The Ackerman 10-year-old All-Stars could have folded up the tent and quit after getting down by a sizable margin against Clinton Thursday afternoon at the Dizzy Dean State Tournament.
Instead, Ackerman found a way to make a game of it.
Even though the Choctaw County squad fell behind 7-0, it managed to close the gap significantly and only lost an 8-6 decision to Clinton at McKee Park.
"We're real proud of them and they did an outstanding job," Ackerman coach Glenn Beard said of the rally. "We just waited a little too late in the game to start hitting. We felt it would be like that, but we were hoping they wouldn't get too far ahead of us because we like to come roaring back with our hitters. We just couldn't get it going."
Clinton scored six runs in the first inning and added another in the second to jump comfortably ahead, but Devan Taylor hit a three-run home run for Ackerman in the third to cut the lead to 7-3.
After Clinton added one run in the fourth to increase its advantage to 8-3, Ackerman put up another three-run tally in the fourth. It didn't get any closer.
Ackerman dropped into the loser's bracket with the loss and takes on either Columbus American or Louisville at 1 p.m. today.
Houston 20, Mathiston 9
Mathiston came out strong against Houston in one of the first games of the day at McKee Park, but Houston stormed back to take the convincing victory.
After Mathiston scored nine runs in the top of the first inning, Houston answered with 11 runs in the bottom of the first to take the lead.
Houston added five runs in the second and five more in the third to put the game away.
For Mathiston, Preston Hill had three singles, while Gray McCarter, Conner Shurden, Cameron Woods and Luke McKee had one single each.
Mathiston dropped to the loser's bracket and plays Eupora today at 7 p.m.
Caledonia 14, Eupora 9
Eupora and Caledonia battled back and forth until the Lowndes County team finally took over and won.
After Eupora jumped out first scoring three runs in the top half of the second, Caledonia answered with three runs of its own in the home half of the inning.
The Webster County squad made it 5-3 after the top of the third, but Caledonia exploded for seven runs in the bottom of the third.
Eupora found itself one run away from a loss but managed to get the final out in the fourth inning to make it 14-5. Eupora did not go away and scored four runs in the top of the fifth. The two teams threw up zeroes in the bottom of the fifth and top of the sixth inning.
Caledonia plays Columbus Nationals at 10 a.m. today.
Eupora finds itself in the loser's bracket and plays Mathiston at 7 p.m. today.