Rain does not dampen tournament

By Staff
GETTING THE BALL Meridian's LaQuon Fluker, left, Jacoby Dixon and Johnerio Blakney watch Jackson's runner as they scramble for a bloop hit in the outfield in 10-year-old Dizzy Dean action. PHOTO BY PAULA MERRITT / THE MERIDIAN STAR
By Tony Krausz / assistant sports editor
June 23, 2004
NEWTON The fields at Esco Park were just as ready as the teams in the Dizzy Dean 10- and-12-year-old district baseball tournaments.
Despite heavy rain on Monday night and showers Tuesday afternoon, the two age groups hit the diamond in the six-team, double-elimination tourneys, which finishes on Friday.
Meridian and Jackson opened the 10-year-old tournament with a wild game, with Meridian emerging victorious 12-11 in six innings. The games last six innings in the district tournament.
Meridian grabbed a 1-0 lead after two innings, but the runs started coming in droves in the top of the third inning, as both teams tallied runs in the final four innings.
Jackson posted three runs to lead off the third, but Meridian answered with three runs of its own for a 4-3 advantage.
Jackson responded in the top of the fourth with two runs to take a 5-4 lead, but Meridian's Tarvoris McGlouthin scored on an errant throw to third base to tie the game at five in the bottom of the inning.
The runs kept coming for Jackson in the top of the fifth, as the team took a 7-5 lead. Meridian didn't stay down long scoring five runs in the bottom of the fifth for a 10-7 advantage.
Jackson came back again in the top of the sixth, scoring four runs for an 11-10 lead.
Meridian's Johnerio Blakney tied the game with an RBI single, and Blakney crossed the plate for the winning run off LaQuon Fluker's hit over Jackson's right fielder's head.
Blakney and Fluker each had two singles for Meridian, and Eric Sims had a single in the win. Dillon Jacques had two singles for Jackson.
Meridian meets Pearl in a winners' bracket game at 5:30 p.m. today. Jackson will take on Winston County in an elimination game at 3:30 p.m. today.
In other games in the 10-year-old division, Pearl defeated Winston County 3-2 in seven innings, and Newton County picked up a 14-4 win in four innings over Jones County.
12-YEAR-OLDS
After battling back throughout its first round game, Meridian fell to Oak Grove 6-5 on a miscue in the fifth inning.
Oak Grove scored its game-winning run in the bottom of the fifth when Meridian's pitcher was called for a balk with the score tied at five. Meridian failed to score in the top of the sixth.
Oak Grove took a 2-0 lead after the first inning, but Meridian tallied four runs in the top of the third for a two-run advantage.
Oak Grove responded with two runs of its own in the bottom of the third to tie the game at four, and it claimed a 5-4 lead with one run in the bottom of the fourth.
Meridian continued to battle back tying the game at five in the top of the fifth, but it couldn't keep Oak Grove off the scoreboard in the bottom of the inning.
Jacobby Robinson and Jacoby Eason each had two singles for Meridian. Ketrick Wolfe hit two doubles and a single for Oak Grove, and Dillon Ball had a single in the win.
Oak Grove will meet Winston County in a winners' bracket game at 5:30 p.m. today.
In other games in the 12-year-old division, Jones County defeated Northwest Rankin 8-5, and Winston County picked up a 17-16 win over Newton County.

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