Starkville 6-year-olds finish fourth at World Series

Starkville 6-year-old All-Stars
SDN staff

It was a final four run by the Starkville 6-year-old All-Stars at the Dizzy Dean World Series this week.
Starkville finished the World Series with a 5-3 record at Snowden Grove Park and placed fourth at the tournament. The 6-year-olds also won the Sportsmanship Award for the event.
"It was a wonderful experience," Starkville coach Allan Smith said. "The entire summer was just outstanding. I couldn't have hand-picked a better group of parents and kids."
After winning the Overall State championship at McKee Park, Starkville made its way to the World Series for competition. It did not start well for Starkville as it dropped a 20-12 decision to Pell City, Alabama, in the first game, but it bounced back to defeat Southaven National 18-9 to finish 1-1 in pool play.
Starkville started bracket play with a 21-13 victory over Southaven American, then lost to Gardendale, Alabama, 24-2.
Just as it had the entire summer, Starkville showed its resiliency and won three-straight games against Southaven National 24-9, Pell City, Alabama, 15-14, and Hobgood Heat, Georgia, 17-9.
The victory over Hobgood was the first of two games on Wednesday, but Starkville's stay in Southaven came to an end with its second loss to Gardendale, Alabama.
Smith was very proud of the play of his 6-year-old All-Stars, but getting the Sportsmanship Award took the situation to another level.
The Sportsmanship Award was voted on by the umpires of the World Series.
"The man that gave out the awards said, 'of all the trophies we give out, this may be the most important one,'" Smith said. "My biggest things are to teach (the players) about God, about being good kids and baseball is at the bottom of the list. For us to win this award, means they were listening to everything that we talked about as far as how to act and how to conduct themselves. It's not about wins and losses.
"I'm as proud of winning that award as I would have been if we had won the whole thing."