3-peat! Debs win state title

Published 5:07 pm Thursday, July 19, 2018

For the third year in a row, the Prince Edward-Farmville Youth Association (PEFYA) All-Star team set the standard in the state of Virginia for the Dixie Softball Debs division, and this time Farmville got to see it up close.

The PEFYA Debs All-Stars defeated the Clarksville All-Star team 21-11 Wednesday night at the PEFYA Field of Dreams complex to clinch their third straight Virginia Dixie Softball Debs State Championship.

“It feels amazing,” PEFYA Debs All-Star Shauneice Beasley said of achieving the three-peat. “It just feels amazing. It means we worked as a team to get back to where we are now.”

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Beasley played a pivotal role in making the achievement possible Wednesday — both on offense and defense.

PEFYA took a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning, fueled by Abby Roach’s two-out two-run homer. The host team added another run in the third, but in the top of the fourth, Clarksville came alive offensively.

It made the score 4-2, with Beasley mixing in a strikeout to put an out on the board, and then PEFYA Manager David Schmidt put Hannah-Gray Schmidt on the mound. Clarksville scored again, but Beasley caught a foul ball and Schmidt threw a strikeout to end the inning.

In the bottom of the fourth, the PEFYA All-Stars exploded for 12 runs, with RBIs coming from players including Sierra Wharam, Gracie Hodges, T’Asia Beasley Shauneice Beasley and Schmidt. The score was 14-3 before Clarksville could even get an out.

PEFYA carried a 16-3 lead into the top of the fifth inning, but then Clarksville showed why it had advanced this far, making the score 16-10 before Prince Edward-Farmville could get its first out. Shauneice Beasley returned to the mound when the score was 16-8 and threw two strikeouts to help stop Clarksville’s rally at 16-11.

Manager Schmidt noted his pitching strategy involved starting with Beasley, bringing in Hannah-Gray to put movement on the ball, switching to Wharam to pitch low, where the strike zone was, and restoring Beasley to bring “the heat.”

“It all worked,” he said.

The PEFYA All-Stars reached the state final after eliminating the Lunenburg County All-Star team 17-7 on Tuesday. Beasley ended that game with a walk-off two-run homer that invoked the mercy rule.

She answered the call Wednesday as well, recording an inside-the-park home run on errors in the bottom of the fifth that clinched the three-peat in walk-off fashion.