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The Starkville 12-year-old All-Stars accomplished something on Saturday afternoon that it couldn't complete on Friday night.
After seeing a sixth-inning rally fall just short in a 6-5 loss to Grenada Youth on Friday at the Dizzy Dean North State Tournament, Starkville was able to come back from seven runs in the sixth to defeat Southaven National 11-7 on Saturday at McKee Park.
Starkville lost its first game of the day to Winona 15-9, but not even that was enough to keep it from bouncing back to stay alive in the tournament.
"My kids showed me something (Saturday)," Starkville coach Leonardo Thompson said. "They showed me that they had some heart and didn't give up. Even though we were down by five runs, we came back.
"I just asked them to keep playing, keep playing and keep playing. They listened. For the first time in their life, they listened and kept playing. They hit the ball when it was time to hit the ball and they fielded the ball when it was time to field the ball. You can't ask for anything more. I'm proud of each and every one of them."
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