The Philadelphia 11-year-old baseball team is headed to the state tournament in Laurel this weekened. Members of the team are, bottom row from left, Coby Kemp, Jake Rudolph, Blake Hutcherson, Evan Hallford, and Logan Collins; second row from left, Kethan Anderson, Owen Hitt, Will Huffman, Jaylen Smith, Kooper Wesley, and Tristan Kaufman; third row from left, coaches Kiah Hitt, Jim Kemp, and Stephen Hutcherson
The Philadelphia 11-year-old baseball team is headed to the state tournament in Laurel this weekened. Members of the team are, bottom row from left, Coby Kemp, Jake Rudolph, Blake Hutcherson, Evan Hallford, and Logan Collins; second row from left, Kethan Anderson, Owen Hitt, Will Huffman, Jaylen Smith, Kooper Wesley, and Tristan Kaufman; third row from left, coaches Kiah Hitt, Jim Kemp, and Stephen Hutcherson
Several local youth baseball teams have won their districts and will be competing in several upcoming state tournaments.

The six-year-old Philadelphia team under coach Justin Flake made it out of district and will be playing in the state tournament in Cleveland starting Friday against the Cleveland Americans.

Members of the team are Liam Cumberland, Easton Graham, Jacob Henry, Payton Eaves, Knox Nicholson, Parker Sanderson, Jeb Flake, Johnathan Nowell, Patton Phillips, Jack Allen Leeper, Taylor Lloyd and Jaidyn Hunter.           

The Philadelphia eight-year-olds had some mighty hits over the weekend as they took victories over Kosciusko 22-8, and Yazoo City twice, 21-7 and 12-2.

Coach Shane Patterson said the team got some big hits from Britt Cumberland, Ollie Patterson and Jack Slake. The team also pitched well and played good defense. Rhett Lewis, Kylen Steele and Ethan McGowan all played well. Philadelphia will take on Lawrence County in Hattiesburg Friday night.

The Philadelphia 10-year-old team played several games to make it to the state tournament which will be in Mendenhall July 12.

In the district tournament, the 10-year olds won their first two games but then lost to Yazoo City. Philadelphia faced elimination if they didn’t come back and beat Yazoo City twice, which they did. After winning the first game 8-4, Philadelphia found themselves down 15-0. But they never gave up and came back to win 22-18.

Members of the team are Sam Huffman, Joshua Willis, Conner Dees, Cameron Webb, Addison Barrett, Garrett Cumberland, Manny Sam, Heath Shumake, Parker Prewitt, Davis Cumberland, Aidan Alex, Zathian Ben. Head coach is Nathan Cumberland, assistant coaches Justin Webb and David Huffman.

 The Philadelphia 11-year-olds have advanced to the state tournament which will be held in Laurel this week. Philadelphia defeated Yazoo City twice to advance. They play Natchez at 6 p.m. on Friday.

Members of the team are Coby Kemp, Jake Rudolph, Blake Hutcherson, Evan Hallford, and Logan Collins, Kethan Anderson, Owen Hitt, Will Huffman, Jaylen Smith, Kooper Wesley, and Tristan Kaufman. Coaches are Kiah Hitt, Jim Kemp and Stephen Hutcherson 

The Neshoba Democrat wishes all of the local all-star teams that are playing in tournaments well and invite their coaches and fans to send scores, photos and other information to steve@neshobademocrat.com