Six area players helped District Three capture the silver medal.
Players making the 18-man roster were Morgan Mills, senior, Winona Christian; Marlo Hill, senior, Winona High School; Ryan Parkerson, senior, WHS; Andrew Wilson, senior, WHS; Zack Carter, junior, WHS; and Stefan Gant, junior, WHS. A seventh player, Evan Wood, WCS, was chosen as an alternate.
For the opportunity to play in these games, the state of Mississippi is divided into eight districts, and tryouts are held at various community colleges across the state. Upcoming high school juniors and seniors are invited to these tryouts.
For Montgomery County, located in District 3, the tryouts were held at MS Delta Community College. District Three was coached by Keith Fagan of Benton Academy and Mark Austin of Winona High School. Over 60 juniors and seniors attended the tryouts at MDCC. For the first time since Archie Manning made the team, District Three made it past the second day and for the first time ever, played in the championship game.
The format of the tournament is similar to the College World Series with four teams in each half of a double elimination bracket playing for the chance at a one game championship for the gold medal. District Three finished with a record of 3-1 in their side of the bracket against districts from North MS, the Golden Triangle, and the Pine Belt area. District Three was defeated in the Gold Medal game by the Gulf Coast district.
The performance of the Montgomery County crew opened many eyes to the talent we have here as Hill made several game saving defensive plays at second base in a one run win that sent the team to the gold medal game.
Parkerson, who made the team as a pitcher, won Game Two of the tournament with five innings of one-hit ball. Parkerson finished the game with 5 1/3 innings, four strikeouts, three hits allowed, and no earned runs.
Offensively, Gant reached base safely four times in eight plate appearances; Mills had four singles in seven at bats; Wilson was 7 for 14 with six singles and a double; and Carter was 5 for 10 with a single, two doubles, a triple, and a home run. District three was made up of players from Montgomery, Yazoo, Washington, Boliver, Grenada, and Sunflower counties.