Diamondbacks qualify for state
From Staff Reports

July 15, 2004 - The Hopkins County National Diamondbacks won the Dixie District 5B 9-10-year-old tournament held July 3-10 in Broken Bow, Okla. They will advance to the state tournament in Grand Prairie beginning Saturday with a first-round game against Marshall National at 7:30 p.m. at Charley Taylor Park.

The Diamondbacks' first opponent last week was Paris Continental, who they defeated, 26-3. The Hopkins County team had strong pitching performances from Taylor Perez and Corbin Flora. Offensively, they were led by Jordan McLarry with four singles, Jenner Jackson with two singles and a triple, and Blake Chester with a single and a double. Connor Cooper tripled, Collin Williams doubled, Jordan Jackson and Perez added singles.

The team's second victory came against Broken Bow National by a margin of 14-0. Jenner Jackson singled twice and tripled, Blake Barnett doubled twice, and singles were added by Jordan Jackson, Chester, Perez, Flora and Kaylon Alexander. Perez, Flora and Jordan Jackson combined on the mound for the shutout.

On Wednesday night, the Diamondbacks met Broken Bow American in a match-up of the two undeafeated teams left in the nine-team, double-elimination tournament. Jenner Jackson pitched five innings in a four-hit shutout. Flora came in the game in the sixth to close out the victory. Jackson also singled twice along with Chester and Alexander. Singles were added by Cooper and Garrett Womack.

The Diamondbacks next met Lamar County and defeated them, 11-1. Perez, Jordan Jackson and Flora combined for a three-hitter. Leading hitters were Jenner Jackson with a single and a double, and Barnett with two singles. Hits were also added by McLarry, Perez, Flora, Cooper and Womack.

The team's lone defeat came Friday against Paris National, 5-3. Leading hitter was Chester with a single and a double. Perez and Flora also added hits. Jenner Jackson pitched the entire game, giving up two hits and striking out 11.

Hopkins County prevailed over Paris National in the tournament finale, 5-1, behind strong pitching from Perez. He gave up two hits and struck out nine. McLarry singled twice for the Diamondbacks. Hits were added by Chester, Cooper and Womack.

The Diamondbacks are coached by Phil Jackson, Jerry Barnett and Mike Flora.

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