The legend of Columbia Academy slugger Slade Wilks continues to grow with the rising senior named both an Under Armour and Perfect Game All-American.
That marks him as one of the top 40 players in the nation and gives him the opportunity to play at two big league stadiums in nationally broadcast games.
For the third consecutive year, the group that makes up Columbia Dean Griner 8u captured a state title while having to fight its way out of the losers’ bracket.
Head coach Ryan Stringer said it was impressive to see the young all-stars pull it off once again.
The Columbia 7u all-stars had a brief run in the state tournament in Cleveland and were eliminated after just two games.
The 7u squad opened the tournament Friday night with a 6-3 loss to Pike County and was eliminated Saturday morning with a 6-5 loss to Natchez.
The Columbia 9u all-stars won perhaps the most memorable game of the weekend in an extra-inning thriller Saturday morning, but they lost their other two games of the state tournament in Laurel and were eliminated Saturday night.