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Undefeated PEFYA Debs play for state title tonight

The Prince Edward-Farmville Youth Association (PEFYA) Debs softball team defeated Amelia 6-5 on Thursday evening and plays for the Dixie Softball Debs State Tournament Championship tonight in Kenbridge against Blackstone.

PEFYA is the only remaining undefeated team in the double-elimination tourney, and the girls’ record improved to 4-0 with the victory on Thursday, which eliminated Amelia.

The championship round is set to start at 6 p.m. tonight at 129 North Maple St. in Kenbridge. If Blackstone wins, it would need to beat PEFYA again to claim the title, with the second game likely to begin around 8 p.m.

Blackstone faced PEFYA on Wednesday evening and fell 10-4, struggling defensively. Meanwhile, PEFYA enjoyed pitching from Hannah-Gray Schmidt and solid offensive production throughout the lineup, despite playing without team leader Melissa Wright, who was sick.

Earlier in the tournament, PEFYA came back to defeat Lunenburg 7-6 and pulled away for a 17-5 victory over Amherst.

By winning the state title, PEFYA would advance to the Dixie Softball Debs World Series, set to start on July 30 in Alexandria, La.