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Ponies finish 1-2 at World Series

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After scoring 22 runs in the “X-play” World Series opener, Spring Hill’s Dixie Ponytails (ages 11-12) All-Stars went from sizzle to fizzle.

Last Saturday, Spring Hill, aka Team Florida, buried Aynor, S.C., 22-12, in the opening round of the six-day, 12-team third annual World Series at the Ponchatoula Area Recreation fields in Louisiana.

In Game 2, the District 4 and Florida state champs fell victim to host Ponchatoula in a nail-biter, 9-8.

To compound matters in Game 3, Spring Hill’s Alyssa Kelly locked horns with the Hopkins County American, Texas ace in a pitcher’s duel.

Texas scratched out an early second-inning run and held on to a 1-0 shutout.

“We had a huge rain delay before that third game,” recalled Spring Hill skipper Paul McGee. “We were supposed to start at 6 p.m. and didn’t get on the field till after 10 p.m. I’ve never seen Alyssa pitch so well. She faced a girl who threw just as accurate, but we couldn’t lay off her rise ball.

“The other girl was so on, she no-hit us,” lamented McGee. “I can’t complain about our girls’ efforts; they did everything we asked of them. It was an impressive pitching duel.”

Looking at the bigger picture, he said, “Even though we didn’t win, our kids stuck together. In that second game we were down 8-2, but nobody quit in that dugout and we crept to within one before leaving the tying run at second base.

“The only trouble I had with the first game was we were ahead 11-1 with two outs in the bottom of the fourth and then dropped a foul ball and suddenly stayed in the game,” recalled Coach McGee. “We were very patient at the plate and took advantage of the walks we received.”

Describing the World Series experience, “I know the girls had a great time,” McGee said. “And of course, they were upset when we were eliminated. A lot of the kids cried afterward because this type of team doesn’t come around much. I know at least seven will be playing together at Challenger.”

In an overall sense, “I wouldn’t have traded this experience with my daughter and these girls for anything,” stressed Coach McGee, whose team finished 7-2 this summer. “We were eliminated with two one-run losses, it’s not like we were dominated. I’ll admit it; this group never gave up and never stopped pumping each other up.”

Defensively, Coach McGee recalls Lourdes Penichet racing 50 yards into left field to make a grab over her shoulder, and stopping and throwing a frozen rope back to first base to double up a runner.

Shortstop Cecelia McGee was a steady performer at shortstop recording seven putouts against Aynor.

“I don’t see the losses as much as I recall the incredible plays we made during the World Series,” said Coach McGee. “I can honestly say I have no regrets. I got to spend the last three months with a terrific bunch of coaches and players, who I call my second family. Ask anyone of our girls and they’ll tell you they’re a better player now than they were three months ago.”

After getting rained out on Wednesday, Jefferson Parish Westbank West (La.) captured the World Series title Thursday by drubbing West Robeson (N.C.), 10-2.

Final 3rd Dixie Softball Ponytails (ages 11-12) All-Stars “X-play” World Series Recap

at Ponchatoula Area Recreation’s Millville and Wadesboro Fields in Louisiana.


West Robeson, North Carolina 15, Indianola, Mississippi 5

Hopkins County American, Texas 6, Houston County, Tennessee 3

Montgomery American, Alabama 16, Broken Bow, Oklahoma 2

Montgomery County, Virginia 7, Jefferson Parish Westbank West, Louisiana 3

Spring Hill, Florida 22, Aynor, South Carolina 12

Ponchatoula, Louisiana 2, Columbia Dean Griner, Mississippi 0


Columbia Dean Griner, Mississippi 16, Houston County, Tennessee 13

Jefferson Parish Westbank West, Louisiana 23, Broken Bow, Oklahoma 2

Aynor, South Carolina 16, Indianola, Mississippi 1

Ponchatoula, Louisiana 9, Spring Hill, Florida 8

Montgomery County, Virginia 4, Montgomery American, Alabama 2

West Robeson, North Carolina 10, Hopkins County American, Texas 3

Jefferson Parish Westbank West, Louisiana 5, Aynor, South Carolina 1

Columbia Dean Griner, Mississippi 6, Montgomery American, Alabama 5

Hopkins County American, Texas 1, Spring Hill, Florida 0

Montgomery County, Virginia 16, West Robeson, North Carolina 6


Jefferson Parish Westbank West, Louisiana 17, Columbia Dean Griner, Mississippi 1

West Robeson, North Carolina 11, Hopkins County American, Texas 6

Montgomery County, Virginia 7, Ponchatoula, Louisiana 6


West Robeson, North Carolina 12, Ponchatoula, Louisiana 1

Jefferson Parish Westbank West, Louisiana 9, Montgomery County, Virginia 4


Rained out


West Robeson, North Carolina 4, Montgomery County, Virginia 3


Jefferson Parish Westbank West, Louisiana 10, West Robeson, North Carolina 2

Final 3rd Ponytails (ages 10-12) All-Stars “X-play” World Series Standings

- Compiled by TONY CASTRO


1. Jefferson Parish Westbank West, La. 5 1 .833 67 17

2. West Robeson, N.C. 5 2 .714 60 44

3. Montgomery County, Va. 4 2 .667 41 30

4. Ponchatoula, La. 2 2 .500 18 27

5. Indianola, Miss. 2 2 .500 28 50

5. Hopkins County American, Tx. 2 2 .500 16 24

7. Spring Hill, Fla. 1 2 .333 30 22

7. Aynor, S.C. 1 2 .333 29 28

7. Montgomery American, Ala. 1 2 .333 23 12

10. Houston County, Tenn. 0 2 .000 16 22

10. Broken Bow, Oklahoma 0 2 .000 4 39

10. Columbia Dean Griner, Miss. 0 2 .000 1 18

TOTALS (12) 23 23 .500

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