County ri­vals to­gether at NEMCABB All-Star

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Last Satur­day was a big day for Web­ster County base­ball in the North­east Mis­sis­sippi Coaches As­so­ci­a­tion for Bet­ter Base­ball All­Star game in Corinth.

Class 2A, Re­gion 2 was rep­re­sented well with Cal­houn City and Bruce put­ting three play­ers to­tal on the West team, but the Web­ster County crew took over.

Eupora had pitcher Tan­ner Knight and out­fielder Al Du­mas on the squad, East Web­ster had catch­ers J.T. Slay and Dal­ton Per­ri­gin and pitcher Walker John­son to go along with coaches Wes John­son and Jor­dan Smith in the dugout.

It all gave way to a 5-0 shutout win for the team with Knight be­ing cho­sen the NEMCABB 2A Player of the Year and Walker John­son be­ing rec­og­nized as the De­fen­sive MVP of the game after his per­for­mance.

“We pitched a three-hit shutout with Walker and Tan­ner do­ing the bulk of the work and won 5-0,” coach John­son said. “Walker threw two in­nings, strik­ing out four with one hit. Tan­ner gave up one hit and didn’t al­low a run so it was a great game by those two guys.”

It was Knight’s sec­ond All-Star game in less than two weeks and he made the most of it yet again. Be­fore he threw two shutout in­nings with three strike­outs on Satur­day, Knight was the MVP of his team in the NEMCABB foot­ball All-Star game.

It was there where Knight threw two touch­downs and ran for an­other in what would ul­ti­mately be his fi­nal game on the grid­iron. He just wanted to be able to leave ev­ery­thing on the field in both games know­ing those would be his fi­nal times to play high school sports.

“I went into the foot­ball game not know­ing if I would play or not, but I played pretty good,” Knight said. “It was pretty spe­cial to have that kind of ex­pe­ri­ence. In the base­ball game, I didn’t know I was start­ing un­til coach John­son threw me the ball. He told me to go in there and get things rolling and I did.”

Knight got a chance to throw to East Web­ster catch­ers as Per­ri­gin and

sea­son with­out the re­ward of the post­sea­son, the Bull­dogs were talk­ing on Mon­day about play­ing at

the Tal­la­has­see Re­gional as a No. 2 seed. It’s a tough field with Florida State, Ok­la­homa and Sam­ford, but as I wrote in Tues­day’s Starkville Daily News, it’s not wise to count out MSU.

The Bull­dogs won’t Hen­der­son won’t al­low it.

It looks like MSU is close to hir­ing a per­ma­nent head coach and Hen­der­son’s fu­ture at the school is not clear.

quit.

What­ever Hen­der­son ends up do­ing, there is no doubt that the place he ends up is go­ing to get an ex­cel­lent coach.

Any pro­gram will ben­e­fit from his teach­ing and lead­er­ship.

Danny P. Smith is the sports editor and colum­nist for The Starkville Daily News. The opin­ions in this col­umn are his and do not nec­es­sar­ily re­flect the views of the SDN or its staff.

(Sub­mit­ted photo)

These are the mem­bers of Class 2A, Re­gion 2 that made the North­east Mis­sis­sippi Coaches As­so­ci­a­tion for Bet­ter Base­ball All-Star ros­ter. The play­ers in the Starkville Daily News cov­er­age are are Dal­ton Per­ri­gin of East Web­ster, standing left, Tan­ner...

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