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Slipper still fitting: Starkville 12-year-olds enjoying 'Cinderella' surge at event

July 13, 2014

Starkville pitcher Tanner Graves took a no-hitter into the sixth inning against Magnolia Youth on Sunday afternoon. (Photo by Danny P. Smith, SDN)

The Starkville 12-year-old All-Stars found out on Sunday that the Cinderella slipper still fits.
After losing a 15-6 decision to Winona on Saturday, Starkville has battled its way back through the loser's bracket to win three-straight games and finds itself as one of the last four teams left standing at the Dizzy Dean South State Tournament.
Starkville defeated Magnolia Youth out of Water Valley 9-4 on Sunday after shutting out neighboring Mathiston 10-0 earlier in the day at McKee Park.
"You talk about a Cinderella team?" Starkville coach Leonardo Thompson said. "The kids have just been battling. They are revitalized and playing hard. I think they've got that second wind in and they've just been having fun playing baseball. That's what it's boiling down to."

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