Brakemen finish No. 1 in Cotton State League

Published 5:00 am Monday, July 17, 2000

The Brookhaven Brakemen clinched the first-ever Cotton StateLeague title, finishing one game ahead of the Rankin CountyRednecks. Brookhaven won the league with a 23-16 record and RankinCounty was runner-up at 22-16.

The Hub City Wheels of Hattiesburg finished third at 18-17 andthe Jackson Senators were fourth at 15-18. The Clinton Bluff wassixth at 16-21 and the Raymond Cannons last at 15-22.

Brookhaven field manager Pete Young was named Coach of the Year.Coaching the Cotton State All-Star Team, which is participating inthe State Semi-pro Tournament at Hinds Community College inRaymond, is Clinton assistant coach Patrick McCarthy. Representingthe Brakemen on the all-star team are catcher Lance Newman ofBrookhaven (Troy State), shortstop Chris Dunn of Mendenhall(Southern Miss), pitcher Joseph Paul of Natchez (Southern Miss) andoutfielder Cager Garner of Mississippi State.

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Newman and Dunn were both members of the 2000 Copiah-LincolnCommunity College team which posted a 47-17 record and finishedfourth in the NJCAA Division II World Series at Millington,Tenn.

Doug Shanks, Cotton State founder and executive director, saidthe league has a bright future. He said two cities have expressedstrong interest in sponsoring new teams for the 2001 season.