SMITH ON SPORTS: Longhorns, Swing Elite competitive
The United States Speciality Sports Association 11 State Tournament certainly had its share of interesting moments as far as Starkville teams are concerned.
It has been a higly-competitive event anyway, no matter where someone looks at the bracket, but the Starkville representatives began with three-straight one-run victories.
The Swing Elite recorded a 5-4 win over Southern Rock and the Longhorns followed that up with a 4-3 triumph against the Muckdawgs. The Longhorns won the game in the bottom of the fourth inning on a squeeze bunt play by Ethan Roberts to score Shemar Crawford.
The drama continued on Friday as the Longhorns earned another one-run decision and this time defeated the Mississippi Indians 8-7 in pool play. It was a different Roberts that got the winning hit as Jesse drove home Cedric Hines with a single in the fourth inning.
Not to be outdone in the comeback department was Swing Elite as they delivered five runs in the fourth inning to take an 11-6 win over the Jackson Bucks.
Neither the Swing nor the Longhorns were able to make it to Championship Sunday today in Class AAA.
The Longhorns have a good team, but their run came to an end late Friday night with a 5-1 loss to the tough Oxford Rebels.
Despite the exit at the USSSA State, coach Keith Lawrence has done a good job working with the youth in Starkville on the baseball field for many years.
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