The Florida Debs got a huge sendoff last week as they headed to the Dixie Softball World Series in Powhatan, Virginia.


The Florida Debs got a huge sendoff last week as they headed to the Dixie Softball World Series in Powhatan, Virginia.



A large contingent of the county athletes gathered in Carrabelle at the crack of dawn on Thursday, Aug. 2 to send the girls and their families off to the competition, set to begin Saturday afternoon.



Pastor Ron Barks offered a prayer for success as the girls and their families joined hands. County Commissioner Cheryl Sanders was in attendance for the sendoff, which continued on as sheriff’s deputy Carl Whaley and Carrabelle police officer Amber Richards accompanied the queue to the county line.



The girls and their families stayed in Fayetteville, North Carolina for a night before heading on to their Saturday afternoon opener in Virginia, where they fell 4-2 in seven innings against the host team from Powhatan.



“We simply had an off day," said coach Kevin Newell. “We did not hit at all.”



Morgan Newell opened the afternoon on the mound, and pitched four innings, before giving way to reliever Chena Segree in the fourth and fifth innings. Newell came back to the mound in the final two innings. Both pitchers gave up two runs to Powhatan.



Newell helped her cause by going 3-for-3 at the plate, hitting a pair of triples and a single, for a pair of runs batted in.



“That was the only hits Team Florida had. We were much better but played bad,” said the coach.



The Franklin County squad, which won the state title last month, squared up Sunday morning against Tennessee, which had fallen to Alabama on Saturday.



“We came out in fire,” said Newell. “Morgan Mock, Maddie Newell, Morgan Newell all had hits in the first inning to load the bases, but with three consecutive groundballs that never left the infield, we would only score one run in the first.”



Chena Segree started on the mound and pitched five innings. “She pitched great,” said the coach. “She gave up four walks and four earned runs. The other three runs came off of an error in the outfield.”



Mock, Maddie Newell, Morgan Newell and Anna Lee each went 1-3 at the plate, with Segree and Ally Millender going 2 for 2.



“Again we were the better team, but just did not bat well,” said Newell. “Ten players left on base is not going to win you many games.” – By David Adlerstein