The Hopkins County American All-Stars broke a tie and rallied for the winning run Tuesday night in state softball competition at Coleman Park.
Hopkins County took the 15-14 win over Bullard, despite being down by seven runs early in Dixie Darlings State Softball Tournament play.
“The whole team started hitting the ball. We tightened our defense up, whittled away at the lead and won,” said Tanner Ragan, coach of the Hopkins County squad. “The girls showed lots of heart. We were down 13-6 at one point. But we did not give up many runs late and we were able to come back to tie the game. Then we won it in the bottom of the fifth.”
Ragan said his whole team played well and he was impressed with the way they can bounce back from tough losses and overcome deficits. The squad had 15 hits Tuesday.
“The girls played really hard. Now we have an elimination game against Palestine,” Ragan said.
Palestine took a 12-11 win over Hopkins County in Sunday play for the only defeat by the Americans in this tournament.
Hopkins County meets Palestine at 6 p.m. today. The loser will be eliminated.
The winner of the game will have a chance of advancing to the championship round, depending on the outcome of other games.
The championship game mostly likely will be played Thursday.
Hopkins County is the host team. Other teams participating include: East Texas, Hemphill, Liberty, Shepherd, Bullard, Lindale, Palestine, Fairfield, Honey Grove, Fannin County, Franklin County, Winnsboro, Diboll and Tri-Cities (Groveton area).
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