A pair of tight 9-7 victories on Sunday was all the Mathiston Mad Dawgs needed to claim a Grand Slam World Series of Baseball 10U-N Division State championship at the Starkville Sportsplex.
After going 1-1 in pool play, the Mad Dawgs defeated the Wildcats 9-7 in the semifinals of the championship bracket, then turned around and claimed a win by the same score over Starkville Swing Elite for the title.
Starkville Swing Elite won the bracket in 11U-N to capture the state title in that division. Swing Elite had one win and two ties in pool play, then defeated Mizuno Golden Spikes 8-5 to begin bracket play on Sunday.
For more on Grand Slam baseball, see Monday's Starkville Daily News.