Nine-year-old team takes hard road to title

By By Ryan Satcher / staff writer
July 15, 2004
The Meridian nine-year-old all-stars didn't take the easy road but reached their final destination in the state tournament in Gulfport this past weekend.
Meridian beat Jackson 18-8 on Sunday and then finished off Jackson 10-6 on Monday night to claim the state championship.
Meridian opened the tournament with a 13-2 win over Orange Grove. Blake Key, Tyler Germany and Cody Andress combined to no-hit Orange Grove in the victory.
Peyt Mosley had two hits for Meridian, and Germany and Dylan Rivers each had a double.
Meridian then blew away Florence 17-1. Germany and Mosley had two hits while Rivers had three.
After getting run-ruled by Jackson in their third game, Meridian knocked off Gulfport and then blew past Jackson twice to take home the state championship.
Several players from Meridian received major awards for their play in the tournament.
Mosley was named the offensive player of the tournament, and Rivers was named defensive player of the tournament.
Andress was named as the Most Valuable Player of the state tournament.
Meridian will now play in the regional tournament in Denham Springs, La. The tournament will begin July 23.
In the state tournament, Meridian depended on strong hitting to take home the championship.
According to Mosley, the players enjoyed their first trip to the state tournament and are looking forward to the regional tournament.
Meridian will travel to the tournament to compete with 25-30 other teams for the regional championship. Because of the large number of teams, the tournament will use pool play.
Players for the team include Cody Andress, Conner Bancroft, Andrew Black, Jesse Byrd, Lyle Daugherty, Chase Davis, Tyler Germany, Blake Key, Chris Mallette, Peyt Mosley, Dylan Rivers, Zach Waddell and Bradley Wedgeworth. The team is coached by Mitch Mosley, Scott Bancroft, Glynn Wedgeworth and Richard Davis.

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