Hopkins County Darlings keep national title dream alive; Ponytails knocked out of Dixie World Series
From Staff Reports
Aug. 4, 2008 - PINEVILLE, La. - The Hopkins County Darlings softball team continues their quest for a national title tonight, while the Ponytails lost their game last night in the Dixie World Series at the Ward 9 Sportsplex.
The Ponytails, coached by Wade Johnston, Betty Sapaugh and Mike Moore, beat Mississippi 6-1 on Saturday, but lost to Alabama 4-2 Sunday afternoon and were knocked out of the double-elimination tournament with a 7-6 loss to Virginia on Sunday night.
The Darlings, meanwhile, coached by Laura Kosub Doughtie, Darryl Doughtie, Kevin Dixon and Amy Tanton, defeated Montgomery County, N.C. 11-4 in their opening round game on Saturday. They came back on Sunday and defeated Georgia, 17-1, but lost to Hartselle, Ala. 16-6.
Top hitters against Georgia were Sadie Stroud, Autumn Tanton and Jaye Doughtie - who all hit home runs in the second inning.
With a win over Louisiana, the Darlings will play the loser between Alabama and Tennessee in the tournament's semifinals. With a loss they will be eliminated.
Both Hopkins County teams won their state tournaments to qualify for their respective World Series.