|South Carolina, Tennessee and Hopkins County unbeaten at Dixie Angels World Series|
| Bobby "Butch" Burney | News-Telegram
Joseph Elerson | News-Telegram Sports Writer
July 31, 2006 - Three teams' visits to Hopkins County ended on Sunday with their second losses in the Dixie Angels World Series, being played at Coleman Park.
The host team, meanwhile, is still standing tall.
The Hopkins County Angels won their first two games over Arkansas and Alabama and received a bye until Tuesday evening when they will play either South Carolina or Tennessee. They are the last three remaining unbeaten teams.
The other Texas team, the state champions from Titus County, were eliminated on Sunday along with North Carolina and Arkansas, leaving nine teams in the tournament.
Today, the premiere game will be at 8 p.m. on Field A when two of the unbeaten teams, South Carolina and Tennessee square off. The other three games will be elimination games in which the loser is out the tournament.
At 5:30 p.m. on Field B, Georgia takes on Louisiana; at 6 p.m. on Field A, Virginia and Florida match up; while at 7:30 p.m. on Field B, Mississippi and Alabama face off.
South Carolina 10, Texas 0
In the opening game of the tournament, South Carolina scored its first run on a bases-loaded walk before Jaime McLaine rapped a two-run double to right field for a 3-0 lead.
South Carolina then came back in the bottom of the fourth inning tallying six runs as Texas walked the first four batters in the inning before errant throws by the Texas defense scored Amber Reeves and Shay Givens, and then Taylor Hoff drove in Brianna Chisolm with a single.
Chelsea Dewitt and Shontavia Holmes then walked and McLaine then drove in Hoff and Dewitt for a 9-0 lead.
Laura Reynolds opened the bottom of the fifth with a single and advanced to second on an error, and Chisolm drove in Reynolds as the run-rule was put into effect.
Mississippi 12, Florida 7
After falling behind, 7-4 after four innings, Mississippi scored eight unanswered runs the final two frames.
The Magnolia State received key hits from Chelsea Grove and Breanna Dalton in the fifth inning, then got a two-run single from Catelyn Williams in their five-run sixth. Breanna Kopszywa, the third of Mississippi's pitchers was the beneficiary of the run support.
Mississippi turned a nice double play in the fifth on a ground ball hit to Williams at shortstop. She threw to first baseman Lauren Walker for the force out, then Walker threw to Jay Harris at third, who tagged out a runner trying to advance from second.
Florida scored the first run of the game on a bases-loaded walk to Sabrina Russell, then added six runs in the fourth inning on hits by Mariah Crawford, Taylor Basinger and Nicole Morolla.
Basinger also made a nice defensive play in the third, snagging a line drive back up the middle.
Tennessee 5, North Carolina 0
Tennessee opened up the scoring in the bottom of the third inning scoring four runs as with one out, Mady Kate Gantt and Hadley Watkins had back-to-back singles. Haley Whitney loaded the bases with a single, followed by a two-run single by Jodi Duncan. Karlie Sorrentino plated Duncan with a single to left field for the 4-0 lead.
Wilkins scored the final run in the bottom of the fifth inning on an error by the North Carolina shortstop.
Virginia 8, Georgia 6
Virginia took an 8-0 lead, then had to hold off a furious rally by Georgia, who plated five runs in the fifth and had the tying run at the plate when the game ended.
The Virginians rode the big bat of Courtney Deal, who slammed an RBI triple in the first, scoring Jessica Younts who had singled; a two-run single in the third, and a three-run inside-the-park homer in the fifth, plating Younts and Taylor Brandon who had singled in front of her.
The damage could have been worse, but Georgia's Kaley Clay made a nice stretch at first base to record the second out of the inning, and Justice caught a pop fly at third for the final out.
Deal and Younts pitched the first four innings, limiting the Peach State to one run.
But, Georgia scored five times in the sixth, with the big hits coming on RBI singles from Charlie Justice, Lacy Herndon and Olivia Lane.
Alabama 2, Louisiana 1
A balk with the bases loaded in the bottom of the fifth inning was the deciding factor in Alabama's win.
With the bases loaded and two outs, the Louisiana pitcher was in her wind up when she thought the umpire had called time. She stopped her throw, prompting a balk call as the umpire sent McKaylie Weaver home for the winning run.
Earlier in the contest, Louisiana held a 1-0 lead as Paige Dupuy scored on an error during Madison Horst's at-bat. Horst tried to make the score 2-0 on the play but was thrown out by the third baseman for the final out of the inning.
Hopkins County 12, Arkansas 4
Hopkins County was able to find home plate so often in part because Arkansas pitchers had a hard time doing so.
Hopkins County worked 23 walks from Arkansas pitchers, including bases-loaded RBI bases-on-balls by Jaleigh Avery, Macy Johnston, Brandie McLane, Chaliyah Moore, Sarah Rost, Desiray Debase. Shakojah Debase, Haleigh Reppond and Jaci Davis.
Kasey Moore added an RBI single and struck out the side in both innings she pitched. Davis and McLane finished out the game in the circle, combining to fan seven more batters.
Arkansas scored all four of its runs in the fourth on a two-run single by Rachel Modisette, driving in Falon Harmon and Cassie Thomas, and a two-run inside-the-park home run by Haley Campbell.
Defensively, Modisette had a nice play at first base, racing into foul territory to catch a pop fly in the fourth.
Florida 5, Texas 4
In the first elimination game of the tournament, Florida survived in extra innings with a bases-loaded walk in the seventh inning as Allison Lucky scored the game-winner.
