From Staff Reports
ATOKA, Tenn. — The chase for a World Series title ended a round short with the Hopkins County All-Stars being eliminated Tuesday in the Dixie Angels X-Play Girls Softball tournament.
The Hopkins County team lost 4-2 to Alabama in the semi-finals as the squad finished tied with Tennessee for third place overall.
The damage was done early as Alabama scored four earned runs in the first inning to get the lead in the spirited softball matchup.
“We settled down after the first inning and did not allow another run,” said coach Chris Voorheese. “We scored one run in the top of the second and threatened in the third and fourth innings.”
Hopkins County got a rally going in the fifth when Journi Hohenberger singled with one each. Katelyn Rusheon singled the runner to third. Mattison Buster grounded into a fielder’s choice as a run scored. Maggi Huie fouled off several pitches and battled at the plate to earn a walk. The final out came when a hard hit by Grace Magnuson was fielded on a stellar play between first and second bases.
The game went to Alabama by the 4-2 final.
“I think if we had one more inning, we could have won,” Voorheese said. “We were starting to hit. We just did not get the breaks in the tournament that some of the other teams got. But we played hard and we are very proud of the girls.”
Voorheese continued, “This is the highest finish for these girls in three attempts. The losses will be with us forever and inspire the girls to get better. We had high expectations for this team. This is the first time we have made it to the Final Four. We fought back in every game and made some great memories. We learned a little more about softball and a lot about life, year-after-year.”
Voorheese and fellow coaches Jared Pickett and Aaron Hohenberger thanked the community for all the support for the team during the memorable season.
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