Choctaw County 8-year-olds finish second at South State

Choctaw County 8-year-old Dizzy Dean All-Stars

Staff Writer

Choctaw County's 8-year-old All-Stars could do nothing to slow down the momentum that Caledonia had built throughout Sunday.

After going into Sunday in the driver's seat to claim the South State Dizzy Dean championship, Choctaw County couldn't finish the deal as it lost 15-3 and 8-3 to a Caledonia squad that also defeated Starkville earlier in the day.

"We couldn't get anything going," Choctaw County coach Brent Telano said. "We played decent defense, but just couldn't hit the ball. If we were able to hit the ball, we would have had a chance, but it's a credit to them. They hit it and we didn't. It was Caledonia's day and wasn't our day."

After a scoreless first inning in the second game the teams played against each other, Caledonia jumped on top with three runs in the second frame, then added one more in the third and three in the fourth to go up 7-0.
Choctaw County scratched out a pair of runs in the fifth inning when Ta'Corey Robinson reached and scored, then Nolan Ashley singled and scored.

The two teams traded runs in the final inning. Choctaw County's Brennan Telano doubled and came home in the sixth, but that was all it could get as Caledonia celebrated a South State banner.

Lawson Stevens had a double and a single for Choctaw County.

Coach Telano was proud of his team and how it represented the Ackerman community over the last four days.

"I'm proud of them because we have three teams to choose from," Telano said. "These other big teams have 10 to 15 teams to choose from. With our size of town and county, I'm really proud of where we finished and hopefully, we'll get two more (today)."

Choctaw County takes on Batesville in Batesville Monday at 6 p.m. in the Overall State Tournament.

Caledonia 15, Choctaw County 3

Caledonia exploded for six runs in the first inning and never looked back in the first game against Choctaw County.

Choctaw County scored one run in the second and two more in the third, but it was not near enough to combat the Caledonia hitting attack.

Lawson Stevens was again the leading hitter for Choctaw County with a single and triple, while Brennan Telano and Marcari Holman had two singles each.

Caledonia 13, Starkville 9

In what had become a theme of the day for Caledonia, it took an early lead and kept scoring to get a victory over Starkville.

Starkville had beaten Caledonia 11-7 earlier in the tournament.

Caledonia got four runs in the first inning, then Starkville gained a 5-4 advantage with one run in the first and four in the second.

In the third inning, Caledonia took an 8-5 lead with a four-spot and added three more tallies in the fourth.

Starkville came back again with four runs in the fifth inning to close the gap to 11-9.

Caledonia added its final two runs in the top of the sixth.

George Bock scored two of the runs for third-place Starkville, while Trenton Huchstetler, Isaiah Kemp, Caleb Fratesi, Oscar Bock, Aidan Brooks, George Dunn and Whitten Miller were all credited with one run scored each.