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BATESVILLE â€“ Starkvilleâ€™s 9-year-old all-star team got out to a great start as the squad defeated Fulton 21-6 on Wednesday.
â€śIt was a good first day and a good way to start,â€ť coach Ryan Taylor said. â€śWe made a lot of good plays. We hit the ball all over the yard. They looked excellent and I am real proud of them.â€ť
Going into the game, Taylor was concerned about his pitching as this is the first year for true kid pitch. After the game concluded, that area was no longer an issue as Starkville only threw two pitchers and wrapped the game in just three innings.
Along with strong pitching performances, Starkville saw all 13 of its players make a trip to the plate with all 13 coming up with a hit.
Being able to start the tournament off with such an impressive beginning is clutch. Not only does it put you in the captainâ€™s seat when it comes to the brackets, but the â€śconfidenceâ€ť it provides is irreplaceable.
â€śThat first win is important,â€ť Taylor said. â€śYou canâ€™t win them all unless you win the first one, but the confidence for my team is what really mattered. They had fun. They are excited. That is what makes it good.â€ť
Producing a win in the first game also allows Starkville the opportunity to get some rest as the team will not play againÂ until tonight at 8 p.m., when they face Oxford.
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