Florida had opened up the game with a 2-0 lead as Lucky drove in Brittny Desmond and Taylor Basinger, and then extended the lead in the bottom of the third.
Mariah Crawford rapped a double to right field scoring Sabrina Russell for the 3-0 lead. In the bottom of the fifth, Florida cashed in with another run as Makenzie Cummings drove in Nicole Morrola with a single.
With one last chance to extend their tournament hopes, Texas came back with four runs of its own in the top of the sixth inning as Katelyn Joyner opened with a single, followed by a double from Shelby Vaught scoring Joyner on an error by the shortstop for the 4-1 deficit.
With two outs, Jordyn Whitney drove in Vaught with a single and Tiara Mickens then rapped a ground-rule double as the ball was caught in the secondary fence to put runners on second and third.
McCall Giddens then tied the game with a double, scoring Whitney and Mickens.
Georgia 7, North Carolina 5
Down 7-1 heading into their final at-bat, the Tar Heels scored four runs and had the bases loaded when the last out of the game was recorded.
North Carolina staged their near-comeback using a double by Danielle Hyatt, a three-run inside-the-park home run by Kendra Brown and a bases-loaded walk by Monica Revels. Their other run came in the third inning as Makaela Smith drove home Revels.
Georgia used a five-run fourth inning to take command of the game. The runs came on a two-run single to right by Macy Lowe and bases-loaded walks to Kaley Clay, Anna Martin and Jami King. The Peach State added single runs in the second - on an RBI single to right by Ashley Parker - and the fifth - on a single to left by Olivia Lane.
Georgia also turned a double play in the second inning as Lane at shortstop made a lunging grab of a line drive up the middle, then threw to first to catch the runner off base.
Louisiana 16, Arkansas 6
In the second elimination game, Arkansas held a 6-3 lead going into the bottom of the fifth inning before Louisiana scored 13 runs to take the win.
Arkansas gave up 10 walks and five hits in the inning as 18 batters came up in the final frame.
Louisiana had RBI hits from Leah Sulzer, Morgan Bounds, Lindsey Berns and Paige Dupuy in the inning. Berns had a two-run single for her only hit of the game.
Louisiana opened up the game with an early 3-0 lead on RBIs from Leah Sulzer, Kaylee Weaver and Erica Yeager off Arkansas starter Megan Morton.
Arkansas then found its offense in the second and third innings as Halee Campbell scored on a bases-loaded walk in the second inning and then they exploded with five runs in the third inning.
Phillica Paskell opened the inning with a single, followed by walks to Fallon Harmon and Cassie Thomas to load the bases. Kimber Wheelington then rapped a two-run double to left field, Rachel Modisette drove in Thomas, Campbell then walked and Jessica Dobbins drove in Wheelington with a bases-loaded walk.
Megan McMahen drove in Campbell for the final run of the game and a 6-3 lead.
Hopkins County 14, Alabama 3
With Kasey Moore pitching the entire game for the host team, Alabama was unable to mount much offense. Moore struck out eight, walked six and allowed just five hits over six innings.
She was hot at the plate as well, slamming a pair of two-run singles to right field.
Macy Johnston put Hopkins County up 2-0 in the first with a two-run single up the middle, scoring Katie Barnett and Moore. Then, in the third, Moore's hit plated sisters Shakoja Debase and Desiray Debase, who had both singled. Moore scored on Jaleigh Avery's single.
In the fifth, Barnett and Moore each had RBI grounders and Avery knocked a two-run single to right center. Then, Hopkins County plated six more runs in the sixth, with the big hits being Shakoja Debase's RBI single to left, Haleigh Reppond's infield single, Barnett's bases-loaded walk, Moore's two-run single and Avery's hit up the middle.
Alabama scored one run in the second on Bailey Nailor's RBI single, then added two runs in the fifth on Hayliey Wofford's single.
Hopkins County's Shakojah Debase, playing third, made two exceptional plays on bunt attempts by Alabama batters to throw them out at first, and Avery at second took another hit away when she knocked down a line drive in the fourth inning, recovered and threw the runner out.
Tennessee 11, Virginia 2
In the final game of the night on J.B. Weld Field, Virginia opened with a two-run first inning as Morgan Revels smacked a single scoring Courtney Deal and Mackenzie Moore as Louisiana pitchers combined to give up only three hits in the game.
Tennessee scored all 10 of its runs over the final four innings and held a 5-2 lead going into the fifth inning.
Jodi Duncan opened the fifth inning with a double, followed by a sacrifice bunt from Karlie Sorrentino. Alex Stanford drove in Duncan with a single, Ashton Needham singled and Erica Nall drove in Stanford with a double.
Sarah Raygan Huffman then plated Needham with a double and Haylee McDill drove in Nall with their third straight double. Huffman scored on the throw-in for the 10-2 lead. In the sixth inning, Duncan scored Hadley Wilkins for the 11-2 final.
South Carolina 10, Mississippi 0
South Carolina, the state that has won each of the last two Angels World Series, hasn't allowed a run in two games and has ended each on the 10-run rule.
Michelle Pye gave the Palmetto State all the runs it would need in the first with a three-run home run. South Carolina added seven more runs in the fifth to end the game.
In the circle, Laura Reynolds, Jaime McLaine and Pye combined to pitch a two-hitter, fanning seven in five innings.
Mississippi's hits were by Catelyn Williams in the first and Lauren Walker in the fifth.