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A sixth-inning rally by the Starkville 12-year-old All-Stars fell just short in their second game of the day as they lost a 6-5 decision to Grenada Youth at the Dizzy Dean North State Tournament.
Starkville jumped out to a 2-0 lead after two innings, but saw Grenada Youth come back with four runs in the fourth and two more in the fifth to get all of the runs it needed.
Coach Leonardo Thompson saw his Starkville squad come back with three runs in the sixth inning, but it was not enough.
After winning a 15-1 decision over Southaven American earlier in the heat of the day, Thompson was proud to see Starkville nearly pull off a comeback victory.
"Our kids just kept battling and kept battling," Thompson said. "(Grenada) went up on us by four and we battled back. We just ran out of innings and ran out of outs, but I was proud of the effort they gave. They never quit fighting. They kept hitting, kept listening to the coaches and I think it paid off. I think it will carry us on through the tournament if they will keep doing what they are doing."
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