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Local roundup: Diamondgirls' run ends at slow-pitch World Series

By Staff
from staff reports
July 26, 2004
The Newton County Diamondgirls 10-under slow-pitch softball team ended its season on top of the USSSA rankings.
The Diamondgirls, who finished tied for fifth at USSSA World Series in Lafayette, La., earned the No. 1 ranking in the nation for their performance at the tournament.
Newton County went 5-2 at the tournament, losing its final game in double-elimination play to the eventual champion Arkansas Heartbreakers.
The Diamondgirls fell 13-4 to the Heartbreakers, with Emily Davis and C.C. Lawn each going 2-for-4 in the loss on Sunday.
Newton County ripped off three straight wins before bowing out of the tournament.
The Diamondgirls tallied a 7-3 win over the Jackson Margo Cargos on Saturday.
Casey Cherry, Katie Vance, Shelby Bishop and Tori Holson each went 3-for-4 for Newton County in the win over Margo Cargos.
On Saturday morning, the Diamondgirls blew past the Seminole (Okla.) Tornadoes 17-7, and on Friday night, they scored a 26-4 win over the Louisiana Hurricanes.
Newton County's first loss in the tournament came on Friday morning at the hands of the Arkansas Bears. The Bears won 6-3.
Holson went 4-for-4 for the Diamondgirls, and Sarah Harris went 3-for-3. Davis went 3-for-4 in the loss.
Tony Krausz
BASEBALL
9-year-olds
The Meridian 9-year-old All-Stars have jumped out to a 2-0 start in the Cal Ripken Regional Tournament in Arkansas.
Meridian toppled Jonesboro (Ark.) 14-6 on Saturday before routing El Dorado 15-2.
Against Jonesboro, Chase Davis led Meridian with a 3-for-3 day at the plate, including two triples. Blake Key and Tyler Germany each had two singles.
Lyle Daugherty pitched a no-hitter for Meridian against El Dorado.
Will Bardwell
11-year-olds
The West Lauderdale 11-year-old All-Stars await Iuka tonight after winning their first two games in the Dixie Youth Baseball state tournament in Pascagoula.
West Lauderdale pounded McComb 8-2 on Saturday and squeaked past East Central 2-1 on Sunday.
In their tournament opener against McComb, Smokey Ethridge struck out 13 batters and allowed just five hits to pick up the win. Ethridge also added a double from the plate.
On Sunday, Gary Thomas yielded three hits against East Central. Eli Alexander provided the difference-making two-run homer for West Lauderdale, while Ethridge hit a double for the second game in a row. Manuel Grenados and Alex Bell each collected a single.
West Lauderdale's game against Iuka is scheduled for 8 p.m.
Will Bardwell
12-year-olds
The Meridian 12-year-old Cal Ripken All-Star team ripped off two wins on Sunday in the Southwest Regional at Lake Village, Ark.
Meridian is one of six teams still playing in the tournament, and the team will take on the U.S. Virgin Islands at 5 p.m. today.
Meridian defeated Hugo (Okla.) 6-5 in seven innings on Sunday morning, and the team knocked off Lake Shore (La.) 2-1 in a night game.
Michael Sterling, Joey Lawn and LaColtan Jackson combined for the pitching victory against Hugo. Lawn hit a double and single, and Michael Sterling notched two singles in the win over the Oklahoma team.
Haggard picked up the complete-game, six-inning victory over Lake Shore for Meridian in the second game of the day on Sunday.
Caleb Melton hit a double for Meridian in the win, and Sterling and Andrew Blaine each had singles.
Meridian fell in its first game of the regional to Springdale (Ark.) 6-3.
Lawn hit a two-run home run for Meridian, and Jackson notched a solo homer and two singles in the loss.
Tony Krausz
13-year-olds
The Meridian 13-year-old Babe Ruth All-Stars were eliminated from the regional tournament in Monticello, Ark., on Sunday.
Meridian fell 14-0 to Louisiana in a morning game, and it was eliminated with a 5-4 loss to Little Rock (Ark.) in a night contest.
Meridian was no-hit in the loss to Louisiana.
Rusty McAlister and Dustin McWilliams each had two hits to lead Meridian's offense against Little Rock. McAlister drove in two runs.
Darren Farmer and Andy Miller each had RBI singles for Meridian in the elimination game, while Brock Hughes added a hit.
Tony Krausz

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