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The Starkville 12-year-old All-Stars couldn't have asked for a better start to the Dizzy Dean North State Tournament on Friday.
After taking an early 4-0 lead, Starkville hammered Southaven American for two more innings to take a 15-1 victory.
"We got off to the start that we wanted," Starkville coach Leonardo Thompson said. "We only used a couple of our pitchers in a couple of innings so we're still real strong in the pitching area. My kids came around and hit the ball real well. I was proud of their attitude and proud of their discipline."
Garrett Lewis pitched two no-hit innings with five strikeouts to get the game under control for Starkville, then Jaden James hurled two innings with three strikeouts and Elijah Parrish struck out the side in the one inning he worked.
"Garrett pitched a no-hitter starting out and did a really good job," Thompson said. "Jaden almost had a no-hitter, but gave up one little hit that didn't hurt us. Elijah came in and closed it off for us."
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