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Three Meridian teams capture Cal Ripken State Championships

By Staff
Compiled by Tony Krausz / assistant sports editor
July 14, 2004
NEW ALBANY The Meridian 12-year-old All Stars kept history in tact on Tuesday, picking up its third straight Cal Ripken State championship at the Sportsplex.
Keeping with the historical theme, Matt Ware scored the game's deciding run for a second consecutive year en route to a 10-0 victory in four innings over Florence for the title.
Meridian qualified for the regional tournament in Lake Village, Ark. The first game of the regional is set to start on Friday, and the winner of the tourney will earn a spot in the World Series in Aberdeen, Md.
Caleb Melton, who had three singles and two RBIs, opened the scoring for Meridian with an RBI single in the first, and Witt Haggard, who had two singles, a double and three RBIs, drove in the next two runs with a single. LaColtan Jackson, who had two singles and three RBIs, closed the first with his first RBI hit for a 4-0 lead.
Tyi Edwards, Michael Sterling, Mason Tabb, John Countis, Melton and Haggard each singled to start a four-run second inning, which was highlighted by a two-run single by Jackson.
Anthony Willis and Haggard each had an RBI hit in the bottom of the fourth, and Cain Mayatts singled to bring home Ware for the 10th and winning run.
Haggard, who posted a 3-0 pitching record in the tournament, recorded the win on the mound, giving just two hits. Joey Lawn closed the game for Meridian, allowing one hit in one inning of work.
Meridian All-Star team members include Michael Sterling, Matt Ware, Andrew Blaine, Mason Tabb, Joey Lawn, John Countis, Caleb Melton, Witt Haggard, Anthony Williams, LaColton Jackson, Sam Daniel, Cain Mayatt and Tyi Edmonds. The team is coached by Mike Sterling, David Haggard and Mike Melton.
A preview on the 12-year-olds regional tournament trip is scheduled to run in Friday's Meridian Star.
11-Year-Olds
The Meridian 11-Year-Old team also won the Cal Ripken State Championship for the third straight year.
Meridian, coached by David Johnson, won the event played in Booneville over the weekend.
Details of the win weren't available for this edition of The Meridain Star.
A story about the 11-Year-Old state championship is scheduled to run in Thursday's sports section, with a preview of the team's regional tournament to follow.
9-Year-Olds
Meridian won the 9-year-old Cal Ripken State championship with a four-run victory over Jackson.
Cody Andress and Lyle Daugherty combined for the pitching win for Meridian.
Tate Mosley and Dillon Rivers were the leading hitters for Meridian in the victory.
Meridian will begin play in the Southwest Regional tournament on Thursday in Denham Springs, La.
A preview on the 9-year-old's regional tournament is scheduled to run in Thursday's Meridian Star.
10-Year-Olds
The Meridian 10-year-old All-Stars took second place in the Cal Ripken State tournament on Monday.
Meridian made its way to the final game of the tourney with an 8-7 victory over North Jackson, but Vicksburg won the championship game 14-5.
In the championship play-in game, Meridian fought back from a 6-3 deficit in the third inning against North Jackson to score the one-run win.
Meridian, which trailed 6-4 after four innings, tallied three runs in the top of the fifth for a 7-6 lead. Meridian and Vicksburg exchanged runs in the sixth to produce the final score.
Cody Anderson and Tommy Brown handled the pitching duties for Meridian, and Brown, Ladarious Clark and Matt Miller each had two hits.
In the championship game, Blake McMullan and Jesse Lane each went 2-for-3 for Meridian in the loss to Vicksburg.
Meridian took its first loss of the tournament on Sunday night at the hands of Vicksburg 8-7.
Meridian took a brief 7-6 lead in the game in the top of the sixth, after entering the inning trailing 6-4.
Dillon Miles started the three-run rally with a single to right field, and Brown and Taylor Carmichael each followed with singles to center to load the bases.
Alex Nicholson reached base on an error to score Miles, and Cody Anderson drove in two runs with a single to left. Vicksburg tallied two runs on two hits, a walk and an error to close the game in the bottom of the sixth.
Clark, Brown and Carmichael each had two hits for Meridian in the loss to Vicksburg.
On Saturday night, Meridian pounded Olive Branch 23-10 for a victory.
McMullan recorded the win, and Matt Miller picked up the save for Meridian.
Lane went 3-for-5 with a double, and McMullan and Brown each went 2-for-4 with doubles. Colby Sims went 3-for-5 for Meridian.

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