|Dixie and Angels Roundup: Sliders one win away from state title; Angels take 20-0 win in game two|
|From Staff Reports|
July 22, 2005 - PARIS - The Sulphur Springs Sliders are one win away from the state title in the 9-and-10 year old Dixie State tournament at Woodall Field in Paris.
Sulphur Springs took care of Carthage 6-5 in the championship round and will return to Woodall Field No. 4 tonight at 7 p.m. for game two against Carthage.
Sulphur Springs 6, Carthage 5
Sulphur Springs opened up the game with an early lead as Alex Burney flied out to left, followed by a single from Trevor McClure, and a fly-out by Brennan Brock, Carson Hicks plated the first run of the game with an RBI-single scoring McClure.
Carthage then tied the game in the second inning as Kolby Blissett opened with a bunt single, followed by a walk to Tyler Musgrave, Ethan Franklin then flied out and Blissett was thrown out on the play. Garrett Harvey then plated Musgrave for the 1-1 tie.
Carthage took a 3-1 lead in the third inning as Calan Sokal ground-out to start the inning, followed by a ground-out from Micah Templeton, Hunter Bagley reached with a single, Luke Goolsby walked and Jack Morris plated Bagley and Goolsby with a single.
Sulphur Springs cut the Carthage tied the game at 3-3 in the third inning as Blake Doughtie and Mason Moore had back-to-back walks, Burney then hit into a fielder's choice, McClure walked, Brock struck out, and Hicks drove in Moore for a 3-2 deficit.
Willy Ivery then drove in Burney with a single to center to tie the game at 3-3.
Carthage then plated two runs in the fourth inning as Musgrave grounded out to start the inning, Franklin singled, Harvey followed with a walk, and William Rathanberry tripled to score Musgrave and Franklin for a 5-3 lead.
The Sliders scored two runs in the fifth inning as Moore and Burney opened with strikeouts, followed by a single from McClure, Brock then plated McClure with a triple, and Hicks drove in Brock with a single to right to tie the game at 5-5.
In the sixth inning, Matthews flied out to start the inning, followed by a single from Covington, and a single from Ross Cody, Garrett Vickery then walked, and Blake Doughtie drove in the winning run with a bases-loaded walk as Covington scored from third.
Ivery and Brock combined for the win striking out four and walking three in the win.
Hicks went 3-for-3 with two RBI, McClure went 2-for-2 with two runs scored, and Cody went 2-for-3 in the win.
SHERMAN - The Texas Angels are headed to the Dixie Softball World Series, but needed two games to get there.
The Angels lost game one of the championship round 2-0, then stormed back in game two for a 20-0 win in four innings.
The Angels will play South Carolina at 4:30 p.m. in the first round of the state tournament in Dothan, Alabama July 30-31.
Fannin County 2, Angels 0
In the first game, Fannin County scored both of their runs in the first inning off starting pitcher Kirstie Wallace as Ali Wiechman opened with a walked, followed by a strikeout to Torri Pannell, Cassidy Hall then followed with a walk, and Kaitlynd Dennis followed with an bases clearing RBI single scoring Weichman and Hall for the 2-0 lead.
The Angels could not get anything going in the game as they only had five hits in the game off of Pannell.
Angels 20, Fannin County 0
The Angels bats came alive in the second game as they scored seven runs off Hall in the first inning to advance to the state tournament.
Meagan McCollough opened the game with a walk, followed by a single from Katie Stewart, and a bunt single from Hailey Dixon, Mary Lopez followed with a two-run RBI-single to plate McCollough and Stewart for a 2-0 lead.
Wallace then followed with a bunt single, and Courtney Dunlap drove in Dixon and Lopez, Cyndee Devereaux the walked, and Lexi McCaig was called out on a infield fly, that scored Wallace, before Enlin Mantha drove in Dunlap and Devereaux for the 7-0 lead.
The Angels came back in the top of the second inning with four runs as Samantha Ward opened with a single, followed by a bunt single from McCollough, a walk to Stewart, and a RBI-single by Dixon to plate Ward for an 8-0 lead.
Lopez then followed with an RBI-single scoring McCollough, and Wallace flied out to first, followed by a flied out from Dunlap, before Devereaux plated Stewart and Dixon for an 11-0 lead.
The Angels scored nine runs in the top of the third inning Jamie Waldrop, McCollough, Stewart, Dixon, Lopez, Wallace, Dunlap, Devereaux, and Mantha scored in the inning.
Lopez went 3-for-3 with four RBI, Dunlap went 2-for-3 with four RBI, and McCollough went 1-for-2 with three runs.