Belles Find Success In All-Star Tourney

Published 10:21 am Tuesday, June 30, 2015

EMPORIA — The Prince Edward-Farmville Youth Association (PEFYA) team is crushing every opponent it faces in the District 1 Belles All-Star tournament.

PEFYA has won three games in the tournament beginning with a 10-2 win over Colonial Heights on Friday. The local squad then defeated Lunenburg 12-2 the following Sunday and received a third-round bye. On Monday, PEFYA gained its third win with a 27-12 victory over Brunswick.

“With any of the teams I have been with before, this is probably the best group out of them that works together well. They have made very few errors in the whole tournament. I think in the three games (played) we might have made two errors,” said PEFYA Belles Manager David Schmidt.

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In the Belles first game against Colonial Heights, Jaden Capati pitched four innings and had five strikeouts. Capati and Taylor Thomas had two runs each that game.

Alexa Marzloff, Mary-Grace Amos, Shauneice Beasley, Hannah-Gray Schmidt, Gracie Hodges and SaRoya Walton had a run apiece against Colonial Heights.

In its second game PEFYA won in five innings with the slaughter rule over Lunenburg. Schmidt pitched for PEFYA during the game and had three RBIs. Amos also drove in three runs. Beasley had two, while Walton had the game-winning RBI.

Marzloff led PEFYA with three runs, while Capati, Thomas and Amos had two runs each. Schmidt, Hodges and Jordyn Harris had a run apiece.

PEFYA’s manager said the Monday win over Brunswick was a team effort.

“Jaden really came through on the pitching for us and everyone just hit well. Hannah-Gray came through on the catching, hitting, and pitching. Alexa was also a key player, while Mary-Grace filled out a mean shortstop. Nobody has been able to get past her,” David Schmidt said.

“We really want to thank the kids, and the parents, for working so hard and making our job easy.

With their most recent win, the PEFYA Belles advanced to the fifth day of the tournament when they were scheduled to face off against Lunenburg on Tuesday, June 30. See for results.

A win against Lunenburg would put PEFYA in the tournament championship game at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, July 1.