Locals to umpire slow pitch championships
by Andy Collier
Oct 19, 2012 | 868 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
(From left) Allen Hopson Jr. and Jimmy Reynolds have been selected to umpire in the Mississippi High School Activities Association State Slow Pitch Softball Championships at Freedom Ridge Park in Ridgeland Saturday.
(From left) Allen Hopson Jr. and Jimmy Reynolds have been selected to umpire in the Mississippi High School Activities Association State Slow Pitch Softball Championships at Freedom Ridge Park in Ridgeland Saturday.
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For Bolivar County residents and longtime officials Allen Hopson Jr. and Jimmy Reynolds, Saturday will be a chance for them to show off their umpiring skills on a grand stage.

Hopson and Reynolds have been chosen to umpire the Mississippi High School Activities Association State Slow Pitch Softball Playoffs at Freedom Ridge Park in Ridgeland. Reynolds and Hopson are both seasoned officials. Reynolds has been refereeing and umpiring games of different sports on the high school and college level for 38 years. Hopson has been umpiring and refereeing sports for 30 years including the last 15 years in softball and baseball.

“To have been selected as an official for the state championship, it is quite an honor,” Reynolds said about him and Hopson being selected. “It speaks volumes for our Delta officials. Many times we get a bad rap, but it’s just a good occasion for us to show that we’re capable of calling with any other officials in the state.”

Hopson, who was named the Mississippi High School Activities Association Official of the Year for football in 2006, has always had the utmost respect for Reynolds and is honored to be going down there with him.

“Mr. Reynolds is one that was instrumental in me getting into baseball and softball,” Hopson said. “I wanted to take this opportunity in going down there and doing this with him. It’s also an honor to represent Bolivar County in a sport that has kind of taken a back seat, but we want to let them know it’s still going on. I’m just excited to be going down there on that trip.”