Starkville 10-year-olds play well in all facets of game to claim state title

Starkville 10-year-old Dizzy Dean All-Stars

SDN staff

Starkville's 10-year-old Dizzy Dean All-Stars performed well in all facets of baseball on Monday night and the result was a state championship.

After a 13-7 win over Caledonia in the first game, Starkville also defeated Choctaw County 13-1 in an all-area matchup for the title.

Starkville only had five hits in the championship game, but made those count for 13 runs.
"We had a lot of at-bats that we won," Starkville coach Brad Cohen said. "I teach them to win that at-bat. If they win that at-bat, then we'll be fine. They won a lot of at-bats (Monday). They hit the ball hard and ran the bases well.

"Our defense finally got to where I wanted it."

Choctaw County took a 1-0 lead with a run in the first inning and that stood for an inning and a half.

In the second frame, Starkville produced five runs and put the game away with an eight-run third. The game was called by a run rule in the fourth.

Along with getting two of the five hits in the game, Lucian Walker pitched all four innings and gave up one run on three hits with five strikeouts and one walk.

"Lucian Walker gave up a run in the first inning and he was lights out after that," Cohen said. "He pitched (the Choctaw County) game and the first game (in Indianola against Greenville). He gave up two runs against Greenville and one run here. He was hitting his spots."

Brody Jones and Tyreq Hendrix also had one hit each in the title game for Starkville.

Starkville 13, Caledonia 7

Starkville rallied from a 5-1 deficit to win and advance to the championship game.

After the two teams traded a run in the first inning, Caledonia established a four-run lead with a four-spot in the second.

Starkville got to within 5-4 with three runs in the second, then exploded offensively with nine runs in the third inning to gain a 13-5 advantage.

Caledonia got its final two runs in the fourth, but Starkville put an end to that threat to win in four innings.

Leading the 11-hit attack for Starkville was Julian Kracker, Bradley Key Cohen, A'Braylen Jenkins and Casen Sanders with two hits each. Sanders had a triple, while Cohen and Jenkins added one double each. Also contributing a single was Hendrix.

Tylan Calvert was the starting pitcher and worked 1.1 innings for Starkville. Jenkins entered the game in the second inning and went 2.2 innings. He did not give up a hit during his outing.

By capturing the state championship, the Starkville 10-year-olds now have the opportunity go on to the Dizzy Dean World Series and as of right now, coach Cohen says that's the plan.

"Right now, we're going," Cohen said.

(Editor's Note: Starkville Daily News sports editor Danny P. Smith compiled the information for this report.)