Thursday, August 3, 2006
• North Half State Champs
The 2006 Holly Springs/Marshall County Dizzy Dean all-stars fast pitch 14 and under softball team had a very successful season this summer.
They started out by winning the Preseason Tournament held in Holly Springs and then went through the regular season undefeated. The team also placed first in the Postseason Tournament held in Potts Camp.
Early in the season, the team played in a tournament in Millington, Tenn., but didn’t fare well with a record of 1-2-1.
After the regular season ended with Holly Springs in first place, the all-star team was chosen. Three girls were selected from the two Byhalia teams to help make up the county all-star team.
Their first appearance all together as the Marshall County Thunder team was in the Hernando Warm-Up Tournament. They breezed through the whole tournament and captured the first-place trophy there.
The next tournament was the North Half State Tournament, and the team did not let up.
They started out by defeating Batesville 11-3. The next game was against Southaven which was the defending state and world series champion. Marshall County won 11-1. The next team the Thunder faced was the very strong team from Saltillo. They defeated Saltillo 8-7 in a barn-burning game, putting Saltillo in the losers’ bracket and the Marshall County Thunder in the championship game.
Saltillo won its way back into the championship to face the awesome pitching, defense and red hot bats from Marshall County. The Thunder did not back down from the strong Saltillo team. After playing a perfect game with no errors, the Marshall County Thunder won 10-0 to become the state champs.
The next big step was the World Series with Marshall County being one of the top three teams there. The team knew from the beginning that it could not be an easy tournament. The Thunder started the Series by defeating Hernando 14-5. Next the Marshall County team faced Pontotoc, the South Half state champs, and lost 9-2, putting the Thunder in the losers’ bracket.
Once again Marshall County faced Hernando and won 7-1, and then faced Saltillo again in their final again, losing 12-5.
Saltillo and Pontotoc went head-to-head in the championship game. Pontotoc took the championship trophy home.
The Marshall County coaches said the success the team had was from heart and determination by not letting themselves get down, on or off the field.
In the last three tournaments, the Marshall County Thunder outscored their opponents 116-50 and had a season record of 25-4-1.
The team would like to thank Emma Elgin, Hannah Boatwright, Katie Paylor and Claire Liddy, who were on the regular season team. Also the Thunder would like to thank Lisa Shaw, Dianene Fant, Gina Paylor, Carlton Gibson, Tim Alexander, Barry Burk, Barbara Alexander, Susan Rodgers, Marshall Academy and the City of Holly Springs, for providing these girls with a place to play softball.
A special thanks goes to the sponsors – Moscow Tool and Fabrication, Steven and Cathy Elgin, Peggy Shaw, Hillcrest Homes, Century 21, Cobb Sign Co., Attiduz Screen Printing, Farese, Farese and Farese, P.A., Don and Sandy Buford and Sen. Ralph Doxey.
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