July 5th, 2014
A good measuring stick of any senior college sports program is the postseason.
Being one of the last few standing after a long season shows promise and shows success for sports teams.Â
For Mississippi State athletic director Scott Stricklin, that's one thing he points to when he begins to talk about the success of his 16 programs over the last school year.
Nine runs were the difference between a win and a loss in the Dizzy Dean South State Tournament on Saturday.
The Starkville Nationals were on the positive side of that outcome as the 7-year-olds secured a 12-3 victory over Louisville.
Heading into Saturday, Jeff Overstreet proclaimed it a new day for his 6-year-old coach pitch All-Stars.
The coach's statement was right because after dropping two games on day one of the Dizzy Dean State Tournament, the Starkville Americans started day two with a 16-8 victory over Eupora.
Mathiston continued its journey through the winner's bracket of the Coach Pitch Dizzy Dean South State Tournament with a 19-11 victory over Columbus on Saturday.
The 7-year-old All-Stars came out the gate with bats a blazing as Ethan Hillhouse, Stetson Perkins, Hardy Fason, Hunter Smith, Jordan Gaskin, Cooper Stidham and Barrett Gregg all rounded the bases to give Mathiston an early 7-0 lead.
Fourth of July fireworks came a bit early for the Starkville Nationals 7-year-old coach pitch team, which opened the Dizzy Dean South State Tournament with a 12-2 victory over Choctaw County.Â
Things just "didn't bounce" the right way for the Starkville American All-Star team.
After fighting right until the end the Americans dropped a 17-9 game to Newton County in game two of the Dizzy Dean South State Tournament.
Two of the youngest teams at the Dizzy Dean 7-year-old South State Tournament met at McKee Park Friday afternoon.
In a matchup of 6-year-old All-Star teams, Mathiston was able to generate enough offense to take a 11-3 win.
"It's a very good little team," Mathiston coach Darrell Fason said about his team. "It's a 6U team. My guys held tough and we're in it to win it."
The Dizzy Dean 7-year-old South State Tournament started off well for the Eupora All-Stars with a walk-off victory over Newton County, but the day didn't end well because of a loss to Louisville at McKee Park.
In the first game, Eupora out-slugged Newton County 22-21 with a six-run sixth inning.
Eupora won when Eli Clarke scored the winning run on a base hit by Jacob Surma.
BATESVILLE â€“ Wins kept coming for the Starkville 9-year-old All-Stars as they took their third game of the Dizzy Dean State Tournament 15-5 over Southaven.
Starkville jumped out to an early lead in with four runs in the first inning.
Southaven roared back with five runs in the third to claim a one-run advantage 5-4.
Craig Sword has proved he can play in the Southeastern Conference with his ability to get to the rim.
But this summer, the Mississippi State junior guard has been working on another facet of his game â€“ his shot.
Sword's game has been built around slashing and attacking the rim, but if he adds a good jump shot, he could go to the next level.