|South Carolina wins Dixie Angels World Series|
|Joseph Elerson | News-Telegram Sports Writer|
Aug. 4, 2006 - For the third consecutive year, South Carolina reigned supreme at the Dixie Angels World Series.
But they had to come back from their first loss in three years.
Tennessee beat South Carolina in the first game of the championship series, 7-6, to force the final game of the night in which South Carolina won, 5-1, at Coleman Park Thursday.
Tennessee finished the tournament with a 5-2 record, while South Carolina went 6-1 in tournament play. Both of Tennessee's losses came to SC with a 5-3 loss coming on Monday.
Tennessee 7, South Carolina 6
Tennessee jumped out to the early 2-0 lead in the first inning as Jodi Duncan opened the game with a triple to right field off Carolina starting pitcher Laura Reynolds, and with one out Alex Stanford drove in Duncan with a double for the 1-0 lead.
Ashton Needham then hit into a sacrifice, advancing Stanford to third before Erica Nall drove in Stanford with a triple of her own for the 2-0 lead.
The Volunteer State extended its lead to 4-0 in the bottom of the third inning as Haley Whitney opened with a double to left field, followed by an RBI double from Duncan, Karlie Sorrentino hit into a sacrifice back to Reynolds and then Stanford hit a sacrifice fly scoring Duncan for the 4-0 lead.
But then South Carolina found its spark in the top of the fourth inning scoring four runs of its own off Stanford.
SC opened up the inning with back-to-back walks by Shelby Peters and Iyana Manigo before Jaime McLaine rapped a single to right field scoring Peters and Manigo then came into score on the throw-in.
Canyon Crosby then rapped a double to the left field scoring McLaine, and later scored on a double by Michelle Pye to tie the game at 4-4.
Tennessee bounced back with three more runs in the bottom of the fifth inning as Mady Cox and Ashley Wilson induced back-to-back walks before Whitney cleared the bases with a double to center field for a 6-4 lead.
Duncan then grounded out and following walks to Sorrentino and Stanford, Needham hit into a fielder's choice scoring Whitney for a 7-4 lead.
With one final chance to tie the game in the sixth inning, South Carolina scored two runs on Stanford after she induced two consecutive ground outs.
McLaine and Crosby then hit singles and McLaine scored on an errant throw by Tennessee to cut the deficit to 7-5. Following a walk to Reynolds, Pye then singled to right field and Crosby scored to cut the score to 7-6 before Stanford got a pop-up up to Sorrentino for the final out of the game.
South Carolina 5, Tennessee 1
In the final game of the tournament, South Carolina jumped out to a 4-0 lead off Tennessee starter Ashton Needham.
SC's Brianna Chisolm drove a two-run single to left field, scoring Reynolds (single) and Pye (single), and then later in the inning Taylor Hoff hit a single to left field, scoring Chisolm and Amber Reeves (single).
South Carolina's McLaine then gave up one run in the bottom of the inning as Duncan opened by reaching on an error, and with one out Stanford singled to left field as Duncan scored from first for the 4-1 deficit.
McLaine and Crosby gave up one three hits the remainder of the game as Needham had a single in the fifth inning, Sarah Raygan Huffman also had a single in the inning and Cox had a single in the sixth inning.
South Carolina scored their final run in the top of the fifth inning as Shontavia Holmes opened the inning with a ground out, followed by an unassisted put out by Mady Kate Gantt on Chelsea Dewitt for the second out of the inning. Manigo then singled, Peters walked and Givens was hit in the helmet to load the bases. McLaine then forced a bases-loaded walk as Manigo scored for the 5-1 lead.
Reeves led the way for South Carolina going 2-for-3 at the plate with a run scored.