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July 3rd, 2013
The Starkville 10-year-old Dizzy Dean All-Stars have what coach Ben Knight calls a "unique" team.
Although the strength of the squad rests with a solid pitching staff, Knight said that doesn't mean it doesn't do other things well.
Standing as one has been the focus for the Starkville 12-year-old All-Star team.
No matter whether it is on the field or off, coach Jim Yates states his team is prepared to stand strong against whatever comes their way.
Brent DeWeese, the coach of the Starkville 7-year-old Dizzy Dean All-Stars, has been spending the majority of his time over the last week teaching the art of the game of baseball to his team.
The former player for Starkville High School and Mississippi State has gained knowledge of the sport over the years and looks to pass on those lessons to his young squad.
Tournament Baseball is returning to Starkville one more time this summer.
It has been a busy time for this city for baseball over the last month.
Mike Nemeth has spent most of his career working with media relations and marketing at Mississippi State, but he has accepted a new challenge this summer.
Nemeth was promoted to senior associate athletic director of administration at Mississippi State earlier this summer.
He was serving as senior associate athletic director for media and marketing.
Mississippi State's Adam Frazier put his name on the map this season with one of the best hitting performances in school history.
The junior shortstop broke the single-season school record for hits and led the NCAA with 107 hits.
Frazier was drafted in the sixth round by the Pittsburgh Pirates in June's First-Year Player draft.
Last season was a banner year for Starkville Academy athletics and athletic director Glenn Schmidt intends to continue that standard right into the next school year.
â€śAs a whole, I think our whole program was outstanding,â€ť Schmidt said. â€śI just feel we are going to keep rolling so to speak, let the tradition roll into next year and give us a boost to some of the things we want to do.â€ť
McKee Park will be busy with baseball action this weekend.
Beginning Friday afternoon, the park will play host to the Dizzy Dean 8-year-old State Tournament, which features 17 teams from across the state. Two of those teams will be from right here in Starkville.
I've had some time the last few days to sit down and collect my thoughts on what just transpired with the Mississippi State baseball team.
The run the Bulldogs made was incredible.Â
I am less than half a year into the Mississippi State beat, and I never imagined I would be covering a national championship this soon.
Luis Pollorena became a crowd favorite at Dudy Noble Field in his three seasons with the Mississippi State Bulldogs.
The MSU senior left hander will take his personality with him to the next level.
The Laredo, Texas native was taken in the 23rd round by the Texas Rangers in last month's First-Year Player draft.