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Ferriday Gators advance to championship

ALEXANDRIA, La. — Mollie Devening and Ginny Daggett combined to strike out seven batters and hold Alabama to just six hits as the Ferriday Gators advance to the finals of the 2013 Dixie Debs World Series with a 13-3 win in six innings Wednesday afternoon.

“We started out really, really well. We scored seven runs in the first inning,” Ferriday Gators head coach Rut Horne said. “They walked a couple of batters, and we got a few hits. They changed their pitcher, and she did a good job keeping us down the next five innings.”

But despite the change in pitchers for Alabama, Ferriday was still able to score six runs over those next five innings to end up winning via the 10-run rule.

Devening was the winning pitcher after allowing three runs, only one earned, on four hits with four strikeouts in four innings. Daggett gave up two hits and struck out three in two innings of relief. Neither of them walked a single batter.

“Our pitching was really good tonight,” Horne said.

Laura Perilloux went 3-for-4, Marty Lewis was 2-for-3, Kennedy Beard had an RBI triple in the top of the sixth inning and Devening had a double for Ferriday.

As to which teams the Ferriday Gators play in the finals depends on the winner of the Alexandria/North Carolina game. If Alexandria wins, Ferriday will play them at 6 p.m. today and will have to beat them twice because the host team will be undefeated. However, if North Carolina defeats Alexandria, all three teams will have one loss and a coin flip will determine which two teams will play each other in the 6 p.m. game and which team gets a bye to the 8 p.m. game.

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