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Boone softball eliminated from Southeast Regional

Douglas Fritz • Updated Jul 28, 2019 at 8:42 PM

Daniel Boone fell one game short of having a chance to return to the Little League Softball World Series.

The defending Southeast Regional champs fell 10-3 to West Virginia on Sunday in the losers’ bracket final in Warner Robins, Georgia.

Boone was pushed into the losers’ bracket with a 5-4 extra-inning loss to North Carolina earlier Sunday.

Boone, which finished fifth in the world last year and returned several players for another run at a title, jumped ahead 1-0 against West Virginia — a team Boone defeated 3-2 on Friday. Kayleigh Musser had an RBI single in the bottom of the first inning.

Unfortunately, Boone allowed four runs in the second inning. West Virginia tacked on a run in the third inning and five more in the fifth inning.

Brooklyn Dailey, batting ninth for West Virginia, did the lion’s share of the damage. She went 3 for 3 with five RBIs. No. 8 hitter Alexis Gibson was 2 for 2 with three RBIs.

Boone fought hard in its final at-bat. Josie Jenkins and Kyleigh Bacon hit back-to-back triples to make it 10-2. Ava Saul followed with a sacrifice fly to cut the deficit to seven runs.

North Carolina 5

Daniel Boone 4

In the winners’ bracket final, the two remaining undefeated teams went after each other hard. North Carolina earned the win on Kynlee Dextraze’s walk-off single to left field in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Boone forced extra innings when Kayleigh Musser hit a two-out two-run triple to tie the contest at 4-4 in the sixth inning.

Boone scored twice in the first inning. Riley Croley led off with a single, and one out later Kyleigh Bacon cracked an inside-the-park homer to center field.

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