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|Gators play three in South Carolina|
The Ferriday Gators, representing the state of Louisiana, eliminated Texas in the Dixie Belles World Series Sunday, but fell short against host Sumter, South Carolina 7-5 to finish 1-2 in the World Series.
"We didn't play as well as we could have," said Ferriday coach Rut Horne. "We may have let the pressure get to us."
Ferriday fell to Mulberry, Florida 8-5 Saturday in its opening game.
Florida scored six of its eight runs in its first at-bat.
The Gators scored twice in the bottom as Ginny Daggett hit a two-run home run
Florida scored two more runs in the fifth inning while Ferriday added single runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth.
Ferriday defeated Texas 10-1 Sunday morning.
Laura Perrilloux, Mollie Devening and Ginny Daggett held Texas to three hits.
"We didn't have a pitcher give up more than two hits in all three games," Horne said. "Pitching wasn't the problem, we just didn't have the horsepower on offense."
Ferriday scored four runs in the top of the first inning, Ellen Bairnsfather walked and stole second.
"We didn't have a baserunner thrown out," Horne said. "We got somebody on first, they were automatically on second."
Savannah Johnston reached on a passed ball and Keke Collins reached on a fielder's choice.
Daggett cleared the bases with a triple and scored on a sacrifice fly by Kennedy Beard.
Ferriday had 12 hits in the game, with Daggett going 2-for-3 with a double and Devening as well as Savannah Johnston each going 2-for-3.
Sunday evening, Ferriday jumped led 5-0 lead after three innings, but South Carolina came back with seven runs over the final three innings for the win.
Sumter defeated Ferriday 2-1 last year in Alexandria. The Gators jumped ahead 4-0 as Daggett tripled with the bases loaded.
Daggett went 2-for-3 with the triple. Johnston and Devening also went 2-for-3.
"We had runners on second and third with two outs in the sixth with the score tied 5-5, but couldn't get them around," Horne said.
Horne returns his entire infield and pitching staff next year. Georgia will host next year's World Series.
"This was most of the players' second time around and with some luck we can get out of district and state again, but that's a tough thing to do," Horne said. "And we have two of the best 12-year-old pitchers in the state coming up in Karlee Woodruff and Paige Bryan."
Horne was scheduled to coach the Huntington softball team this summer, but a lack of players has the school not fielding a team.
"It's tough when they start the season before school begins," he said.
"We were working on bringing the program back, fielding a team last year. But we just didn't have enough come out to play."
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