T.M. Jennings eliminated from state

Published 12:25 am Sunday, July 29, 2012

D’IBERVILLE — The T.M. Jennings 11- and 12-year-old All-Stars played better offensively in Game 2 of their best-of-three series against D’Iberville Saturday morning than they did in their Game 1 loss Friday night.

Unfortunately, a host of miscues in the infield and outfield proved to be costly, as D’Iberville pulled away from the T.M. Jennings 11s and 12s for a 20-8 win and a sweep at the Little League State Tournament.

“A lot of errors. Don’t know what happened. I don’t know what went wrong,” 11s and 12s coach Ernest Woods Sr. said. “We were playing for a state championship and a chance to be on TV on a national level in the Little League World Series, and they didn’t rise to the occasion.

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“We misplayed a couple (of ground balls). We dropped a couple of fly outs that were right in the glove.”

And even though the 11s and 12s scored eight runs in the loss, coach Woods felt like his team could have scored even more runs to put the pressure on D’Iberville.

“We got going in spurts. We got a few questionable calls that threw us out of sync,” Woods said. “They walked in two runs and walked the bases loaded. We just couldn’t capitalize on it.”

Shovake Herrington led the T.M. Jennings 11-12 All-Stars at the plate by going 3-for-4 with a double, a triple and a run scored. He was also the losing pitcher. Jakarri Caston was 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored. Chris Scott went 3-for-4 with a double and run scored and Ernest Woods Jr. was 2-for-4 with a run scored.

Biloxi 13,

T.M. Jennings 9s & 10s All-Stars 3

D’IBERVILLE — The T.M. Jennings 9- and 10-year-old All-Stars also saw their season come to an end Saturday morning, as they were swept by Biloxi in their best-of-three series at the Little League State Tournament.

The game lasted four innings as Biloxi managed to win via the 10-run-after-four-innings rule. Still, T.M. Jennings 9s and 10s head coach Cedric Green saw a few positive things from his players.

“I was very pleased with the way they played. We were a little more focused. We were a little more hyped up, but they just outplayed us today,” coach Green said. “We got out on a couple of errors that could’ve prevented. Other than that, we played a good game.”

Cedric Green, the son of the head coach by the same name, was 1-for-2 with a single and Jordan Caston went 1-for-2 with a double. Rico Carr was the losing pitcher.