Just as Mississippi State made an improbable run in the College World Series to capture their first ever National Championship in their school’s history, the team from Meridian, Mississippi is looking to do the same thing at this year’s Cal Ripken World Series in Branson, Missouri.
Elton Reed, manager for the team and a Mississippi State alumnus, described the victory as a big deal for him and his team. “Most of our team are [Mississippi] State fans so we’ve been rooting for them for a long time, so it was a big motivating factor for us when they won,” Reed said.
Despite not being able to compete in the tournament last year due to Covid-19, Reed feels that this team will have a good shot at going far in the tournament. They have some big power hitters on their team like Jake Lee and Sullivan Reed, who came in third at the Home Run Derby in 2019.
This group has been together since they were six years old and have been competing in Cal Ripken since they were nine years old. While there has been some turnover due to Covid-19, Reed feels confident in the team that he has and believes that they will make a big splash once they get to Branson.