|Hopkins County National Angels headed to state tournament|
|Joseph Elerson | News-Telegram Sports Writer|
June 22, 2005 - MOUNT PLEASANT - Lisa McCaig knew one thing about Game 2 of the championship series in the 9-10-year old Angels Dixie All-Star District tournament on Tuesday - her girls were not going home early.
The Hopkins County National Angels won the second game, 11-10, in eight innings after losing Game 1 to the Hopkins County Americans, 10-0, in four innings.
"We haven't lost a game until that first game and I think we needed to lose that one to get fired up," said McCaig, head coach for the Nationals. "They came back in the second game and played awesome."
The National squad went 4-1 during the tournament, while the American squad finished at 4-2 under coach Chad Rawson.
The Nationals will now prepare for a return trip to the state tournament in Sherman on July 15 after losing in the championship game of the tournament last summer.
McCaig believes this year will be a different story for the team and that they will not only return to the final game, but be victorious this summer.
"I think we will get to the final game and win it this year," McCaig said.
"We needed to work more on our batting, but we were doing really good in the field, but we need to work on that some more."
American 10, Nationals 0
In the bottom of the second inning, the Americans scored two runs as Hanna Schultz opened up the inning getting hit by a Kirstie Wallace pitch, Cheyenne Bolden then smacked a double, and Abby Tipps followed with a bases-clearing RBI double for the 2-0 lead.
The American then came back in the bottom of the third inning with two more runs when Lauren Humphries reached first with a single, followed by a walk from Kaylee Anderson. Courtney Salinas then hit into a fielder's choice as Humphries was tagged out for the first out, and Toni Cody then smacked a bases-clearing triple to extend the Americans lead to 4-0.
The bottom then fell out in the bottom of the fourth inning as the Americans scored six runs off of reliever Haley Dixon for the 10-0 finale.
Maci McGlamery and Hanna Schultz started off the inning with back-to-back walks, followed by an RBI single by Bolden to send in McGlamery for the 5-0 lead. Tipps then drove in Schultz and Bolden with a single and finished with four RBI in the game.
The Americans turned a double play, but Jaleigh Avery reached with an RBI single, driving in Tipps for the 8-0 lead, before Humphries ended the game with a inside-the-park, two-run home run.
Salinas picked up the win for the American pitching a complete game, giving up five hits and three walks while striking out six batters.
For the Nationals, Katie Stewart, Mary Lopez, Wallace, Cyndee Devereaux and Jamie Waldrop reached safely on hits. Humphries led the way for the Americans going 2-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored.
Nationals 11, Americans 10
Game 2 was a back-and-forth affair between the two teams as the Nationals jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning off starter Kelsey McGowin.
Meagan McCollough and Katie Stewart opened up the game with consecutive singles, then with two outs, Wallace drove in McCollough for the early lead.
The Nationals would score five more runs in the top of the fourth inning as McCollough singled with one out and Dunlap singled with two down to put runners on first and second.
Mary Lopez then reached courtesy of a walk, Wallace drove in McCollough for a 2-0 lead, Devereaux then knocked in Courtney Dunlap and Lopez with a double, and Dixon followed with a two-run double for a 6-0 lead.
The lead would not hold up for the Nationals as the American scored two runs in the bottom of the fifth and four in the sixth to send the game into extra innings.
In the fifth, McGlamery opened with a double, followed by a fly-out from Hanna Schultz, Bolden reached with a single, and Tipps nailed a two-run single for a 6-2 deficit.
Avery opened the sixth inning for the Americans with a walk, followed by a single from Humphries and an RBI single from Anderson to cut the deficit to 6-3. Humphries scored on a wild throw on the relay to home on Anderson's hit, Salinas then singled, Cody walked, McGowin grounded out and McGlamery tied the game with an RBI single scoring Cody.
In the top of the eighth inning, the Nationals scored five runs to make the score 11-6 off of Cody as she faced 10 batters in the inning.
Avery opened the inning getting hit by a pitch, McCollough and Stewart walked, Dunlap hit in a fielder's choice, and Lopez drove in McCollough while Stewart also scored on a wild throw during the play for an 8-6 lead. Wallace then drove in Dunlap, and Lopez followed behind on another wild throw. Devereaux walked, and Dixon drove in Wallace with a sacrifice bunt for the 11-6 lead.
The Americans battled in the bottom half of the inning scoring four runs as Harlee Schultz and Avery walked, Humphries hit into a fielder's choice, Anderson walked, Salinas nailed a two-run single driving in Avery and Humphries, and then Anderson and Salinas scored on back-to-back singles by Cody and McGowin for the 11-10 finale.
Wallace went 3-for-3 with three RBI and two runs, Devereaux went 2-for-3 with two RBI and a run, and McCollough went 2-for-2 with three runs for the Nationals.
Bolden went 3-for-3 with a run, and teammate Salinas went 2-for-3 in the loss.