Hopwood/Oak Grove snares women's title


  from staff reports
  The number five seed, Hopwood/Oak Grove, put an end to the 2004 women's church league softball season by beating a very tough Zion Baptist to take the title.
  Zion, which had to play two games against top seed and regular-season champion West Side/Crossroads Christian and number 2 seed Blue/Caldwell Springs, won both of them to set up its third game of the night against Hopwood/OG, and boy what a game that was.
  It all started in the first inning, with Zion outscoring Hopwood/OG 7 to 3. In the second Zion put four more on the board along with Hopwood/OG's three, making the score 11 to 6.
  Hopwood/OG broke loose in the third by scoring 11, added six in the fourth and only gave up two in the next two frames. Hopwood scored two in the fifth, but Zion plated four, leaving the score at 25-19 in Hopwood/OG's favor.
  Then it happened. Zion sent 21 batters to the plate, scoring 17 runs (by far the most runs scored in one inning all season long by any team). Hopwood/OG could only muster one run in the last two innings, giving us a final score of 35 to 28 in Zion's favor. This would set up a one-game matchup for the top spot.
  In the championship game, Zion would go quietly in the first by popping up three times. However, Hopwood/OG would score five.
  In the second Zion would get 2 runs from B.J. Smith and Teresa McKinney, and then fly out two more times. Hopwood/OG came back with one.
  Four flyouts in the next two innings proved costly for Zion as Hopwood/OG's bats came alive again in the bottom of the fourth, with MVP Tina Holtsclaw smacking a monster two-run home. Three more runs scored, making it an 11-2 game.
  Holtsclaw would go 17 for 23 with five home runs and scored 13 times in the tourney. Hopwood/OG's defense would just prove to be too much as Zion flied out six more times for a total of 17 fly-ball outs.
  Hopwood/OG scored three more in the sixth as Marti Holt, who went 4 for 4 and scored four runs in the game, had a big double in the inning. This would end the game, giving Hopwood/OG the championship in the 2004 tournament.
  In the five games that Hopwood/Oak Grove played, it scored a total of 106 runs. Hats off to Zion, which played great while having to come from the losers' bracket to win those three games on Thursday night!
  Congratulations to West Side Christian for winning the regular season and Harold McCormick for winning the sportsmanship award. The Parks and Recreation Department would like to thank all churches and participants who made this year's season a great one.