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Starkville 12's look to make another impressive run

July 23, 2014

The members of the Starkville 12-year-old All-Stars are Judah Buckner (listed alphabetically), Braden Carlisle, Thomas Gable, Tanner Graves, Izak Hanson, Jaden James, Gregory Knox, Garrett Lewis, Elijah Parrish, Jontavious Spearmon and Orien Thompson. The Starkville 12-year-old All-Stars finished second in the Dizzy Dean North State Tournament and will compete in the World Series. (Photo by Jason Edwards, SDN)

It has been a little over a week now since the Starkville 12-year-old All-Stars were able to make a run to second place at the Dizzy Dean North State Tournament.
The All-Stars showed coach Leonardo Thompson what they could do after falling into the loser's bracket by battling back to win five-straight games and reaching the championship game.
Thompson hopes his team can recapture some of that magic beginning this weekend when it participates in the Dizzy Dean World Series in Southaven.
The 12-year-olds leave for Southaven Friday morning and will learn who they play first and when during a coaches meeting on Friday.
No matter who the 12-year-olds face in the next few days, Thompson said it will take the "same intensity" to have success that they had when they finished second at the North State Tournament in Starkville.
Thompson said his squad performed its best when its backs were against the wall.
"I think the loser's bracket was our friend because the kids realized that if they lose, they were going to go home and that would be the end of it," Thompson said. "To pull off five games in a row and play nine games in five days was pretty amazing."

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