The Bossier All-Stars have qualified for the Little League Baseball 50/70 Intermediate Southwestern Regional Tournament.
The tournament, which is one step away from the Little League Baseball 50/70 Intermediate World Series, will be held in Junction City, Colo., July 22-26.
Bossier qualified by winning the District 4 and state tournaments.
According to the website littleleague.org, the 50/70 Baseball Division was introduced in January of 2010 as a pilot program for 12- and 13-year-olds. It utilizes a 50-foot pitching distance and 70-foot base paths.
In 2013, 50/70 Intermediate became an official division of Little League Baseball for players league-age 11-13.
According to the website, it “offers a transition for players between the standard Little League field size (46-foot pitching distance and 60-foot base paths) and the Junior/Senior/Big League field size (60-foot, 6-inch pitching distance and 90-foot base paths).”
Members of the champion Bossier All-Stars are Sam Szwak, Dawson Saulters, Brodie Shankle, Dax Davis, Colby Thomas, Michael Johnson, Ty Knippers, Reece Seals, Hayden Howard, Andrew Mallory, Layne Basham, Peyton Bailiff and Joey Hayes.
Trey Saulters is the manager. Coaches are Aaron Basham and David Szwak.
Anyone who would like to help defray the cost of the team’s trip to Colorado for the regional tournament can go to the team’s Facebook page Bossier Little League All-Stars – 50/70 intermediate baseball 2016 to donate.
Elsewhere, the Bossier All-Stars won the Little League Softball 7-8 Machine Pitch District 4 championship.
Team members are Tanesciya Thomas, Kynzee Anderson, Baylee Allison, Taylor Smith, MiKayla West, Lexie Sullivan, Addison Willis, Anna Kate Lowery, Ainsley Stinson, Amelia Belle Ellender, Taylor Pellonari and Taelor Smith.
Coaches are Wiley Willis, Eric Smith, Matt Anderson and Ryan Sullivan.
The Bossier National All-Stars also won the Little League Softball 9/10 and 11/12 district championships.
Bossier All-Star teams also won district titles in these Little League Baseball divisions: T-Ball, 6/7 Machine Pitch Minor, 9/10 (Bossier Nationals) and 10/11.
The Bossier All-Stars finished runner-up in the Dixie Baseball District IV Machine Pitch Tournament in Minden. Bossier went 4-2 in the event and qualified for the state tournament. The Shreveport Nationals came back through the losers’ bracket to win.
The AA Baseball Machine Pitch Statte Tournament is July 7-10 in West Monroe.
The Benton All-Stars won the Sub-District West AAA Baseball Tournament in Bossier City with a 4-0 record.
The Benton All-Stars and the Haughton All-Stars are competing in the Dixie Baseball District IV AAA Tournament through July 5 in Haughton. The O-Zone and Majors District IV baseball tournaments are also under way. Teams from Bossier, Benton and Haughton are in the O-Zone tournament.
The only Dixie Youth Baseball state tournament to be held locally will be the O-Zone event July 22-26 in Shreveport.
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