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Cotton States Baseball League

Former ‘Dores lead Rascals to win

Former Lafayette High standouts Matt and Kyle Webb collaborated with another former Commodore, Justin Smith, in a 5-3 win for the Tallahatchie Rascals over the Tupelo Thunder in Cotton States Baseball League action on Thursday night. Matt Webb and Kyle Webb each had a single in the win, with Matt Webb driving in a run. Smith had two hits and scored a run. Another former Commodore, Josh Mills, scored a run and a hit for the Thunder. (June 24, 2011, Page 6A)

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    Jets down Dealers in CSBL

    Former Lafayette Commodore Cody Gray scored a run for the Golden Triangle Jets in their 9-7 win over the Dealers on Tuesday night at the New Albany Sportsplex. Another former area player, Water Valley’s Walt McCullough, collected a single, RBI and scored a run for the Dealers. Former LHS standout Luke McCullough played center field for the Dealers. (June 15, 2011, Page 9)

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      Area players help CSBL teams earn wins

      Former area players helped lead the North Delta Dealers and the Tippah County Tribe to wins in the Cotton States Baseball League on Sunday night in New Albany.

      (more…) (June 13, 2011, Page 7)

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        Locals fare well in Cotton States

        Action in the Cotton States Baseball League got underway in New Albany over the weekend with several local players getting their season off to good starts. (June 6, 2011, Page 7)

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          Cotton States League to open season on Saturday

          The BNA Bank Cotton States Baseball League is scheduled to start their third season Saturday with a triple-header beginning at 1 p.m. Several changes are in store for the collegiate wood bat league which plays its games at Legion Field at the New Albany Sportsplex. (more…) (May 31, 2011, Page 9)

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            CSBL more about the future than the now

            NEW ALBANY — With back-to-back strikeouts looking delivered by starter Jordan Moore, the Tallahatchie Rascals held on to claim the Cotton States Baseball League championship with a 2-0 win over the North Delta Dealers Saturday.

            Players from the Rascals dugout didn’t pour onto the field, dogpile or pop a celebratory champagne bottle (in part because alcoholic beverages are prohibited from the New Albany Sportsplex’s grounds).

            Likewise, Dealers players didn’t pout, smash bats or fall to the diamond in anguish. Both teams simply shook hands and then immediately set their sights on what’s next — their respective fall and spring seasons.

            Nobody likes to lose, but the CSBL isn’t just about immediate success.

            While all the players in the wooden bat summer league would have loved to hoist the CSBL’s trophy on Saturday, what they’re really hoping for is that the hard work they put in over the hot summer months will pay off in the future. (August 2, 2010, Page 6)

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              Hervey dealing for North Delta

              Monday night’s gusty weather at the New Albany Sportsplex could be attributed to the thunderstorms that rolled in. Or it could be attributed to the amount of swings and misses that took place during the North Delta Dealers’ showdown with the Tallahatchie Rascals.

              To say Tank Hervey was dialed in on Monday night would not do his performance justice.

              Not even close.

              Of the 17 Rascals outs that the right-hander collected during the rain-suspended Cotton States Baseball League game, which was called after 5.2 innings with the Dealers ahead 3-0, 12 were strikeouts. (June 29, 2010, Page 8)

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                CSBL taking wait-and-see approach regarding expansion

                Could expansion be in the near-future for the Cotton States Baseball League?

                Partners Clark Richey, Sam Creekmore and Frank Dodds believe it’s a possibility.

                Last week the New Albany-based league announced on its website that it will play two exhibition games at Itawamba AHS Field in Fulton and New Hope High School Field in New Hope “to promote future expansion.” (June 29, 2010, Page 8)

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                  North Delta squanders lead

                  You throw the ball, you hit the ball, you field the ball. Do those three basic fundamentals of baseball correctly and you’ll give yourself a good chance to win.

                  On Sunday, the Cotton States Baseball League’s North Delta Dealers struggled in all three facets of the game, falling to the Tippah County Tribe 8-7.

                  “You better play two out of the three aspects of the game pretty good to give yourself a chance to win and we haven’t done that,” said Dealers coach Doug Robbins after his team collected just five hits while also committing two errors. (June 21, 2010, Page 7)

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                    Finding the barrel imperative for hitters

                    Hall of Famer Ted Williams was once quoted as saying, “the hardest thing to do in baseball is to hit a round baseball with a round bat, squarely.”

                    Players in the Cotton States Baseball League, a wood bat summer league based out of New Albany, are finding that out the hard way this summer.

                    Used to the enormous sweet spot on aluminum bats used in the high school and college ranks, players are having to adjust in a major way. (June 14, 2010, Page 6)

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