UNION COUNTY — The Union County 12u Ponytails Division Dixie Girls Softball Team won the South Carolina State Championship Tournament in Bluffton on Wednesday. The team swept through the tournament winning each game by at least ten runs.
In the championship game on Wednesday, Union County pitcher Abby Benfield threw a complete game no hitter to help lead the team to the title as they defeated Blythewood 11-0 in four innings. Union County scored early and often as they got on the board quickly in the top of the first inning when Averie Lewis tripled in two runs.
Union’s big inning came in the top of the fourth when they were able to score five runs in the inning with singles by Mackenzie Ford, Starr Young, Karlie Chapman, and Brianna Millwood, as well as a big double by Janiyah Glenn. Union County had 11 total hits in the contest.
Benfield pitched the whole game for the Union County team and on top of allowing no hits she also struck out eight Blythewood batters and walked only one.
The Union County Allstars will now become Team South Carolina as they will represent the Palmetto State in the Dixie Softball World Series that will be held in Alexandria, Louisiana, Friday, July 27-Thursday, Aug. 2.
Over the coming days and weeks there are sure to be many fundraisers to help offset the cost of these girls traveling to the World Series. To find out how you can help visit the Union County Dixie Girls Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/UCDGS/.
Tyler Shugart is the host of “Bump and Run” from 7-9 a.m. on Fox Sports 1400 AM 98.3 FM in Spartanburg. He can be reached at [email protected]