Two local Dixie teams competing tomorrow in World Series

By BOBBY "BUTCH" BURNEY, News-Telegram Sports Editor

Aug. 1, 2008 - Two local softball teams will start their quest for a national title on Saturday when they open play at the Dixie World Series in Pineville, La.

Both the Darlings American and the Ponytails American teams from Hopkins County will be competing Saturday in their divisions at the Ward 9 Sportsplex in Pineville.

They are both slated to open the World Series at 1 p.m. tomorrow. Opening ceremonies are scheduled for this evening.

The Darlings team, coached by Laura Kosub Doughtie, Darryl Doughtie, Kevin Dixon and Amy Tanton, will play Montgomery County, N.C. at 1 p.m. in the opening-round game. Hopkins County's second-round game is set for 11:30 a.m. Sunday, regardless of whether they win or lose the first game of the double-elimination tournament. They will play either South Hill, Va., or Hartselle, Ala. in the second round.

The Ponytails, coached by Betty Sapaugh, Mike Moore and Wade Johnston, will play George County, Miss., at 1 p.m. tomorrow in the opening game. They will also play at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, regardless of whether they win or lose the first game of the double-elimination bracket. Their second-round game will be against either Hartselle, Ala., or East Columbus, N.C.

Both Hopkins County teams won their state tournaments to qualify for their respective World Series.

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