Starkville LL run in Waco ends

Staff Writer

A 4-0 deficit couldn’t be overcome on Friday night by Starkville Little League despite a valiant comeback attempt.
In the end, Starkville came up short late in the game and fell to Colorado 4-3 in the second round of the Southwest Regional ending its summer run.
Colorado jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning and was up 3-0 after three innings.
After Colorado added another run in the fourth, Starkville was going to give itself a chance. With one out and the bases loaded, Brennan Wright walked in a run and Cy Hallberg singled in another to cut the game to 4-2. As would be the case in the final three innings, Starkville didn’t take advantage of enough opportunities and left runners stranded.
Ethan Pulliam was holding Colorado at bay on the mound and giving his team a chance and in the fifth, it had another.
Aiden Harper hit into a bases-loaded fielder’s choice with one out scoring Xavier Prater and cutting the lead to 4-3, but Starkville again left opportunities on the bases.
In the sixth inning, it culminated.
Hallberg singled and Pulliam was hit by pitch to start the bottom of the frame. A new pitcher came in and ended those chances with a flyout, strikeout and a groundout ending the summer season for Starkville.
It was a special few weeks for the team, many of those players went undefeated on a run to the Dizzy Dean 12-year-old South State and Overall State Championship as All-Stars. Starkville won three games in four days in Hattiesburg with a portion of the Dizzy Dean team and Louisville standouts for its third-straight state title in Little League.