The Jefferson 13-year-old baseball all-stars caught fire after an opening-day loss in the Dizzy Dean World Series, but it wasn’t enough to propel them to the losers’ bracket finals.
The team, also known as the “Dragons,” lost its opener to Pinella Park (Fla.) 12-5 Friday, but rallied in the losers’ bracket with victories over Jackson County 11-0 (Saturday), West Cobb 10-4 (Sunday) and Pontotoc, Miss. 6-5 (Monday) before its season ended Monday with a 14-4 loss to New Orleans East at Lamar Murphy Park.
Jefferson won the 13-year-old district title earlier this summer and finished second at state to advance to the world series.
Alex Gaba pitches during Jefferson's game with Pinella Park.
Meanwhile, the Jackson County 13-year-old all-stars exited Dizzy Dean World Series tournament play after three games, losing to Dayton, Tenn. 14-7 (Friday), Jefferson 11-0 (Saturday) and Carroll County 11-1 (Monday).
The season is also over for the Jackson County all-star team — also known as the “Legends” — which played at the district, state and world levels of Dizzy Dean all-star baseball competition.
Justin Bishop pitches last Friday in Jackson County's tournament-opener against Dayton, Tenn.
Jackson County hosted the 16-team world series tournament at its own home park, drawing teams from Georgia, Florida, Mississippi, Tennessee, Alabama and Louisiana.
Tournament action was scheduled to conclude either this morning (Wednesday) in the tournament finals or Thursday in the “if needed game.”
Pinellas Park had earned a spot in the championship contest with four victories and was awaiting the winner of the losers’ bracket.
This is the second straight year Jackson County Parks and Recreation has hosted a Dizzy Dean World Series tournament. The 11-year-old baseball world series was played at East Jackson Park last year.