TORI J. NORRIS |The Greenville Standard
Last Saturday night, or more like Sunday morning around midnight, the Greenville Dixie Debs beat the Smiths Station Debs to earn the honor to represent the State of Alabama at the Dixie Debs World Series in Alexandria, La. The World Series will begin on July 29.
The state tournament, held at the Softball Complex here in Greenville, originally consisted of three teams. However, after one team withdrew from the tournament, it came down to a best of three game series between Smiths Station and Greenville.
The Greenville Debs beat Smiths Station in the first game last Saturday morning 12-2, after the fifth inning. Pitchers Olivia Foster and Kaitlyn Padgett led the team to the victory as they only allowed six hits by Smiths Station. Knightlyn Mosley and Jodie Lowe led at the plate both; batting 2-for-2, Mosley with two doubles and Lowe with a single and a triple.
The two teams matched up again at 9 p.m. that evening. Greenville came out on top again winning 13-3 with a walk-off RBI by Caitlin Lee in the sixth inning. The Greenville Debs had a total of 16 hits, while pitchers, Foster and Padgett only allowed seven from Smiths Station.
Ashlyn McKeown batted 3-for-3 and earned three RBIs and Lowe was patient at the plate and was walked twice and had a single.
Following the second game, players and coaches of both teams were presented with certificates and medallions.
The Smiths Station Debs received a trophy for being the state runner up and the Greenville Debs received the State Champions trophy as well as state flags to carry with them to the World Series and a monetary donation to help the team purchase new jerseys to wear at the World Series as they represent Alabama.