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State champion Bobcats receive special sendoff

SUMRALL, MS (WDAM) -

Before making a trip to the "Lone-Star State" for regional play, local and state representatives decided it best to properly send off Sumrall's 13-year old Babe Ruth League team Tuesday night.

With a large gathering of proud parents, grandparents, friends and supporters on hand, State representatives Hank Lott and Joe Warren, and Lamar County Supervisor Dale Lucus and State Senator Joey Fillingane honored the Bobcats, who captured their first ever state championship last week.

"We've had a great tradition here at Sumrall with baseball," said Lott. "To have this team come from behind, like they have in games, have to win two in a row like they did at the end, all the obstacles they had to overcome to be where they're at and represent the state of Mississippi is just amazing."

Not only did the bobcats have to take down defending state champion Long Beach last week, they had to do it in dramatic fashion. After falling in game one of the best-of-three championship series, Sumrall walked off in game two to force a game three, then overcame a three-run-to-nothing deficit in game two to take the title.

"When we got the last out in the state game, there's no greater feeling than that," said Dan Lucus, a player for the Bobcats.

An even better feeling awaits should Sumrall advance past the Texas regional. A regional championship means the Bobcats will later travel to Seattle, Washington for the Babe Ruth League World Series later in August.

The team leaves for Texas early Tuesday morning.

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