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Starkville baseball teams travel for the Dizzy Dean World Series

SOUTH HARBOR – Two Starkville baseball teams made the trip north this weekend to participate in the Dizzy Dean World Series. The games begin Thursday between the state tournament champions from across the South.

Teams from the Golden Triangle participating in the World Series tournament include Starkville 12U and 8U baseball and Caledonia 10U softball.

The Starkville White 8U All-Star team won the state tournament on their home court at the new Cornerstone Park, a state-of-the-art complex recently completed and opened for use.

“It was really exciting to have it in Starkville and get to represent the city,” 8U head coach Jase Abraham said of Dizzy Dean Mississippi’s win on home court. “We had two really good Starkville teams in that tournament and the guys played hard. They fought through the heat and defended well throughout. Towards the end they started hitting the ball better and it was exciting to win the tournament, and we are extremely grateful to everyone involved in that tournament and the facility.

Abraham credited the city and tournament organizers for helping create an environment for baseball and softball to grow in Starkville, and credited the existing programs for continuing to nurture young talent year after year. This isn’t the first year Starkville has had teams represented in the World Series, and Abraham is confident it won’t be the last.

“It’s more than just baseball in Starkville,” Abraham said. “I have four boys and this is the place where you can spend time with the family. You spend quality time playing baseball and seeing all the people there and the people pouring into Starkville. I know there was so much work done behind the scenes and we were very grateful for it.”

Starkville 12U All-Stars also won their state tournament, competing against Louisville and remaining undefeated with a walk-off win to book their ticket to the World Series. Coach Cain Elinburg has seen many of his players since they were in the 8U group and continues to be impressed with their level of play in big games.

“It was a good weekend,” he said. “They showed perseverance and never gave up when they were down, and they’re just a good ball team. They are all experienced players and as solid all-star team as you could wish for. They came here to win, and that’s the goal.”

Elinburg shared a similar view of the youth setup and level of high-level play in the area.

“Starkville is a baseball town,” he said. We have a lot of talent and the city is behind it by building a great complex where we can practice. It’s been nothing but great, and I think that gives these kids an edge, not to mention good travel ball teams and good coaches and mentors. I have coached many of these kids since 8U and it is great to see them compete and get better every year.”

Both Starkville teams begin their World Series campaigns on Thursday.

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