Starkville 10-year-old Dizzy Dean All-Stars

The members of the Starkville 10-year-old All-Stars that won an All-Star Grand Slam Tournament a couple of weeks ago and begin play at the Dizzy Dean South State Tournament in Indianola today are Hayes Carver, Jack Johnson, Will Akers, Nate Fratesi, Jace Yates, Hank Hollingsworth, Brody Wright, Sam Wall, Quintin Baker, Alex Edelblute, Walt Anthony and Tanner Chance. The coaches are Ben Carver, Brantley Johnson and Kevin Edelblute.

Pitching is key in a tournament situation.

When it comes to the quest to win a state championship, the Starkville 10-year-old Dizzy Dean All-Stars believe they may have an advantage in that area.

Allan Smith has been coaching his 12-year-old Starkville All-Stars for the last four years and has seen them all grow from kid-pitch all the way to junior high.

Smith has a solid squad of players again this year heading into the Dizzy Dean South State tournament this weekend in Columbus and he has the right strategy to win the stretch of games that will take place.

There shouldn’t be any surprises for the Starkville American 8-year-old Dizzy Dean All-Stars when they begin competition at the South State tournament Thursday in Houston.

With success at state tournaments in the past, the players understand what it takes to go on a run and be able to hold a trophy at the end of an event.

Ryan Smith hopes the hard work that his Starkville National 8-year-old All-Stars have put in over the last several weeks will pay off.

As Starkville National gets ready to face Mantachie Thursday night at the South State Tournament in Houston, Smith likes how the team has approached preparation.

For more on all of these Starkville Dizzy Dean teams, see Thursday's Starkville Daily News.

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