To the state champions, go the all-stars.
Fresh off state championships, the Southeast Lauderdale baseball team and Clarkdale softball team will be well represented the next two weekends in the state All-Star games.
Southeast, which won its first baseball state crown since 1966, placed three players in the Crossroads Diamond Club All-Star games at Trustmark Park on Saturday. Seniors Ledarious Clark, Blake McMullen and Matt Miller will represent the Tigers on the South 1A/2A/3A team. McMullen, who was named the Class 3A Player of the Year by the Mississippi Association of Coaches last week, hit .380 with 13 doubles, three triples, 27 runs and 33 RBIs for the Tigers. Clark, who is expected to be drafted in next week's MLB draft, hit a team-leading .492 with five home runs, 13 doubles, 31 RBIs, 46 runs and 29 stolen bases in earning first-team all-state recognition. And Miller, Southeast's wall behind the plate, hit .353 with two triples and six doubles.
The Southeast trio will be joined on the small-school South team by Enterprise's Maxwell Harmon. The MAC first-team all-state selection for Class 2A, Harmon hit .358 with eight doubles while also going 5-0 with 58 strikeouts in 43 innings on the mound.
The small school game begins at 6 p.m. Saturday, while the Class 4A/5A/6A game starts at 1 p.m. Quitman's Alex Lee is the lone area player chosen for that contest.
Lee, who will be coached in the All-Star game by Panthers' head man Jim Abraham, hit .282 with five doubles, a home run and scored 20 runs. He also stole seven bases in eight attempts.
MAC Softball All-Star Games
Clarkdale headlines the area selections for the softball games, which will feature junior and senior games this year, at Jones County Junior College on June 8-9. The Bulldogs, who won the Class 2A state championship, placed Abby Roberts and Lindsey Beard on the Class 1A/2A/3A South team for the seniors. Roberts, who moved from catcher to pitcher and proceeded to go 23-3 in the circle, hit .340 with three doubles and 19 RBIs. Beard hit .427 with six doubles, four triples, a home run and scored 40 runs.
Lauren Thrash, who led Clarkdale with a .448 average and two home runs, also hit nine doubles, three triples and drove in 29 runs while scoring 37, was selected to the South junior team. She will be joined there by Southeast Lauderdale's Denisha Knight, Enterprise's Hayleigh Harper and Quitman's Tori Dew. harper hit .359 with eight doubles and 13 RBIs for Enterprise, while also going 8-3 with a 2.49 ERA during an injury-plagued season. Dew blasted two home runs with six doubles and three triples to go with a .418 average and 21 RBIs for the Panthers.
Teaming with Beard and Roberts on the senior South team for the small schools will be Enterprise's Hayley Fox and Union's Hayley Stephens.
Newton County, which lost in the Class 4A state championship series, had Shelby Bishop and Emily Davis selected to the Class 4A/5A/6A South senior teams. Bishop, who has signed with Delta State, hit .425 with eight doubles, four triples, a home run and scored 40 runs for Newton County. Meanwhile Davis, the reigning Gatorade Player of the Year in Mississippi and a Gulf Coast signee, hit .479 with 10 triples, eight doubles, a home run and scored 43 runs. She also went 17-2 with a 1.47 ERA in the circle.
The juniors will play a two-game series starting at 6 p.m. June 8, while the four-game Senior series starts at 10 a.m. June 9.
To the state champions, go the all-stars.
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