Madison Heights - After dropping its first game in the Angels State Tournament to Brookneal Tuesday night, Appomattox returned the favor Wednesday night, beating Brookneal 2-0 to win the state championship and earn a berth to next week's World Series in Mississippi.
The game was scoreless until the fourth when Leah Caldwell's ground out to first plated Skylar Sams to give Appomattox a 1-0 lead.
Brookneal had runners at first and second, nobody out, in the bottom of the frame but Caldwell got a strikeout, then Appomattox turned a double play to get out of the inning.
Appomattox scored once more in the fifth for the 2-0 final, Appomattox advances to next Friday's World Series in Mississippi.
Appomattox pitcher Leah Caldwell said "It got me really nervous at some points. It was like could I do that, or could I put it in where they asked me to put it. It was kind of nerve-racking."
Question - "But you came through. How proud of yourself are you right now?"
Caldwell said "Really."
Appomattox Head Coach Jennifer Hackett said "Oh they are so excited, and a lot of them are crying because they're so happy and just overwhelmed. They're just joyful."
Angels Assistant Coach Jeremy Marcum said "Tight-knit group and they came together tonight to pull it out. So we're going to Mississippi and they're very excited."