Southeastern Region softball: Virginia ends its tournament on a winning note

WARNER ROBINS - Virginia took out a road trip's worth of frustration Sunday, hammering South Carolina, 10-3, in a consolation game of the Little League Softball Southeastern Region Tournament.

Winless in three games in Pool A - two of them by a single run - Virginia wasted little time jumping out in front. Virginia scored six runs in the first inning, setting the tone for the game and setting up the club for a relaxing drive back to Bridgewater.

Allie Herring hit a bases-loaded double, clearing the bases and posting Virginia to an early 3-0 lead. Natalie Helmick followed with a double, as well. Olivia Swope and Kiersten Roadcap also had RBIs in the inning.

Virginia added a single run in the second and three more in the third. Shortstop Alexa Sheets hit her second inside-the-park home run of the tournament, a three-run blast to cap the scoring.

Olivia Cook pitched 3-2/3 inning for Virginia to earn the win. She allowed just one hit through the first three innings before tiring in the fourth and yielding to Sheets.

South Carolinia refused to leave quietly, mounting a rally in the fourth inning. Samantha Pegg and Ashley Hawkins drove in runs to help the team avoid the run rule.

Making its second consecutive trip to the Southeastern Region tournament, Blue Ridge, S.C. was once again forced to settle for one win in four games.

South Carolina 000 300 - 3 3 3

Virginia 613 000 - 10 6 3

WP: Olivia Cook. LP: Taylor Justice.

HR: V - Alexa Sheets

2B: V - Allie Herring, Natalie Helmick