ‘Talent wins games but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.’ “That’s what our coaching staff is trying to instill in this young team — not just for baseball but in life. … We want to play for each other and use our minds, not just our physical attributes.”
Host Lillington had entries in the Darlings, Angels and Belles (15-and-under) softball divisions.
In the 8-and-under, Lillington fell 14-0 to West Robeson on Friday. The hosts posted win over Hoke and Lumberton before being ousted by Hope Mills.
The 10-and-under team opened with a win over Scotland County before losing to Hoke and Hope Mills.
Losses to West Robeson and Hope Mills stopped Lillington in the 15-and-under bracket.
These four pitchers for the Dunn Angels (10-and-under) softball team did not allow a hit in four games of the Dixie district softball tournament in Lillington, including back-to-back perfect games. Kneeling is Emily Scott. Standing from left are Emily Williams, Aubree Bass and Kenzie Adams.
Daily Record Photo/Al Myatt