Sulphur Bluff softball camp began under the East Texas sun and hot temperatures Wednesday morning. Retired coach Lonny Davis gave instruction to a group of youths in sixth through 10th grades.
Members of the Hopkins County softball team which recently won state are (front row) Erika Mobley, Erin Gray, Taylor Eastwood, Paula Kay Harlin, (middle row) assistant coach Chastin Smiddy, Candace Wilkes, Ashley Bryant, Alexsa Burkett, Morgan Shearer, Kimber Thompson, Regan Martin, head coach Leroy Jackson, (back row) Courtney Loper, assistant coach Joe Politte and Kirsten McLane. This team played in the Dixie Debs Texas State Tournament in Coldspring, on Saturday, July 17-20. By winning this tournament it earned them the chance to play in the Dixie Debs World Series being held in Vancleave, Miss., July 31-Aug. 4. In the state tournament, the team went 5-1. They defeated Tri-Cities, 6-0, beat Dayton 11-1, thumped Coldspring 9-5, lost to Red River 4-3, but came back to defeat Red River 6-3 in the championship game. The team, comprised of 16-18-years olds, includes members from Saltillo, North Hopkins, Sulphur Springs and Sulphur Bluff making it a Hopkins County team. Some of these girls have played softball in this community for 14 years and this is their first trip to the World Series. The team will be holding a fundraiser bake sale on Saturday morning on the square where they will also be selling raffle tickets for a barbecue grill and ribs as well as two Visa gift cards for $25. Team members will be waiting tables at the Pizza Inn on Thursday, July 29 from 4-6 p.m. Follow the team on the Facebook under Hopkins County Softball Debs. Submitted photo
Retired coach Lonny Davis (foreground) returns to the diamond to coach baseball and softball to the youth at Sulphur Bluff. “There is an art to this,” Davis said to his nine participants on the last day of baseball camp Tuesday morning. Softball camp will commence Wednesday and run through Thursday.