Dudley Advances to State Final

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COLUMBUS, GA--  The Dudley Little League Softball team continued their undefeated streak at the state tournament Wednesday night.  

The girls from District 5 topped West Point 13 to 1.

Dudley will take on Toccoa Thursday night at 6 for the state championship.  Dudley defeated Toccoa in their first meeting 3-0.

Here is more on the game from manager Lance Smith:

The Dudley Little League Softball All-Stars cruised to victory in the semifinal round of the state playoffs with a 13-1 victory over West Point.

Hailey Sapp led off the first inning with a single and scored on Karson Smith's single to left center field. Dudley led 1-0 after the top of the first inning, and pitcher Taylor Cobb retired the West Point batters in order in the bottom of the inning.

The Dudley bats came alive in the second inning with Gracie Thompson leading off with a triple to centerfield. Caleigh Haskins reached on an error, scoring Thompson to extend the lead to 2-0. The hits kept coming with a double by Ariel Edenfield, a single by Smith, and a long double by Haskins. The Dudley lead was extended to 9-0 by the end of the second inning.

Dudley added four more runs in the third inning led by a single by Sapp and a triple by Miranda Thigpen. The game was stopped after four innings with the Dudley lead at 13-1. Cobb, Thigpen, and Payten Strickland all pitched in the one-hit victory.

"I am proud of the way our girls came out and took the game over early tonight. We swung the bats well in the second inning and put the game out of reach. Our pitchers did a good job of throwing strikes and keeping the West Point hitters off base," said manager Lance Smith.

Toccoa defeated Northern Columbus 10-0 in the other semifinal game, setting up a rematch between Dudley and Toccoa in Thursday's championship game.

"We have to play a good Toccoa team for the state championship. It's tough when it all comes down to one game in a single elimination tournament like this. Our girls have played so well over the past couple of weeks, and I hope they can put together another complete performance," said Smith.

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