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EARLY DEFICIT DOWNS TAMPA BAY TEAM

North Carolina capitalized on mental mistakes and errors, scoring seven runs in the second inning as Palma Ceia/Tampa Bay/Interbay lost 7-6 in its opening game of the Little League Softball Southern Regional.

North Carolina's Chelsea Stanfield highlighted the big inning, plating three runs with a double.

"We just got beat," PC/TB/IB manager Lee Pitisci said. "You can't give up seven runs in one inning and expect to win."

After the second inning, PC/TB/IB allowed no hits and scored six runs. PC/TB/IB was led offensively by Ashley Cozart, who was 3-for-4, and Sabrina Ciuzio, who had a two-run triple in the fourth.

S.C. 3, TENN. 2: Both South Carolina and Tennessee returned four players each from last season's Gulfport teams and Friday's matchup showed the experience. South Carolina, down 2-0 in the sixth inning, scored three runs for the comeback win on the champion team from last season.

Tennessee scored a run each in the first two innings before South Carolina pitcher Carley Hoover shut down its offense. In total, Hoover struck out six while the defense allowed only one Tennessee hit.

South Carolina capitalized on three Tennessee errors in the sixth inning with Alyssa Davis, Brianna Davis and Kati Smothers all scoring runs. Bria Barnhill got South Carolina's sole RBI.

For Tennessee, Mallory Black struck out six in a complete-game loss, while Kenzie Mullins had the teams' sole hit and scored a run.

VIRGINIA 8, W. VA. 4: Virginia overcame a four-run first inning by West Virginia in Friday's first game. Virginia scored one run in the first and second innings and sealed the game with a four-run fourth inning.

Virginia was led offensively by leadoff batter Chase Raynes, who was 2-for-2 with a double, two runs scored and three RBIs. Haley Life also had a double and two RBIs and picked up the win on the mound.

West Virginia's Cassie Weaver, Jaclyn Perry and Lindsey Spaulding each had two hits and scored one run each.

GEORGIA 7, ALABAMA 1: With both teams scoring one run in the second inning, Georgia scored four in the top of the fourth on two, two-run singles by Sara Stites and Jessica Perschka. Georgia added two in the top of the sixth on an error and a wild pitch. Perschka was the winning pitcher with nine strikeouts.

FAST FACTS

Southern Regional

Where: Arnold S. White Stadium, 658 58th St. S., Gulfport

Pool A

Team Record

North Carolina 1-0

Virginia 1-0

Palma Ceia/Tampa Bay/Interbay 0-1

West Virginia 0-1

Pool B

South Carolina 1-0

Georgia 1-0

Alabama 0-1

Tennessee 0-1

Schedule

Today: Alabama vs. Tennessee, 10 a.m.; North Carolina vs. Virginia, 1 p.m.; PC/TB/IB vs. West Virginia, 4 p.m.; Georgia vs. South Carolina, 7 p.m.

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