Hopkins County Dixie Ponytails Head Coach Brent Tanton said the strength of his state champion and World Series bound team is its’ defense. He said they put a lot of time and effort into it. The local Ponytails won the state championship in front of hometown fans at Coleman Park last weekend. They will now be heading to the Dixie Ponytails World Series in Sumpter, South Carolina July 29-August 2. Coach Tanton said he is excited to be taking 12 girls to South Carolina to represent Hopkins County and the city of Sulphur Springs.
He said the state tournament was very competitive and he added they had to go through the toughest bracket. He called Winnsboro their toughest competition. Coach Tanton said he used three pitchers to keep them fresh. The pitchers are Crimson Bryant, Denver Wyatt and Sailon Adair. Defensive standouts include shortstop Jadyn Harper, third baseman Sailon Adair, second baseman Alexis Tanton, first baseman Josie Howard, centerfielder Emily Soto and leftfielders Tia Nash and Lani Hurley. Coach Tanton said Emily Soto had a big state tournament with the bat. Other hitters of note included Jadyn Harper, Crimson Bryant and slap hitters Alexis Tanton, Josie Howard and Sailon Adair.
The Ponytails are having a fundraiser Saturday starting at 5 p.m. on the downtown plaza at as they will be having a barbeque cookoff. Coach Tanton said most if not all the girls have never been to a world series. They will also be flying to South Carolina, most for the first time. Coach Tanton is assisted by Chris Adair, a veteran of some world series games, and Tonya Hurley.