Starkville 11-year-olds look to bounce back after loss

Donovan Moorhead pitches for Starkville's 11-year-olds.

Staff Writer

It may have been a tough result to swallow for the Starkville 11-year-old All-Stars on Thursday, but coach Reggie Campbell wanted to make sure he was clear to the players.

Even though Starkville held a 9-1 lead at one time, only to lose a 10-9 decision to Houston at the South State Tournament at Ivy Park, there is not anything it can do about that game today.

The most important thing for Starkville is to come back Friday against the loser of a late Thursday matchup between Greenville and Louisville and take care of business at 3 p.m.

“It’s the next game up,” Campbell said. “We can’t sit around and ponder about what just happened. I tell the kids that we’ve got to get right back out the next day.”

Starkville was building its lead, while Donovan Moorhead was pitching well. Moorhead only gave up one run in 4 ½ innings of work.

Offensively, Tanner McKee drove in three runs with a triple, Luke McKenzie added an RBI double, and Jonas Coleman and Major Smith had one RBI double each.

That production was not enough as Houston scored nine times to take the lead and then kept Starkville from scoring to win the game.

Despite the loss, Campbell is confident he has the talent on his team to battle back through the loser’s bracket and get back in contention for a championship.

“There is no reason we still can’t win this tournament,” Campbell said. “We have the talent to do it and have the pitching to do it.”