Friday, July 21, 2017

Little League District 1 Championship Winners Head to Waco!

Three Louisville Little Leaguers help their local “Little League” All Star team advance in the Mississippi State Championship in Hattiesburg Mississippi on July 17th—20th. This team is part of a Local Little League association which encompasses Oktibbeha, Winston & Clay counties. The three Louisville players include Adien Harper & Jett Joiner (Winston Academy ) along with Bentley King (Nanih Waiya) all who have played in this league for the past 2 seasons.  The” Starkville Team” is coached by Russ McReynolds, Eric Hailberg &Tyler Johnson. 

Game one pitching was handled by starting pitcher Adien Harper allowing only 1 run through 2 innings while reliever Bentley King came in to face 8 batters striking out 7 to close-out the 12-1 victory over the Brookhaven All-Stars. Strong hitting by the Starkville Team lead by Ely Dale, CY Hailberg, Bentley King & Xavier Calwell.  Brennon Wright slammed the door shut with a Grand Slam homerun in the 3rd inning.

Game 2 was another onslaught of power hitting from the Starkville Team assisted by great pitching by starter Jeff Joiner (2 shutout innings), adding an inside the park homerun in the 4th.  Finishing the game on the mound was reliever Mac McReynolds, only allowing 1 run in a 17-1 win over the Jones county All-Stars. The great hitting was led by CY Hailberg, Brennon Wright & Adien Harper (2 for 3 with a nice squeeze bunt in the second inning) Ethan Pullam, who put on a hitting display going (3 for 4 with a long ball in the 3rd inning adding the final 3 runs.

Game 3 “Mississippi State Championship Game”. Again the Starkville Little League All-stars faced the Brookhaven Little League All-Star team for the overall State championship. Brookhaven needing to win 2 games over Starkville to take the crown. However it was not to be as starting pitcher Brennon Wright pitched 2 shut-out innings…. following strong relief pitching by Ethan Pullman who only allowed one hit in the 14 to 0 win. The great hitting continued with strong at bats by Newt Thomas, Jack Ruth and a 3 run homerun by Jett Joiner in the 3rd inning to seal the victory.

This win sends the Starkville All-Star team to the 2017 Little League Baseball Southwest Regional Tournament in Waco Texas on August 3-9 inside Marvin Norcross Stadium.

The first game is Thursday, August 3rd at 2:00 EST as The Starkville team takes on the Texas West team. The games are aired on The “Longhorn” channel (Direct TV channel 677) & (Dish TV channel 407).  If the team can win this Regional Tournament, they would qualify for a trip to the overall World Series in Williamsport,  PA. (submitted)