Headed to state

Masters City Little League's 11-year-old All Stars team won the District 6 championship last month against Baldwin County, 10-0.

They hope to continue playing well when they compete for the state championship this weekend in Griffin.

"This is a great group of kids," said Mark Yawn, the team's head coach. "They have really worked hard to get this far. ..."

As for what it's going to take to win the state title, Yawn said: "Great execution, an all around total great performance -- pitching, defense and hitting."

The team is looking forward to giving it their best shot, said player TJ Prince.

"We've been practicing really hard so we can go in and take that state championship," he said. "I'm excited because I know we can do it."

The team has to put forth the same effort it did for the district championship, said teammate Truytt Slade.

"We have to do the same thing we did in district -- don't let that many runs score and keep the runners from stealing and don't try to hit home runs, hit long drives," he said. "If you get out, just tip your hat and walk back to the dugout."

The Little League's 9- and 10-year-old All Stars team will also travel to Griffin to compete for the state title in their age group.

Other members of the 11-year-old All Stars team are: Chandler Yawn, Austin Jennings, Stephen Justice, Josh Griffin, Camden Martin, Luis Campusano, Brandon Brown, Kyle Kervin and Jaylen Watson. Mark Slade is the team's assistant coach.

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