Hopkins teams split games in Grand Prairie
From Staff Reports

July 21, 2004 - GRAND PRAIRIE - Both of the Hopkins County boys teams in the Dixie state tournaments at C.P. Waggoner Park had exciting finishes to their games Tuesday night, but they came out on different sides of the scoreboard.

The 9-10-year-old Diamondbacks broke a 4-4 tie in the bottom of the sixth to beat Texarkana National and remain unbeaten. But, the 7-8-year-old Braves saw Mount Pleasant American push across two runs in the final inning to take an 8-7 victory.

Both teams play again tonight.

Diamondbacks 5, Texarkana 4

Jordan McLarry's RBI single in the bottom of the sixth drove home Bradley Peek with the winning run as the Hopkins County Diamondbacks remained the only unbeaten team in the Dixie AAA State Tournament.

They will play Paris American at 7:30 p.m. tonight. With a win, the Diamondbacks will move into the championship game at 6 p.m. tomorrow.

Hopkins County took a 3-0 lead in the first inning as Jordan Jackson and McLarry both walked and came around on Blake Chester's two-run triple. Blake Barnett then hammered another triple to drive in Chester. They scored another run in the third on Jackson's RBI single, which scored Peek.

But, Texarkana scored two runs in the top of the sixth to tie the score at 4-4, setting up the Diamondbacks' heroics. Peek and Jackson both walked to start the last-inning rally, each moved up on a passed ball, and Peek scored on McLarry's single.

Taylor Perez, Corbin Flora and Jenner Jackson each pitched two innings for the local team.

Jordan Jackson and Barnett each had two hits and an RBI, while Chester, McLarry and Dusty Abner all hit safely.

Mount Pleasant 8, Braves 7

Mitchell DeYong hit the Hopkins County National Braves' only home run of the tournament Tuesday night, but Mount Pleasant still prevailed.

DeYong and Blake Adams, who contributed a single, both had two RBIs, while Carson Hicks, Trevor McClure, Landon Brock and Blake Blevins each had two hits. Brock, Blevins and Dallas Dannheim, who added a double, all drove in a run.

Also hitting safely for the Braves were Blake Doughtie, Chase Friddle and Brennan Brock.

The Braves are scheduled to play Princeton at 6:30 p.m. tonight in the tournament semifinals. With a win, they will move into the championship series against Mount Pleasant tomorrow.

Princeton beat the other local team, the Hopkins County American Storm, by a score of 11-9 on Monday night.

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