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Starkville Braves enjoy success traveling state

June 12, 2014

The members of the Starkville Braves are coach Jonathan Upchurch, back from left, coach Kurt Skelton, coach William Skelton, coach Charlie Williamson; and players Trey Williamson, middle from left, Karsten Upchurch, Adam Barrett, Brennon Wright, Cooper McNeel, Drew Hudgins; and Xavier Prater, front from left, Grayson Skelton, Wade Williams, Hayden Dodson, and Briceton Johnson. (Submitted photo)

There's a theory in sports that if you want to be the best, you have to play the best.
That is exactly what the Starkville Braves are doing this year as they compete statewide as a 9-year-old travel baseball team.
“The difference between travel and other types is when you travel, you have kids from everywhere,” Braves coach Charlie Williamson said. “You recruit players as long as they are in the age group, which makes for really high competition. For us, it was fun to build a team that got along as well as they do and play as well as they do.”
Since its culmination earlier in the year, the Braves, who is comprised of athletes from Starkville, Ackerman, Columbus and Louisville, have played from one end of the state to the other. Most recently the team journeyed west on highway 82 to take part in the 82 Challenge Tournament where it ultimately came out on top.

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