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Russell Hedges
rhedges@bossierpress.com

Twenty-four teams from 10 states across the Southeast and Texas will converge on Tinsley Park Saturday for the Dixie Baseball Boys and Junior Boys World Series tournaments.
The tournaments are expected to attract more than 1,000 people from out of town to Bossier City when you consider players and their families, coaches and league officials.
The Opening Ceremonies begin at 4:30 Friday with the arrival of the teams at the CenturyLink Center. Parents arrive at 6:30 and the program itself starts at 7.
The double-elimination tournaments run through Wednesday, Aug. 6.
Dixie Boys is a 14-year-old division. Dixie Junior Boys is a 13-year-old division.
As the host, Bossier City automatically qualified a team in each division.
The other teams qualified by winning their respective state championships.
The Louisiana champions are from Monroe (Boys) and Jefferson Parish (Junior Boys). The Bossier teams did not participate in the state tournaments.
Bossier City faces Center, Texas, in the Boys division and Lewis County, Tenn., in the Junior Boys division in first-round games Saturday. Both start at 7 p.m.
Other teams in the Boys division are Dallas, N.C., Hilton Head, S.C., Dyersburg, Tenn., Spring Hill, Fla., Hattiesburg, Miss., Troup County, Ga., Spanish Fort, Ala., and Sevier County, Ark.
Other teams in the Junior Boys division are Dothan, Ala., Sumter, S.C., Halifax County, Va., Pittsburg, Texas, Purvis, Miss., Columbus County, N.C., West Georgia, Searcy, Ark., and West Volusia, Fla.
Hattiesburg won both the Boys and Junior Boys World Series titles last year.
Bossier City won three games in the Junior Boys tournament. Its only losses were to Hattiesburg.
After losing in the first round of the Boys tournament, Bossier City won two games in the losers’ bracket before being eliminated by Columbia County, Ga.

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The Bossier All-Stars won the Little League 9-10 baseball state tournament with an 8-3 victory over Alexandria Wednesday night in River Ridge.

Bossier went 4-0 in the double-elimination tournament.

Members of the state championship team are Gray Walters, Cade Stewart, Harrison Waxley, Carson Carey, Dylan Procell, Coleman Stafford, Hayden Smith, Cade Campbell, Coleman Beeson and Brandon Staton.

The state championship is the third this summer for the Bossier Little League organization.

Waxley had a three-run homer in the title game. Walters, Stewart and Staton all had hits. Cade Campbell had an RBI.

Walters, Stewart, Waxley, Stafford, Smith and Staton scored runs.

Beeson allowed just two hits and struck out seven in four innings. Campbell allowed just one hit in two innings of work.

Bossier defeated Alexandria 4-2 earlier in the tournament. Bossier also defeated Mid-City 14-12 and Monroe 9-4.

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The Bossier All-Stars won the Little League (11-12) Softball Southwest Regional with a 7-0 victory over defending champion Texas West Wednesday in Waco, Texas.

Bossier advances to the Little League Softball World Series Aug. 7-13 in Portland, Ore.

Bossier went 4-0 in the regional. Its closest game was a 10-6 victory over Texas West in the winners’ bracket semifinals Tuesday. Even though Bossier hadn’t lost in the tournament, Wednesday’s game was a winner-take-all contest.

Madison Ennis went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI in Wednesday’s victory. Caroline Easom also went 2-for-3. Kourtnee White had a triple and an RBI. Brooklyn Brandon had a single and an RBI. Lexi Gray and Mackenzie Chaffin had singles.

Raelin Chaffin went the distance on the mound, scattering seven hits and striking out four with no walks.

Ennis, Easom and White are students at Greenacres Middle School. Makenzie Chaffin, Raelin Chaffin and Gray are students at Benton Middle. Brandon is a student at Cope.

All of the players contributed to Bossier’s run to the state and regional championships. The other team members are Reagan Jorstad (Cope), Jessie Baffuto (Greenacres), Reagan Thompson (Evangel), Em Murray (Southfield) and Hannah Borah (Haughton).

– Russell Hedges, rhedges@bossierpress.com

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The Bossier All-Stars finished runner-up in the Dixie 11-12 O-Zone state baseball tournament Tuesday at the Lawson Bo Brandon Sports Complex in Princeton.

Pineville won the championship with a 10-2 victory. Pineville also handed Bossier its other loss in the double-elimination tournament.

Xavier Murphy had a two-run homer for Bossier. Trace Vorachek and Mickey Parks had singles.

Other members of state runner-up team include are Collier Cloinger, Parker Stevens, CJ McMahon, Brian Roberson, Josh Stoll, Hunter Whiteside, Cole Collins, Lucas McKain and Grayson Mims. Liam Rogers played on Bossier District IV championship team.

– Russell Hedges, rhedges@bossierpress.com

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The Bossier All-Stars moved within one win of a berth in the Little League Softball World Series with a 10-6 victory over defending champion Texas West in the Southwest Regional Tuesday in Waco, Texas.

Bossier, the only undefeated team left in the six-team tournament, plays Texas West Wednesday at 11 a.m. Even though Bossier hasn’t lost in the tournament, the game is a winner-take-all contest.

Bossier trailed 4-2 after four innings before erupting for seven runs in the top of the fifth to take control.

Mackenzie Chaffin, Caroline Easom and Madison Ennis led off the inning with singles to cut the Texas West lead to 4-3. Brooklyn Brandon then smacked a two-run triple to center field to give Bossier a 5-4 lead.

Reagan Jorstad walked and Lexi Gray reached on an error. Brandon scored to make it 6-4. Gray advanced to second and Jorstad to third. Hannah Borah loaded the bases with a bunt single. Kourtnee White’s sacrifice fly made it 7-4. Gray scored on an error and Makenzie Chaffin singled, scoring Borah with the final run of the inning.

