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LOUISVILLE â€“ As the 11-year-old Dizzy Dean South State Tournament entered its final day, Starkville found itself facing Columbus for a spot in the championship game.
Ultimately Starkville took the game 9-8 to set a matchup for later in the day against Louisville.
As the championship game progressed it became clear that playing two games in one day was â€śdrainingâ€ť on the Starkville All-Stars who in the end lost to Louisville 15-0 to finish as Dizzy Dean South State runner-ups.
â€śThey played phenomenal, defensively and offensively, all tournament long,â€ť coach Ronnie Betts said. â€śI couldnâ€™t ask any better of them. You get in those stretches where you have to play two games in one day and it is draining on everybody, but couldnâ€™t be any prouder of their effort. Just as much as on the kids part we have a great fan base that has traveled to every game with us.â€ť
Starkvilleâ€™s second-place finish places them in contention for the Dizzy Dean World Series, but Betts said the decision on whether to attend would be made at a later date depending on team schedules.
Starkville 9-year olds
finish in third place
BATESVILLE â€“ Action in the 9-year-old Dizzy Dean State Tournament is complete.
After battling throughout the four day tournament Starkville met up with Caledonia and at the end of the day they dropped a 14-4 ballgame in order to finish as the third-place team in the state.
â€śOur boys did good,â€ť coach Ryan Taylor said. â€śThey came in third in the state. That is not too bad. It is a hard pill to swallow right now, but we are proud.â€ť
Throughout the beginning of the tournament Taylor says the only way to describe his teamâ€™s play was â€ślights out, then they hit a wall.â€ť
That wall that Taylor speaks of was composed of two bad innings. One of those innings took place on Sunday against Caledonia. Heading into the bottom of the third Starkville was down 4-2, but unfortunately allowed Caledonia to score nine.
â€śTo be honest through the whole tournament we had two bad innings and that is what cost them,â€ť Taylor said. â€śOther than that we played a great tournament and I am proud of each and every one of them.â€ť