AA All-Stars head to state

Cody Abercrombie

First baseman Cody Abercrombie gets ready

Published: Friday, June 27, 2014 at 12:04 PM.

After dominating the District 4 All-Star Tournament two weeks ago at D. W. Wilson Field in Apalachicola, the Franklin County AA All-Stars are headed to Marianna to take on the best throughout the state.

Coach Andy Pace and assistants William Chipman, Travis Bentley and Ricky Abercrombie have shepherded a crew of 7 and 8 year olds boys, and girl, to the state.

The All-Stars dominated the June 13-16 district tournament in Apalachicola, by winning all three of the games. In AA, teams use a pitching machine, with the coach feeding the baseball into the machine, which hurls it at a speed of 40 miles per hour, directly into the strike zone.

“The speed is constant for every game,” said Pace. “You can’t change that.

“The official blesses the readjustment of the machine,” he said. “If there’s a flaw in the machine, or if something is not set just right, there could be problems.”

While they are not machines, but young people, the Franklin County team was set just right at the district tourney.

In their first game Saturday, June 14, the Franklin County All-Stars won 19-4 over Port St. Joe, and then in their second game won 21-2 over Wewahitchka. In the championship game Monday, June 16, the All-Stars again defeated Port St. Joe, this time 16-10, although it was their most lackluster performance of the tourney..

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