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SOUTHAVEN â€“ After a strong Saturday start at the Dizzy Dean World Series, Starkvilleâ€™s 8-year-old All-Stars ran into trouble Sunday.
Playing two games in Southaven, Starkville fell to East Cherokee, Ga., 8-1, then lost to in-state foe Saltillo 16-6.
â€śWe played pretty early in the morning so I think everyone was tired and worn out,â€ť said Starkville head coach Shane Grantham. â€śOverall, we just had a bad day.â€ť
Starkvilleâ€™s struggles came just one day after a dominating 18-4 win over Oregon Park, Ga., in their DDWS opener.
Sundayâ€™s two losses now relegate Starkville to the consolation bracket of the tournament, beginning with an 11 a.m. game today against Batesville. A Starkville win would set up an 11 a.m. Tuesday game against a to-be-determined opponent. A defeat would end Starkvilleâ€™s season.
Despite Sundayâ€™s results, Grantham says his team is still in high spirits.
â€śThey have their heads lifted up and are still having a great time,â€ť said Grantham.
â€śTheyâ€™re ready to get back out there and play again (today).â€ť