Dixie State tournaments go into wee hours of the morning as two Hopkins County champions are crowned

By JOSEPH ELERSON | News-Telegram Sports Writer

July 12, 2007 - After seven-hours-and-45 minutes worth of softball, the Dixie Angels and Darlings have state champions from Hopkins County.

Hopkins County American defeated Hopkins County National 13-6 in the championship game of the Darlings State Tournament at Coleman Park Wednesday. HC American, coached by Rowdy Crowson, will now head to the Dixie World Series in North Carolina.

In the Angels bracket, Hopkins County American defeated Dayton 11-5 in the resumption of their game which was postponed by a thunderstorm on Tuesday night to advance to the championship game. In the championship game, HC American punched their ticket to the World Series in Denison with an 11-6 three-hour-and-38 minute marathon win in the top of the 11th inning.

Darlings

Championship Game

HC American 13, HC National 6

The HC American scored in every inning but one Wednesday night at Coleman Park to take the championship.

In the first inning, the Americans took the lead with two outs as Story Thompson drove home Taylor Broyles with an RBI single. Thompson finished the night 3-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored.

In the bottom of the inning, the Nationals plated five runners as Sidney Dietze and Carrington Chancellor led off the inning with back-to-back singles. With one out, Destiny Godbolt smacked a bases-clearing double for the lead, Meghan O'Brien then singled and Lexi Anderson drove home O'Brien. Summer Wyatt then singled and Jacelyn Wilkinson drove in Anderson with a groundout for the 5-1 lead.

In the top of the second inning, the Americans scored two runs after Kylie Cooper reached on a fielder's choice, Kamryn Wimberley singled and then Lexi Lyle hit a bases-clearing double to cut the deficit to 5-3.

The Americans then put the game out of reach in the top of the third inning with six runs as they batted the maximum 10 batters in the inning.

Anden Hammack and Hanna Crowson led off the inning with back-to-back doubles, followed by an RBI single by Broyles and an RBI double by Ragan Sachs. Molly Johnston hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Broyles. Thompson, Jaye Doughtie and Myesha Buford hit singles as Sachs scored on Buford's single. Sierra Nickerson knocked in the final two runs with a single.

The Nationals scored their final run of the game in the bottom of the inning on a groundout by Aleigh Bessonett scoring Chancellor for the 9-6 deficit.

HC American scored four more runs in the top of the fourth on RBI singles by Hammack, Sachs, Johnston and Thompson.

Angels

Championship Game

HC American 11, Fannin County 6 (11 Innings)

With the game starting at midnight, the Americans - coached by Sharon Womack, Jamie Harris and Mike Moore - took control early with two runs in the top of the first inning.

Katie Barnett led off the game with a single, followed by a single from Kasey Moore with one out and Sarah Womack loaded the bases on an error. Kelley Osornio and Molly Johnston drove in Barnett and Moore with back-to-back groundouts for the 2-0 lead.

After a scoreless second inning, the Americans came back with two more runs in the top of the third inning as Sam Horton led off the inning with a single, Horton then scored on an error by the third baseman during Barnett's at-bat and then with two outs, Moore drove in Barnett with a single for the 4-0 lead.

Fannin County came back with a run in the bottom of the inning on an RBI single by Jenna Wallace scoring Courtney Clark. Fannin County cut the deficit in half in the bottom of the fourth as Shelby Moore grounder scored Makagan Mitchell.

In the top of the sixth inning, HC American scored two runs to extend the lead as Desiray Debase, Moore and Womack led off the inning with singles. Womack's single drove home Debase for the 5-2 lead. With one out, Kennedy Potts drove home Moore with a single.

In the bottom half of the inning, Fannin County tied the game with a single by Hannah Monroe, back-to-back walks to Ashli Montgomery and Macy Sanders, an RBI single by Jacqueline McGehee, and a two-run single by Moore to tie the game at 6-6.

The score stayed the same until the top of the 11th inning when Hopkins County scored five runs on back-to-back singles by Womack and Osornio. With two outs in the inning, Potts and Wallace each hit RBI singles, Potts scored on an error and then Harley Wilburn capped off the night with a run-scoring double for the win.

SEMIFINAL

HC American 11, Dayton 5 (resumed from Tuesday)

Hopkins County American scored five runs in the fourth and three runs in the fifth to move into the championship game.

In the fourth inning, Osornio scored on Brandie McLane's hit with the bases loaded, Wilburn drove in a run with a single, Horton, MaKayla Glosson and Debase each drove in runs with bases-loaded walks.

In the top of the fifth inning, Dayton scored three runs in the inning for an 8-5 deficit before HC American closed out the game with three runs in the bottom of the inning on RBI from McLane and Wilburn.

For Hopkins County, Potts had two hits and three runs scored and Wilburn had two hits with three RBI and a walk.

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