For Bossier City, the 2014 Dixie Boys and Jr. Boys World Series was a big success. Not only did the event at Tinsley Park go smoothly, both Bossier City All-Stars turned in outstanding efforts.
Bossier City won the Jr. Boys (13 year olds) tournament and finished runner-up in the Boys (14 year olds). The Jr. Boys title is a first for the Bossier Dixie organization, according to Dixie officials.
The Bossier 13s defeated Jefferson Parish 9-2 Wednesday afternoon at Tinsley. The 14s played a marathon doubleheader against Hattiesburg, Miss., that started at 10 a.m. and didn’t end until around 6:30 p.m.
Needing one win to take the title, Bossier had leads late in both games but Hattiesburg rallied for the victories and the championship, winning the first 10-3 in 11 innings and the second 5-4.
Joseph Gray’s home run in the top of sixth was the difference in Game 2 after Hattiesburg rallied from a 4-1 deficit with three runs in the fifth.
With a runner on first and two outs in the top of the seventh, Bossier had a chance to extend the game. Jay Couch hit a ball that dropped for a hit in mid center field, but the runner was thrown out at home.
The Bossier City 13s went 5-0 in the tournament, outscoring their opponents 75-17.
Unlike previous games in the tournament, Bossier got off to a slow start against Jefferson Parish and trailed 1-0 after three. But the local squad took control with four runs in the top of the fourth.
Bossier loaded the bases with no outs on a walk and singles by Amani Larry and Garrett Hable. Caleb Reese walked, scoring Cole Horton with the tying run. Bossier took the lead for good when Larry scored on an error. Bossier scored two more runs in the inning on bases-loaded walks.
Hable’s two-run homer gave Bossier a 6-1 lead in the fifth. Caleb Reese followed that with a solo shot to make it 7-1.
Bossier closed the scoring with two runs in the seventh. Nick Heckman doubled and scored on an error. Eric Brown’s single scored Harrison Tauzin.
Hable and Heckman had three hits each, and Brown had two. Bossier left-hander Jathon Patton went six innings, striking out 10 and allowing just five hits. Larry pitched the final inning.
Other players who contributed to Bossier’s championship run were Dustin Barron, Christion Raynder, Derrious Bradford and Turner Toms.
In the Bossier 14s first game against Hattiesburg Wednesday, David Maxey gave Bossier a 3-2 lead with a home run in the bottom of the third. It stayed that way until Hattiesburg tied it on a double by AD Myers followed by a triple by Jay Reedy in the fifth.
Neither team scored for the next five innings. Thanks to good pitching, both teams had limited chances and when they did couldn’t capitalize.
Hattiesburg finally got something going early in top of the 11th, getting three consecutive hits in the seven-run frame, including a triple by Gray.
Dexter Jordan led Hattiesburg with three hits and three RBIs. Maxey led Bossier with two hits. Hunter Hollis, Steven Lutterman, Cody Norris, Lannon Broadway and Chase Hodges had singles
Eric Williams (97 pitches) and Jonathan Brandon (100 pitches) both hung tough on the mound. Brandon didn’t allow a hit and struck out eight in 4 1/3 innings.
In Game 2, Bossier scored twice in the top of the fourth to take the 4-1 lead. Couch homered and Hodges scored on a balk.
Hattiesburg cut the lead to one with three straight singles to start the bottom of the fifth. Bossier threw a runner out a home later in the inning for the second out, but Hattiesburg tied it on Alex Burt’s single.
Gray and Hunter Maples led Hattiesburg with three hits each. Maxey and Couch had two hits each for Bossier. Hodges and Lutterman both had doubles. Norris and Hollis had singles.
Bossier handed Hattiesburg, which won the 13s title last year, its only loss of the tournament 13-8 Monday night.
Other players who contributed to the Bossier 14s’ success were Peyton Long, Carter Parks and Cade Thompson.
— Russell Hedges, email@example.com