Bossier added another run in the sixth on Jessie Baffuto’s single to make it 10-4. Texas West rallied a bit with two runs in the bottom of the inning, but Raelin Chaffin got a ground out to end the game.

The game had a lot of offense. Bossier had 14 hits and Texas West had 13.

Brandon went 3-for-4 with three RBIs. Makenzie Chaffin and Gray also had three hits each. Ennis went 2-for-3. Easom, Baffuto and Borah all had singles.

Raelin Chaffin went the distance on the mound. She had no walks and struck out five.

– Russell Hedges, rhedges@bossierpress.com

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Bossier High has hired Joanna Crowson as head softball coach, according to principal David Thrash.

Joanna Crowson-Graduate Assistant Softball CoachCrowson was the head coach at Beaumont (Texas) West Brook High from 2005-2007. She served as an assistant coach at Parkway in the 2007-2008 school year and at Southwood from 2008-2012.

She was also a volunteer assistant to Mark Montgomery when he was the head coach at Centenary College in 2009-10 and at Louisiana Tech last year. Crowson taught chemistry and physical science at Jonesboro-Hodge High School the last school year.

“She is a great hire for our program,” Thrash said.

Crowson is a graduate of Louisiana College.

At West Brook, Crowson took over a team that had three coaches in the previous three seasons. She had to rebuild the school’s softball field after it was destroyed by hurricanes. She led the team to its first district championship in four years and a No. 6 state ranking in Texas Class 5A.

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The Benton Nationals All-Stars won the 7-8 Coach Pitch Region III World Series title Monday in Longview, Texas.

Members of the championship team are Andrew Wainscott, Cody Wilhite, Bryson Pierce, Gavin Jacobs, Colton Lasiter, Ryan Liles, Cason Toms, Hudson Brignac, JT Howard, Parker Fulghum, Peyton Fulghum and Zachary Ross.

Benton defeated Hudson, Texas, 14-11 in the championship game after winning a semifinal game earlier Monday.

Benton finished 7-0 in the tournament and outscored their opponents 77-19 in five pool play games.

The Benton Nationals Coach Pitch team is the first 7-8 year-old team in the Benton Dixie organization to make it past district tournament play.

Coaches are Larry Ross, Bryan Pierce, John Howard and Jake Jacobs.

Courtesy Photo/ The Benton Nationals All-Stars pose for a team photo after winning the Dixie 7-8 Coach Pitch Region III World Series title Monday in Longview, Texas.

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The Benton Nationals All-Stars pose for a team photo after winning the Dixie 7-8 Coach Pitch Region III World Series title Monday in Longview, Texas.

– Russell Hedges, rhedges@bossierpress.com

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The Bossier All-Stars won the Dixie 9 AAA Region III World Series title with a 4-3 victory over Hudson, Texas, Monday in Longview, Texas.

Bossier rallied for the victory, scoring three runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. The game went five.

Zach Schoenborn had a two-run homer to tie the game. His homer scored Barrett Newman, who led off the fourth with a walk.

Conner Stevens scored what proved to be the winning run. He walked, advanced to second on Chase Rambin’s walk, reached third on a passed ball and scored on an error.

Noah McWilliams scored Bossier’s other run in the third inning. He singled, advanced to second on an error, reached third on Gibson Harvill’s grounder and scored on a passed ball.

Eli Harper also had a double for Bossier in the game. Rambin pitched a complete game with six strikeouts.

Bossier reached the championship game with a 15-6 victory over Laurel, Miss., earlier Monday, avenging its only loss in the tournament. Bossier rallied from a 6-3 deficit with 12 runs in the fourth inning.

Kenner Lauterbach went 3-for-3 with two doubles and two RBIs. Wesley Gardner went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs. Rambin had a triple and three RBIs. Newman had a triple and an RBI.

Harper singled, walked twice and drove in two runs. Gardner pitched a three-hitter with six strikeouts.

Bossier finished 5-1 in the tournament. Other team members who contributed to the title were Clayton Brandon, Riley Sitter and Collin Wiggins.

– Russell Hedges, rhedges@bossierpress.com

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The Benton All-Stars advanced to the semifinals of the Dixie Coach Pitch Region III World Series Sunday in Longview, Texas.

Benton plays its semifinal game Monday at 9 a.m. The championship game is scheduled for 1 p.m.

Benton is 5-0 in the tournament and has outscored its opponents 77-19.

The Benton Nationals Coach Pitch team is the first 7-8 year-old team in the Benton Dixie organization to make it past district tournament play.

Members of the team are Andrew Wainscott, Cody Wilhite, Bryson Pierce, Gavin Jacobs, Colton Lasiter, Ryan Liles, Cason Toms, Hudson Brignac, JT Howard, Parker Fulghum, Peyton Fulghum and Zachary Ross.

Coaches are Larry Ross, Bryan Pierce, John Howard and Jake Jacobs.

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The Bossier All-Stars posted another impressive win in the Little League Softball (11-12) Southwest Regional Sunday night in Waco, Texas, defeating Rawlings of Pueblo, Colo., 11-0 in five innings.
Bossier is now 2-0 in the double-elimination tournament and has given up just one hit and one run.
Bossier doesn’t play again until Tuesday.
Caroline Easom and Raelin Chaffin combined on a one-hitter with eight strikeouts against Colorado.
Kourtnee White went 4-for-4 with an RBI. Brooklyn Brandon went 2-for-4 with an RBI.
Makenzie Chaffin and Easom had one double each. Madison Ennis, Raelin Chaffin and Reagan Thompson all had singles. Reagan Jorstad walked three times.
Bossier scored in all five innings.

– Russell Hedges, rhedges@bossierpress.com