DENTSVILLE — One game.
That’s all the Union County Dixie Darlings have left on their march to a state championship after the team upset perfect Turbeville on Wednesday night by a score of 20-9.
“The Union Dixie Darlings surprised the only undefeated team in the tournament, Turbeville, when they racked up eight runs in the first inning to lead the game 8-1,” said head coach Stacy Kicidis.
The Union County team won by those 11 runs in just four innings after having to wait an extra day to play Turbeville due to a weather delay on Tuesday.
After the match with Turbeville, there were only three teams remaining in the 2010 Dixie Girls State Tournament with one loss each. The Union County Dixie Darlings drew for the bye in the next round and won.
“We automatically advanced to the championship game,” Kicidis said.
That was the only game standing in the Union County team’s way of collecting a state title and it was set to be played on Thursday evening — against a familiar foe.
“Union will meet Turbeville again today,” Kicidis said on Thursday. “But this time for the Dixie Girls Darlings State Championship Title.”
There were several highlights from the teams’ first bout on Wednesday.
“Our hitting was untouchable,” Kicidis said.
Kailee Stepp smashed one over the fence to score a two-run home run and claim the only out-of-the-park home run of the entire state tournament.
“They held a special ceremony presenting her with a home run ball after the game,” Kicidis said.
Stepp went 3-for-3 with four RBI and had that one home run on the night. Helping her at the plate were Kate Burgess who was 2-for-3 and knocked in two runs, Ashanti Young went 3-for-3 with two RBI, Bailey Betenbaugh was 3-for-3 with an RBI, Caeli Kearse went 2-for-3 with three RBI and Addy Ferrell was 3-for-3 with two RBI.
Defense helped the Union County team to a victory as well.
“Our defense was solid with the infield making some great plays and the outfielders closing the gaps to hold Turbeville to just nine runs,” Kicidis said.
Watch The Union Daily Times to find out how the Darlings did in the state championship game on Thursday.