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June 11th, 2013
It has been almost 14 years since Travis Garner has called the Starkville area home, but that is all about to change.
After graduating from Starkville Academy in 1999 and heading off to college, Garner is returning to his former stomping grounds to assume the role of head baseball coach at Starkville High School.
You can teach someone fundamentals, but you can't teach love of the game.
Former Starkville Academy coach Neal Henry never had to worry about that with Hunter Bolin.
It is a big risk to hire an unproven coach.
The Ackerman Indians took that risk this past season as it hired Patrick Nutt to lead their baseball team. In the end, that risk paid off hugely, as the Indians finished 15-11 overall and won Class 2A, Region 5, District 4 with a 9-1 record.
Nutt was recognized as Starkville Daily News High School Baseball Coach of the Year for that accomplishment.
Coming into this season, Mississippi State head coach John Cohen was not a big fan of the Bulldogs' schedule.
The 2013 Southeastern Conference baseball season welcomed two new teams for competition in Texas A&M and Missouri.Â
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. â€“ Mississippi State was six outs away from the College World Series, but rain forced the Bulldogs to wait another day to record the last few outs.
The No. 12 (Collegiate Baseball) Bulldogs came back Monday afternoon after rain suspended game two of the Charlottesville Super Regional to beat the No. 6 Virginia Cavaliers 6-5 at Davenport Field to advance to Omaha, Neb.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. â€“ Mississippi State's first appearance in the College World Series came in 1971.Â
The Bulldogs will return in 2013 for the ninth time.Â
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. â€“ Adam Frazier came into the Charlottesville Super Regional with 94 hits and ninth on the Mississippi State single-season hit career list.
The sixth round Pittsburgh Pirates draft pick went 8-for-11 over the weekend as the No. 12 (Collegiate Baseball) Bulldogs beat the No. 6 Virginia Cavaliers 6-5 Monday afternoon to move on to the College World Series.
There's excitement in the voice of Starkville Academy football coach Jeff Terrill about the upcomingÂ schedule.
While this yearâ€™s slate of games is certainly no easy task for the Volunteers, who are a relatively young squad,Â theÂ StarkvilleÂ AcademyÂ staff is encouraged heading into the season.
â€śThere are no breaks week to week and I think it is even tougher than last year,â€ť Terrill said.
There won't many breathers from Friday to Friday for the Starkville Yellowjackets during the 2013 football season and that's just the way head coach Jamie Mitchell wants it.
Mitchell is excited about the venues, environments and competition that moving into Class 6A brings with it and the non-division schedule also.
"It is 100 times better," Mitchell said.
For the ninth time in school history, the Mississippi State Bulldogs have secured a spot in NCAA baseball's College World Series in Omaha, Neb.
The Bulldogs held on for a 6-5 win over No. 6 national seed Virginia Monday afternoon at Davenport Field to win the Charlottesville Super Regional.