STARKVILLE -- It's normal for a coach to tout his team and expect to win every game. Keith Lawrence doesn't mind wearing the cap of the mega-confident, if not braggadocios baseball coach.
Starting Friday, Propst Park will as much resemble the host of an outdoor music festival as a youth baseball and softball tournament. The cheers, loud and proud, will derive from dozens of girls, perhaps hundreds, from throughout the state, ranging in age from tiny tots to teenage veterans of Amateur Softball Association of America competition. Unlike baseball -- make that just about any other American sport -- an unofficial prerequisite of playing softball is cheering. Seriously. You cheer in the dugout while a teammate is at the plate.
Jason Edwards, coach of West Point's 10-and-under baseball team, watched from outside the dugout as Brandon Lairy made contact and raced to first base.
It's nearly time. After months of planning, cleaning, primping, and organizing, Roger Short and the Columbus-Lowndes Recreation Authority are ready to roll out the welcome mat to all of the players, parents, relatives, and fans who will invade Propst Park for four Dizzy Dean slow-pitch softball age-group tournaments and the 10-and-under South state baseball tournament.
The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will compete this weekend at the Magnolia Motor Speedway in Columbus.
Andy Halford has fished long enough to know some searches prove fruitless.
It takes a village to support Travis Outlaw -- make that an older brother and two cousins.
It looked like "if" was going to turn into "when." Then the Kosciusko's bats kicked into gear and ended an afternoon in the sun with some championship relief.
The unknowns will crystallize tonight. Columbus 8-and-under Dizzy Dean softball coach Jay Cook hopes his players are ready when everything comes into focus. Cook and his players will put their efforts to the test at 7 tonight when they take on the Nettleton Diamond Divas on the Redbird A field in the double-elimination, coach-pitch North State tournament at Propst Park.
Magnolia Motor Speedway will host a Fourth of July program Sunday that will feature the P.R.O. Dirt Car Series Super Late Models in a 40-lap, $2,000-to-Win/$150-to-Start in the third and final round of the annual Firecracker Three Crown Nationals.
Jay Stacy feels his Columbus 9-year-old Dizzy Dean baseball team is warmed up and ready to go for the state tournament.
Unsettling. Imposing. Dominating. Luther Hackman Sr. has played all of those roles from 60 feet, 6 inches away and 10 1/2 inches above home plate.
Every now and then, from just outside the dugout, Donna Glasgow reminds her husband where he's at and who he's coaching, especially when the score of his softball game is close, or a practice isn't progressing the way he'd prefer. You need to calm down. You need to remember, these are 7- and 8-year-old girls. They're not your boys. No, this isn't one of the youth baseball teams Sean Glasgow coaches.
What's in a name? Baseball players in the Golden Triangle will find out after area coaches sit down to discuss the latest Dizzy Dean Senior tournament and to begin planning for the event in 2012.
STARKVILLE -- Defense is pivotal to a championship run, and Starkville 11-year-old All-Star baseball coach Steve Wylie thinks his team is primed to make a serious run at a title.
Everyone noticed. Now the Caledonia High School baseball players have to build on what they accomplished in the summer and this weekend at the Dizzy Dean tournament.
Sometimes it helps to know the obstacle you're going to face so you can have the right mind-set. After throwing three innings Saturday night against New Hope, Zachary (La.) Dizzy Dean baseball coach Sam Adams removed starting pitcher Evan Tidwell to make sure he was prepared to take to the mound again if the team advanced to the title game of the Dizzy Dean tournament.
Caledonia High School's Jeremy Reed-Wood and Glenn Robinson of Columbus High's entered Saturday's Dizzy Dean tournament in similar situations.
Saturday marked another long day of baseball for New Hope High School's Dizzy Dean baseball team. And while the Trojans ended the day with a loss, a 6-1 setback to Zachary (La.) in a nightcap at Trojan Field, coach Lee Boyd was happy with his team's performance entering today's semifinal matchup against Caledonia.
MACON -- Maliek Stallings and his friends spent Saturday morning participating in the second annual Nate Hughes Football Camp. "You can do pushups, you get to compete against each other," said Stallings, 10, who this fall will enter the fifth grade at Earl Nash Elementary School. "You get to win trophies. It's fun."
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