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Updated: 07/18/2013 08:00:42AM

DeSoto comes up short, finish fifth in the state

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ARCADIAN PHOTOS BY STEVE KNAPP, sbigdaddyknapp@aol.com

Braden Steele holds the home run ball he hit in the sixth inning to draw the Bulldogs to within a run at 4-3. When asked if he knew it was out when he hit it, Steele replied, “Yes sir.”

ARCADIAN PHOTOS BY STEVE KNAPP, sbigdaddyknapp@aol.com

Braden Steele sends this pitch (ball in upper right hand corner) over the center field fence in the sixth inning. The two-run shot wasn’t enough as the Bulldogs fell to Bushnell 4-3 in the elimination game of the Dixie Youth Baseball state tournament.

ARCADIAN PHOTOS BY STEVE KNAPP, sbigdaddyknapp@aol.com

Parker Bennett grabs his batting helmet as he prepares to come up to bat in the loss to Bushnell.

ARCADIAN PHOTOS BY STEVE KNAPP, sbigdaddyknapp@aol.com

Slugging first baseman Jacob Orr drills a shot at short in the first inning. Orr beat it out as the shortstop had trouble fielding the screamer. The Bulldogs came up short in the state tournament and lost 4-3.

ARCADIAN PHOTOS BY STEVE KNAPP, sbigdaddyknapp@aol.com

The DeSoto Bulldogs display their medals they received for finishing fifth in the state in the Dixie Youth Baseball tournament. The tournament was held at Brewer Park July 5-11. Players are front row from left:t Cameron Day, Parker Bennett, Tyler Mansfield, Steven Ames, Caleb Fillingim and Alex Muse. Back row from left: Pacyn Pickle, Michael Daniels, Braden Steele, Jacob Orr, Peyton Dodd and Casey Davis. The team was coached by Trampus Fillingim, Billy Daniels and Buddy Mansfield. Team mom was Sorrel Pickle and the manager was Dennis Day.

ARCADIAN PHOTOS BY STEVE KNAPP, sbigdaddyknapp@aol.com

Casey Davis pitched a fine game in relief, striking out eight of the 14 batters he faced. DeSoto's team came up one run short in their final game of the season, losing 4-3.

By Steve Knapp

Arcadian Sports Director

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‘Tinker to Evers to Chance” is the verse in the famous poem about the Chicago Cubs infield that used their defense to win pennants in the early 1900s. Their speciality was the double play, known as the pitcher’s best friend or sometimes referred to as “two for the price of one.”

Whatever you want to call it, the defensive maneuver was the downfall of the DeSoto Bulldogs in their quest to become state champions in the Dixie Youth Baseball tournament.

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