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There were no tears for the Starkville Swing Elite 11-year-old baseball team on Saturday afternoon.
Even though there was disappointment that they could not advance further in the United States Speciality Sports Association 11 State Tournament, Swing Elite believed they stood up to the challenge against one of the best teams in the event.
Swing Elite lost a 12-4 decision to defending state champion Oxford Rebels at the Starkville Sportsplex.
"As coaches, we knew we did our job, because it used to be where you'd lose and everybody's got tears," Swing Elite coach Sean Owen said. "No tears were shed because we knew we could live to fight another day and they understood big picture. Everybody (Saturday) knew we were close and were in it. Baseball happened to us (Saturday)."
Oxford scored three runs in the first inning, but Starkville was able to hold its opponent scoreless for four-straight innings to stay in the game.
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