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The Starkville 10-year-old All-Stars left no doubt in a first round Dizzy Dean State Tournament game.
Starkville beat Winona 11-1 in four innings at McKee Park Thursday night. The game was pushed back an hour due to weather earlier in the day, but that didn't seem to bother Starkville.
Randy Carlisle's team jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning. After a walk, a hit by pitch and an infield single, the bases were loaded.
An error by the catcher allowed two runs to score and nine-hole hitter Jartavious Guyton doubled down the left-field line to drive in the third run.
"We didn't hit the ball very well (during batting practice) before the game, but when they turned the lights on, we showed up and got an 11-1 victory," Carlisle said. "I was pleased with that."
Winona fought back and got one back in the third inning, but that was all. Starkville starting pitcher Garrett Lewis pitched three innings giving up just the one run. He struck out four, walked a batter, hit a batter and only allowed one hit.
Izak Hanson pitched the top of the fourth, striking out two and walked a batter.
Starkville struck for five runs in the home half of the third inning. An error and an infield single had two men on for cleanup hitter Justin Rook.
Rook doubled down the left field line driving in one run. Parker Nodine then hit a sacrifice fly to right field driving in Lewis. An infield single by Tanner Graves drove in two runs. Graves found his way across the plate for the fifth run of the inning.
Starkville ended the game with three runs in the fourth inning.
A leadoff walk and a single had two men on base for Lewis. Lewis singled to right driving in one-hole hitter Jaden James. Rook came up big again and ensured victory with a double to center driving in two runs.
Starkville is back in action today with a 10 a.m. start time against West Point. A win and it will not play again until Saturday at 7 p.m.
"I saw West Point play and had to go the whole game to win 7-6," Carlisle said. "They have a scrappy team so we're going to have to come back out and play with some energy."View more articles in: