Shelby County team going to World Series

The Shelby County 14-and-under all-star team finished second in the Dizzy Dean state tournament July 15 in Hanceville, which earned the all-stars a trip to the national 14-and-under all-star tournament in Southaven, Miss. Team members include (Kneeling, L-R) Zeke Robinson, Spencer Dill and Cody Venable; (Middle, L-R) Jeremiah Pennington, Tyler Carter, Tim Warren, Nick Lowery, Coleman Beasley, Tanner Carter and Kyle Cofer; (Back, L-R) Coach Chuck Cofer, Hunter Horton, Will Prosser, Cody Jones, David Watkins and Wesley Walton. (Contributed)

By WESLEY HALLMAN / Sports Editor

The Shelby County 14-and-under all-star team finished second in the Dizzy Dean state tournament July 15 in Hanceville, which earned the all-stars a trip to the national 14-and-under all-star tournament in Southaven, Miss.

In addition to the second-place trophy, the Shelby County all-stars were also awarded the sportsmanship trophy, which was voted on by coaches of all 12 teams.

Team members include Kyle Cofer, Tim Warren, Hunter Horton, Tanner Carter, Tyler Carter, Cody Jones, Jeremiah Pennington, Wesley Walton, Spencer Dill, Zeke Robinson, David Watkins, Will Prosser, Cody Venable, Nick Lowery and Coleman Beasley.
Coaches are: Chuck Cofer, Casey Crumpton and Dave Cofer.

“The parents of our players were very proud that they earned this trophy,” said Shelby County coach Chuck Cofer.

The all-star team is raising funds ahead of the Dizzy Dean World Series, which will begin July 22. The team held a car wash July 16 at First United Security bank to raise funds. The all-stars washed all kinds of vehicles, including a Freightliner, a Kenworth and the truck from the funeral home.

For information on how to help the team, contact Angie Lucas at 337-5441.

The Shelby County all-stars finished with a 4-2 record in the state tournament. The Shelby County all-stars fell to Limestone County in extra innings in the championship game.

The Shelby County all-stars defeated defending 14-and-under state champion Nectar 3-2 in the tournament’s opening game July 8. Hunter Horton earned the win in a pitching duel after striking out 11 batters and giving up only two runs in a complete game.

Nick Lowery had a triple in the sixth inning to plate Tanner Carter and Spencer Dill for the game-tying runs. Kyle Cofer had a triple in the bottom of the seventh inning before scoring the game-winning run on a sacrifice fly by Tim Warren.

Shelby County defeated Cullman 15-1 in its second game July 9. Cody Jones, David Watkins and Wesley Walton each took the mound and combined to allow only one run in the game.

The Shelby County all-stars defeated Birmingham’s P.A.T. in their third game July 12. Jones allowed only five runs with 11 strikeouts in a complete game.

Horton had a single and a double and scored three runs. Jones finished with two doubles. Walton had an RBI single in the seventh inning.

Following its first loss of the tournament July 14 to Limestone County, Shelby County bounced back to defeat Huffman 12-1 that night behind the pitching of Jones and Watkins. Cofer led Shelby County with two doubles and a single, while Will Prosser finished 3-for-3 with a triple, a double and a single.