The Hopkins County Ponytails earned their way into the final game against Alabama in the Dixie Softball World Series Wednesday, August 7, before their quest for the championship ended.
Hopkins County won the first game Wednesday, 6-4 to force the final game. Lucy Hernandez had a first inning double that drove in two runs to tie the early game at 2-2. She drove in Daylee Fite who singled and K.K. Montgomery who walked. Hopkins County took the lead with a four run third inning to go up 6-2. Tessa McGary singled, Emily Hall got on base, Shiloh Cowgirl Hill singled, Fite got on on an error, Montgomery doubled and Hannah Speed and Bella Romero both singled. Alabama got two runs back in the top of the fourth, but that was all they could do.
Alabama took the Ponytails championship with a 13-3 final game win. They scored four runs in the first inning, had four more in the fourth and five runs to wrap it up in the fifth.
Hopkins got two runs in the fourth as Fite walked, Montgomery singled and Speed singled. They scored one more in the fifth. Sarah Corley singled and scored. Allison Fireball Frazier also walked in the inning. Speed, Fite and Hill all pitched for Hopkins County, who finished in second place in the World Series.
In the Debs and Angels, two undefeated favorites took care of business winning first game pitchers’ duels Wednesday. In the Debs, South Carolina took the championship topping Tennessee, 2-0. In the Angels, Alabama shut out Virginia, 3-0.
Joey Martin, president, and the Hopkins County Girls Softball Association organized and ran the six day Dixie Softball World Series at Coleman Park.