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Daniel Garner started getting himself mentally and physically prepared to enter the ballgame in the sixth inning.
The moved paid off.
The Mississippi State redshirt freshman had a pinch hit RBI single in the eighth inning that proved to be the game winner as the 18th-ranked Bulldogs beat Michigan State 4-2 Friday night in The Diamond Classic presented by Polk's Meat Products.
A chance to appear in the Class 6A North championship game and advance towards the state tournament was on the line Friday evening when the Starkville Yellowjackets and Grenada Chargers tipped off at the SHS gymnasium.
In the end, the shots did not fall for the Jackets way and it was the Chargers who got the 61-43 victory and meets Madison Central tonight for the North title.
A year ago Mississippi State lost 13 games in a row in Southeastern Conference play.
After Thursday night's four-point loss to Tennessee at home, the Bulldogs pushed this season's high losing skid to 10 games.
Most coaches may be very concerned with a losing streak in year two, but second-year Bulldog head coach Rick Ray isn't.
Starkville High School baseball coach Travis Garner had watched the development of junior pitcher Colbey Rivers during the offseason.
Garner rewarded Rivers' progress by giving him an opening day start.
"I've been waiting to pitch the first game for a while," Rivers said.
The Starkville Academy Volunteers won their first game of the season with a 7-2 victory in front of the home crowd over Bayou Academy.