|Angels fall short in championship game|
|From Staff Reports|
July14 , 2004 - DENISON - The Hopkins County National All-Stars made it to the championship game of the Dixie Angels state softball tournament Tuesday, but fell to Paris, 11-4.
The Nationals led 1-0 going into the fourth inning, but Paris completed the comeback to win the tournament and earn a berth in the Dixie World Series in Mississippi later this month.
Hopkins County finished second in the state tournament, going 3-2, during the week. They also won the district tournament and ended the season with a 7-3 record.
An update follows on the Hopkins County American Storm 7-8-year-old All-Star team that won the Dixie district tournament in Terrell.
In the opening game, the Storm beat Terrell 19-0 behind a 26-hit attack led by Kade Hudgins, Mason Moore, Willie Ivery, C.J. Stephens, Sam Wells and Cain Cody, who all had three hits. Ivery's hits included a double and triple. Kason Mathews, Parker Aguilar and Garrett Landers contributed two hits each.
In the Storms' 13-2 win over Broken Bow, Ross Cody, Moore, Mathews and Stephens each had a three-hit game, while Ivery, Wells and Landers had a pair of hits each. Cody's hits included a ground-rule double.
The Storm beat Franklin County 9-2 in the third game, with five players having multiple-hit games: Ivery, Mathews, Aguilar, Hunter Culpepper and Garrett Hood. Wells and Cain Cody each added a double.
In the Storm's 14-1 win over Terrell in game four, Hudgins led the team at the plate with three hits, while Ivery, Ross Cody, Mathews, Stephens, Landers and Cain Cody each had a pair of singles. Wells added another double.
In their final game, a 13-0 win over Paris for the tournament championship, Moore and Ross Cody had three hits apiece, while Hudgins, Ivery, Culpepper, Wells, Mathews, Cain Cody and Hood had two hits each. Included in the hits were doubles by Wells, Cain Cody and Mathews.
In the five-game tournament, the Storm players struck out just four times in 140 at-bats.