Thursday, Nov 27, 2014

Senior Boys return sans hardware


The Sunshine State’s inglorious streak was extended to 32 years.

With Spring Hill’s Senior Boys (age 14) All-Stars returning home without any tournament hardware – it extended the Sunshine State’s World Series drought in this age group dating back to 1983.

Skipper Mike Rado’s Spring Hill club finished fifth overall in the five-day, 12-team tournament at Bossier City, La.

The tourney’s defending champ, Hattiesburg, Miss. (6-1), swept Wednesday night’s doubleheader from host Bossier City, 10-3 (11 innings) and 5-4, to repeat.

Spring Hill opened with momentum tattooing Monroe, La., 7-1, before being blasted by Hattiesburg on Day 2, 15-3.

In Monday’s twin bill, Spring Hill eliminated Halifax County, Va., 7-1, before blowing a 4-0 cushion in the nightcap to fall at the hands of Center, Texas, 5-4.

Rado attempted to find the silver lining following his team’s 8-3 run this summer.

“We went 2-2 in Louisiana, but I think we left too early,” admitted Rado. “We played well with the exception of the Hattiesburg game; that game kind of snowballed on us.

“Had we beaten Texas we would have had a shot at placing much higher,” Rado added. “We were up 4-0 against Texas. And then a kid hits a three-run homer to tie the game and the momentum shifted.

“They (Texas) went on to squeeze home the go-ahead run in the seventh. We left the tying run on at second,” lamented Rado.

On whether his team emptied their tanks, “We played up to our expectations. We were expecting to pitch J.P. (Gates) again. If he wasn’t the best player in the tournament, he was certainly one of the top two. With him on the hill, we felt we had a shot against anybody and that includes Hattiesburg.”

On whether his club had peaked out, “We built momentum at states and we were starting to build momentum leading 4-0 against Texas. Then it changed so quickly,” said Coach Rado.

Despite returning home sans any trophies, “It was a really good experience for the boys,” detailed Rado. “I know it was one I’ll always treasure with my son.”

As the curtains dropped, “You learn something new in baseball every time you step out there,” declared Rado. “A competition like this got our guys closer to the other teams. This summer, I got to see the good, the bad and the ugly.

“I do have one regret; I wish we would have won that last game,” insisted Rado. “I learned a lot as a coach and so did our players this summer.”

52nd Dixie Baseball Senior Boys (age 14) All-Stars World Series Results

at Bossier City, La.


Hilton Head, South Carolina 7, Dallas, North Carolina 3

Halifax County, Virginia 11, Dyersburg, Tennessee 1

Spring Hill, Florida 7, Monroe, Louisiana 1

Hattiesburg, Mississippi 5, Troup County, Georgia 4 (9)

Sevier County, Arkansas 7, Spanish Fort, Alabama 5

Bossier City, Louisiana 9, Center, Texas 2


Dallas, North Carolina 15, Dyersburg, Tennessee 0

Monroe, Louisiana 9, Troup County, Georgia 5

Center, Texas 7, Spanish Fort, Alabama 3

Bossier City, Louisiana 11, Sevier County, Arkansas 6

Hattiesburg, Mississippi 15, Spring Hill, Florida 3

Hilton Head, South Carolina 14, Halifax County, Virginia 2


Spring Hill, Florida 7, Halifax County, Virginia 1

Center, Texas 6, Monroe, Louisiana 5

Dallas, North Carolina 14, Sevier County, Arkansas 0

Hattiesburg, Mississippi 14, Hilton Head, South Carolina 4

Center, Texas 5, Spring Hill, Florida 4

Dallas, North Carolina 5, Hilton Head, South Carolina 4

Bossier City, Louisiana 13, Hattiesburg, Mississippi 8


Hattiesburg, Mississippi 9, Center, Texas 7

Bossier City, Louisiana 12, Dallas, North Carolina 8


Hattiesburg, Mississippi 10, Bossier City, Louisiana 3 (11)


Hattiesburg, Mississippi 5, Bossier City, Louisiana 4

52nd Dixie Baseball Senior Boys (age 14) All-Stars World Series Standings

- Compiled by TONY CASTRO


1. Hattiesburg, Miss. 6 1 .857 66 38

2. Bossier City, La. 4 2 .667 52 39

3. Center, Tx. 3 2 .600 27 31

3. Dallas, N.C. 3 2 .600 45 23

5. Spring Hill, Fla. 2 2 .500 21 22

5. Hilton Head, S.C. 2 2 .500 29 24

7. Halifax County, Va. 1 2 .333 14 22

7. Monroe, La. 1 2 .333 15 18

7. Sevier County, Ark. 1 2 .333 13 30

10. Spanish Fort, Ala. 0 2 .000 8 14

10. Troup County, Ga. 0 2 .000 9 14

10. Dyersburg, Tenn. 0 2 .000 1 26

TOTALS (12) 23 23 .


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