Smith on Sports: Starkville's successful Saturday

Danny P. Smith
Staff Writer

Starkville Dizzy Dean All-Stars baseball teams had Mayor Lynn Spruill pretty busy on Saturday.
Somehow it didn’t look like she minded very much.
Spruill was busy handing out medals and taking photos with Starkville’s Overall State champion 10-year-old and 12-year-old squads.
It was a long day of baseball at Starkville’s McKee Park, but it was a successful one.
Starkville’s 10-year-olds started their quest at around 9:45 a.m. against Marshall County National. Starkville got off to a fast start with a 4-0 lead and went on to a 13-1 victory in five innings.
After Grenada Youth earned its spot in the title game with an 8-7 win over Greenville, Starkville put back on its run-scoring clothes and easily defeated Grenada Youth 16-0 in three innings.
While the 10-year-olds were taking care of business, next door at the other baseball field, the 12-year-olds were on their way to a title.
Starkville edged Horn Lake 7-6 in five innings, then went on to knock off Greenville 19-7 for the championship.
Along with the teams that claimed trophies on Saturday, Starkville also won an Overall State championship last Monday when the 6-year-old group of coach Alan Smith accomplished the feat.
The Starkville 6-year-olds and 12-year-olds won East State Tournaments at McKee Park before remaining in the familiar surroundings for the Overall events. The 12-year-olds swept both tournaments without losing a game.
For Starkville 12-year-old coach Russ McReynolds, it was very satisfying to see the hometown teams do well.
“It’s a big day for Starkville,” McReynolds said. “Our Starkville teams for Dizzy Dean have competed really well this year. It’s great for baseball here and hope to see it continue for years to come.”
McReynolds and all of the coaches of the Starkville Baseball Association seem to be leading their players in the right direction. The players are talented, but the coaches are putting them in the best possible positions to be successful.
After watching the youth of Starkville compete on the baseball field the last couple of weeks, it certainly seems the future of the game in this town is very bright.
It would not be surprising in a few years to see some of the same players that were on the field Saturday become the stars of their teams and leading Starkville to more championship moments.

Danny P. Smith is the sports editor and columnist for The Starkville Daily News. The opinions in this column are his and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SDN or its staff.