|Two Hopkins teams unbeaten at state tourney|
|From Staff Reports|
July 19, 2004 - GRAND PRAIRIE - Two of the Hopkins County All-Star teams playing in the Dixie League State Tournaments here remain undefeated after their first two games, while the third team has a 1-1 record.
The Hopkins County National Diamondbacks (ages 9-10), playing in the AAA tournament at C.P. Waggoner Park, won a pair of close games and are now one win away from the tournament finals.
In the AA tournament (ages 7-8), the Hopkins County National Braves are 2-0, while the American Storm went 1-1 in the double-elimination tournament.
The Diamondbacks had a pair of come-from-behind victories to become one of just two unbeaten teams in the state tournament.
Hopkins County won their opening game Saturday night, 4-3, over Marshall National, then used a big fourth inning to seal an 8-6 win over Lake Cities National on Sunday.
After a bye today, the Diamondbacks will play the winner between Texarkana and Grand Prairie Red at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow. The winner of that game will be the only unbeaten team left in the double-elimination tournament. The tournament wraps up Thursday with an "if necessary" game on Friday.
In their opener, the Diamondbacks got a two-run homer from Jenner Jackson early in the game and a game-winning single from Corbin Flora in the bottom of the sixth inning. Jackson, Flora and Taylor Perez, who walked and scored the winning run, each pitched two innings.
Jackson's homer gave the Diamondbacks a 2-0 lead, but Marshall went ahead 3-2 going into the fifth inning when Jordan McLarry walked, Jackson moved him over with a ground ball and Blake Chester brought home the tying run with a sacrifice fly.
In the sixth, Perez walked, stole second and scored the winning run on Flora's single.
In the second game, Hopkins County scored six runs in the fourth inning to take a four-run lead and then held off Lake Cities.
Perez led the team with a triple and single, Jackson added a double and single, while Blake Barnett tripled and Collin Williams doubled. Adding singles were McLarry, Flora, Kaylon Alexander and Bradley Peek.
The team is coached by Phil Jackson, Jerry Barnett and Mike Flora.
The National Braves defeated Grand Prairie Blue, 10-3, in the opening round of the tournament Saturday, then beat Texarkana, 14-2, in the second round on Sunday.
The Braves are now scheduled to play the winner between Sanger and Mount Pleasant at 8 p.m. Tuesday in a match-up between the tournament's final two unbeaten teams.
In the opening game, Alex Burney and Brennan Brock both had a pair of hits, while Carson Hicks drove in four runs and Dallas Dannheim and Blake Doughtie each added a pair of RBIs. Mitchell DeYong and Chase Friddle both had an RBI hit.
Also adding hits for the Braves were Trevor McClure, Landon Brock, Blake Blevins and Mason Maeker.
In the second game, McClure was a home run short of the cycle, hitting a single, double triple and driving in two runs, while Blevins drove in three runs with a triple and single.
Also with a pair of RBIs each were Burney (double and single), Brennan Brock (double and single), DeYong (two singles) and Blake Adams (single). Hicks and Doughtie both added doubles. With singles were Landon Brock, Maeker, Dannheim and Friddle.
The American Storm went 1-1 with a 6-4 opening round win over Howe, then a 15-2 second-round loss to Mount Pleasant. No individual reports of the games were available at press time.
The Storm are scheduled to play at 6:30 p.m. today against Princeton.