North Carolina teams are the queens of Dixie Softball
Published Friday, August 3, 2012
By Chris Sokoloski
North Carolina teams won the Dixie Darlings and Dixie Angels Traditional World Series tournaments on Wednesday night at 8 Oaks Park near Georgetown.
The Angels were from Rockingham and Darlings were from West Stanly.
The Angels went undefeated in the Series, and beat Georgia 6-1 in the championship game. It was the second win over Georgia. North Carolina also beat South Carolina twice (4-3, 6-4), Virginia (3-0), and Florida (4-3).
"It's unreal," said North Carolina coach Mike Way. "It's all been a fairy tale."
The Darlings beat Tennessee 10-9 in the championship game to avenge their one loss of the Series. North Carolina also beat Alabama 7-2, Virginia 17-6, Louisiana 19-7, and Texas 14-2.
The Darlings championship game was delayed by one hour after Louisiana, which lost to Tennessee in the semi-final, filed a protest claiming Tennessee had switched pitchers illegally.
The Tennessee coach said he had made the same switch in the same inning in every game of the Series, and the Louisiana protest was denied.
While on their way out of the facility, unhappy Louisiana parents then taunted the Tennessee players and coaches, who were getting ready to play North Carolina. After some verbal sparring between the Louisiana folks and the Tennessee coaches, the game commenced and North Carolina won.
Texas won the sportsmanship award for the Darlings and Virginia won the award for the Angels.
Zack Black, Angels World Series director, praised the facilities and said the World Series went great.
"Hospitality has been great," Black said. "I'd be glad to come back."
Black said he would support Georgetown if the county decided to bid on more Dixie World Series tournaments.
It was the North Carolina Angels first visit to the county.
"It's a wonderful area," Way said. "First-class facilities. As good as I've ever seen."
Coach Karla Tuggle, whose Georgia team lost in the Angels final, agreed.
"This has been a fantastic tournament," she said. "The greatest experience of my life. The people of Georgetown have been great."
This was the third Dixie World Series for Tuggle and her daughter, Lucy. She said the family that hosted the team gave them access to a beach house on Pawleys Island on Sunday for some relaxation.
Kelly McCoy said the Tennessee team also traveled to Pawleys Island for some beach time. Her daughter, Kaytlan Mascroft, was the catcher on the Darlings.
McCoy was also impressed with the facilities.
"We love the fields. They've got a great facility here."
Patti Tannehill traveled all the way from Lafayette, La., to see her granddaughter, Hanah Hall, play.
"It was great," Tannehill said. "Everybody was very hospitable."
n Alabama lost to North Carolina 7-2, beat Florida 9-3, beat South Carolina 9-3, and lost to Tennessee 14-9.
n Andrews lost to Florida 23-2, and lost to Texas 19-0.
n Florida beat Andrews 23-2, lost to Louisiana 14-4, and lost to Alabama 9-3.
n Louisiana beat Texas 15-8, beat Florida 14-4, beat Tennessee 13-11, lost to North Carolina 19-7, and lost to Tennessee 5-3.
n Mississippi lost to Virginia 15-14, beat Georgia 16-14, and lost to Texas 21-1.
n South Carolina lost to 23-1 to Tennessee, beat Virginia 8-6, and lost to Alabama 9-3.
n Tennessee beat Georgia 19-2, beat South Carolina 23-1, beat North Carolina 9-6, lost to Louisiana 13-11, beat Louisiana 5-3, and lost to North Carolina 10-9.
n Texas lost to Louisiana 15-8, beat Andrews 19-0, beat Mississippi 21-1, and lost to North Carolina 14-2.
n Virginia beat Mississippi 15-14, lost to North Carolina, and lost to South Carolina 8-6.
n Alabama beat Texas 7-5, lost to Georgia 17-0, and lost to Louisiana 13-1
n Andrews lost to Georgia 11-0, and lost to Texas 3-2.
n Florida beat Mississippi 8-1, beat Tennessee 4-0, lost to North Carolina 4-3, and lost to South Carolina 3-1.
n Georgia beat Andrews 11-0, beat Alabama 17-0, lost to North Carolina 6-5, beat Louisiana 10-0, and lost to North Carolina 6-1.
n Louisiana lost to Virginia 7-4, beat Alabama 13-1, beat Virginia 2-0 and lost to Georgia 10-0.
n Mississippi lost to Florida 8-1 and lost to South Carolina 10-1.
n South Carolina lost to North Carolina 4-3, beat Mississippi 10-1, beat Texas 11-3, beat Florida 3-1, and lost to North Carolina 6-4.
n Tennessee lost to Florida 4-0, and lost to Virginia 10-2.
n Texas lost to Alabama 7-5, beat Andrews 3-2, and lost to South Carolina 11-1.
n Virginia beat Louisiana 7-4, lost to North Carolina 3-0, beat Tennessee 10-2 and lost to Louisiana 2-0.