It was a glove story. But not one a good one for the Hopkins County team.
Winnsboro flashed leather in every inning, closing out the game with a stellar double play to win 7-5 over the Hopkins County American All-Stars in the semifinal game Thursday in the championship round of the Dixie Darlings State Softball Tournament at Coleman Park.
“They’re (Winnsboro) good. We knew they had a very good team defense. We played hard, we had a good tournament,” said Tanner Ragan, Hopkins County coach.
The first bad break for Hopkins County came when the loss the pre-game toss and had to be the visiting team. Several times in the tournament they had used late comebacks as the home team for wins. But it was not to be Thursday.
Winnsboro struck for three runs in the bottom of the first. Hopkins County answered with a run in the top of the second. Winnsboro scored two more runs to go up 5-1. Hits by Zoe Haywood, Addison Monk, Kalyssa Johnson and Reese Ragan allowed the Hopkins County team to tie the game at 5-all in the top of the fourth frame.
The Winnsboro squad pushed across two runs in the bottom of the fourth to go up 7-5. The team protected their lead in the top of the fifth. Third baseman Makeltie Capeheart turning a dazzling double play, making a diving catch to end the game, snagging an Ella Baier line drive out of mid air. The loss was the second defeat in the state tournament and eliminated Hopkins County.
Winnsboro won the semifinal game, but fell 19-8 to Franklin County in the championship game to end the tournament. Hopkins County finished as co-runners up in the event.
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