Top MS. HS All-Stars Headed to Oklahoma

Twenty of Mississippi's top high school baseball players are traveling to McAlester, Oklahoma to play in the prestigious 9th annual Junior Sunbelt Classic Tournament. The team, which is called the Mississippi Stars, will be coached by New Hope High School coach Stacy Hester and his assistants, Chris Chism, Brad Haines, as well as John Wilson of Caledonia High School and Warren Central High School's Jeff Wood.

After traveling by chartered bus most of the day Thursday, the team will join the other teams at a Thursday night banquet hosted by the city of McAlester.

Other teams that will be participating in the June 10th through 15th tournament include Califonia, Texas, Arizona, Oklahoma (two teams), Georgia, Tennessee, Missouri and Canada.

Games begin Friday afternoon. First up for the Mississippi Stars is Arizona at 2 p.m. on Hartshorne Park and then the Oklahoma Gold team in the featured game at 7:45 on McAlester Field. On Saturday, the Stars will take on Texas at 11 a.m. on Hartshorne Field and then face California at 5 p.m. on McAlester Park. On Sunday, the Stars will face the Oklahoma Blue at 5 p.m. at Hartshorne Field. Monday, the Stars will face Tennessee at 9 a.m. and Canada at 2 p.m., both on McAlester Field. On Tuesday, the Stars face Georgia at 9 a.m. on McAlester Field and then take on Missouri at 7:45 on Hartshorne Field. The Metal Rounds will be played on Wednesday and all games are determined by each team's won-loss records. The Championship game will be held Wednesday at 7:45 p.m. on McAlester Field.

The Mississippi Stars placed 4th in 2004 and lost to Tennessee in the Championship in 2003.

Below is a complete roster of the players that make up the Mississippi Stars.

Tyler McMullen RHP/3B Southeast Lauderdale 2006
Taylor Walker 2B/RHP Senatobia 2006
Terrell Jenkins OF Starkville 2006
Kody Lancaster LHP/OF Lumberton 2007
Todd McInnis RHP/INF Northwest Rankin 2006
Jordan King RHP/INF Northwest Rankin 2006
Davis Horton 1B/OF Oxford 2007
Michael Lindsey LHP/OF Petal 2006
Josh Sudduth C Hillcrest Christian 2006
Timmy Foster RHP/3B Adams County Christian 2006
Garrett Harris RHP/SS New Hope 2006
Joe Abercrombie LHP/OF Lumberton 2006
Billy Beard LHP/OF New Hope 2006
Ricky Gardner RHP West Lauderdale 2007
Jason Howell LHP/OF Mooreville 2006
Paxton Pace RHP/INF West Lauderdale 2007
Shelby Robertson RHP/INF Ridgeland 2006
Cody Trotter C Itawamba AHS 2006
Justin Reed OF Hillcrest Christian 2006
Taebyus Smith OF Lawrence County 2006

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