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June 25, 2014

Four Tift squads compete in GRPA tournaments

TIFTON —  It has been a busy week for local young athletes. Four Tift County softball and baseball teams have been participating in individual state tournaments in Moultrie and Thomasville and one came home with an overall championship.

The junior all-star baseball team, competing at Moultrie’s Jim Buck Goff Recreation Complex, took their title Tuesday with an 11-10 win against Grady County. It was double revenge for the team, as Grady had defeated them earlier in the tournament before Tift picked up a pair of wins.

After winning their first game, 11-3, against Thomasville, Grady won, 10-3, to send them to the loser's bracket. Having to face Thomasville again, Tifton again took the victory, 3-2. Patrick Reed pitched six innings and struck out 17 in the game. Michael Harvin earned the save. That set up a rematch with Grady, with Tift out-slugging them, 16-13.

The juniors are next set to play at Brunswick in the state tournament July 9. Tift's first game is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.

Also competing in Moultrie were the 10- and 12-and-under fastpitch softball teams. They won their first game against Grady County, 13-9, before being defeated by Colquitt County Black, 15-0. Crisp County eliminated them Tuesday, 8-7.

The 12-and-under girls lost their first game, 15-0, to Colquitt. They were eliminated Monday by Grady County, 12-2.

Tift's 10-and-under baseball squad, playing in Thomasville, lost their first contest to Sumter County, 8-5. Later, they defeated Mitchell County, 16-4.

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