Southwest All-Stars suffer first tourney loss

Published 5:00 am Wednesday, July 21, 2004

LAUREL —┬áRidge Bass made sure Desoto County remained the onlyundefeated team in the Dixie Pre-Majors State Tournament.

Bass tossed a six-inning, no-hitter to lead Desoto County to a10-0 victory over Southwest Mississippi here Tuesday night atLonnie J. Hosey Field.

The Southwest All-Stars are made up of players from LincolnCounty and the surrounding counties.

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In today’s games, Lumberton meets Southwest Mississippi in anelimination game at 5:30. Host Laurel-Jones County takes on DesotoCounty at 8.

The tournament ends Thursday with the winner heading to theWorld Series in Guntersville, Ala., beginning July 31.

The team from Olive Branch scored one in the first, five in thesecond, two in the fourth and 10-runned Southwest with two in thebottom of the sixth. Kyle Aldridge tripled and singled twice forthe winners, while Rickey Dodson, Alan Walker and Brandon Tayloradded doubles. Rick Russell, Blake Trusty and Zach Mays eachsingled.

Brantley Ray from Parklane was the starter and loser forSouthwest. Patrick Holcomb of Loyd Star and Blake Terrell of McCombpitched in relief.

In earlier tournament play, the SouthwestAll-Stars dumped Meridian 6-0 last Saturday. In Sunday action,Southwest rallied to put away host Laurel-Jones County 11-7.

Southwest 6, Meridian 0

In Saturday’s first game, Ray posted the win.

At the plate, Brookhaven Academy’s Paul Davis led Southwest witha triple and a pair of singles. Holcomb ripped a pair of singled.Hitting safely were catcher Tyler Williford of Loyd Star, infielderWarren Smith of Parklane, short stop Zach Watson of Brookhaven andTerrell.

Southwest 11, Laurel-Jones Co. 7

Laurel-Jones County led Southwest by three runs, 7-4, going intothe sixth inning. Southwest exploded for seven unanswered runs andheld off the hosts for the comeback win.

Collecting the win was Seth Davis of Brookhaven Academy.

Leading the batters for Southwest was Smith with three singles.Ripping a pair of singles was Holcomb. Doubling was Williford.Blake Terrell, infielder Elliott Warren of Brookhaven and Davissingled.