Dixie World Series trips are on the line tonight
By BOBBY "BUTCH" BURNEY | News-Telegram Sports Editor
July 10, 2007 - All three Hopkins County teams which started the Dixie State Tournaments at Coleman Park on Saturday will still be playing in the championship round tonight.
But, none of them can experience a slip-up if they want to keep their dream alive of getting to the Dixie World Series.
In both the Angels (9-10-year-old) and the Darlings (7-8-year-old) tournaments, the championship round will have three teams with one loss each. In the double elimination format, the losing team will be eliminated in each of today's game.
Weather permitting, the championship round for each tournament will start at 5 p.m. today at Coleman Park.
In the Angels bracket, the Hopkins County team, coached by Sharon Womack, Jamie Harris and Mike Moore, will take on Dayton in the first game. Fannin County awaits the winner at 7 p.m.
In the Darlings division, Hopkins County American, coached by Rowdy Crowson, will play a rematch with Crosby at 5 p.m. Hopkins County National, coached by Jill Dietze, will play the winner at 7 p.m.
The last team standing in each division tonight will advance to the Dixie World Series.
Hopkins County (3-1) got a measure of revenge Monday on Paris, the team that put them in the loser's bracket with a well-played 2-0 victory. Paris (2-2) was eliminated with the loss.
Hopkins County was led by the pitching of Kasey Moore, who threw two scoreless innings, and Brandie McLane, who threw the final four innings and struck out the side in the sixth to put down a potential Paris rally.
Hopkins County scored its two runs in the fourth inning when Katie Barnett reached first on an error and went to second on a ground out by Moore. Barnett scored on a close play at the plate on Sarah Womack's single. Womack then came home when Kelley Osornio dropped a single into left field.
Hopkins County third baseman Kennedy Potts helped the lead stand up when she made a diving catch of a foul pop in the fifth inning.
Paris had a runner reach first in the sixth inning, but McLane fanned the next three batters to end the game.
Hopkins County's next game will be a rematch of the first-round contest with Dayton. The locals won by a 4-0 margin.
HC National 13, Paris 0
The Hopkins County Nationals (3-1) beat Paris on Monday for the second time, 13-0. That put the Nationals into the championship round, then they won the coin flip to get the bye into the final game.
The Nationals scored six runs in each of the first two innings to take control of the contest. The big blows in the first inning were RBI doubles by Sidney Dietze and Jacelyn Wilkinson, and RBI singles from Aleigh Bessonett, Meghan O'Brien and Summer Wyatt.
In the second inning, Carrington Chancellor had a two-run triple and Lexi Anderson knocked in two more runs with a double. In the third, Alyssa Abron singled and scored on Jewely Griner's double.
Defensively, Destiny Godbolt turned an unassisted double play at third base.
Crosby 17, HC American 13
Hopkins County American (2-1) scored runs in the first four innings, but couldn't push across anything in the final two as the game went into an extra frame.
The local team played catch-up for the first three innings as Crosby took a 7-3 lead. But, in the third, Hopkins County scored four runs and added six more in the fourth to take a 13-10 advantage. Crosby, though, tied the game in the fifth and scored four unanswered runs in the sixth.
For Hopkins county, Hannah Crowson and Molly Johnston each had three hits and scored twice. Taylor Broyles also had three hits, while Anden Hammack, Ragan Sachs and Kylie Cooper had a pair of RBI each. Cooper, Myesha Buford and Story Thompson all scored two runs. Alexis Lyle had two hits.
The Americans had a chance to win the game in regulation when Jaye Doughtie led off the bottom of the fifth with a single, but was left at third when the inning ended.