Local roundup: West Lauderdale remains undefeated; Meridian falls in Cal Ripken tourney

By Staff
from staff reports
July 27, 2004
West Lauderdale and Wayne County roll into today's 8 p.m. game as the only undefeated teams remaining in the Dixie Youth Baseball 11-Year-Old State Tournament being held in Pascagoula.
West Lauderdale beat Iuka 9-0 on Monday, while Wayne County beat Moss Point 5-3 on Sunday. Wayne County drew a third-round bye.
West Lauderdale 9
Iuka 0
Trey McPherson pitched a one-hit shutout on Monday night to lead the West Lauderdale 11-year-old All-Stars over Iuka 9-0.
Cory Goodman had two hits, including a double, and Eli Alexander hit a home run for West Lauderdale, which improved to 3-0 in the state tournament.
Wayne County 5
Moss Point 3
In the Sunday night win over Moss Point, WC scored three runs in the first inning and added two more runs in the second inning. MP tallied a run in the first and added two more in the fourth.
Winning pitcher Shawn Newburn pitched into the fifth inning while fanning 11 batters. Stanley Farrar came in the fifth and struck out two batters in gaining the
save. Reyn Clark's three-run home run in the first inning powered the winners. Bracie Clark and Lanier each had two hits while Trey Howard added a single for WC.
Cal Ripken 12-Year-Olds
Virginia Islands 5
Meridian 4
Meridian had a 4-1 lead and only needed three outs to close the win, but couldn't slam the door as Virgin Islands scored four runs in the top of the sixth to oust Meridian from the Southwest Regional at Lake Village, Ark.
Meridian finished sixth out of 11 teams.
Meridian put two runners on in the bottom of the sixth with one out, but Virgin Islands turned a hot smash line drive into a double play to win the game.
LaColton Jackson, in relief of Joey Lawn, pitched two hitless innings before the fateful sixth. Lawn only gave up one run in three innings of work. Michael Sterling came on to close the sixth, but not before Virgin Islands were able to plate the go ahead runs.
Michael Sterling had a double in the game for Meridian, which had four hits.
This was Sam Daniels last game to play for a Meridian All-Star team after four years. His family is moving to Augusta, Ga.

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