Both Bossier City All-Star teams are within one win of capturing Dixie World Series baseball titles after wins Tuesday night at Tinsley Park.
Bossier faced its first test in the Junior Boys (13s) tournament, defeating Dothan, Ala. 15-9. Bossier led just 10-9 going into the seventh and then put up five runs in the top of the inning.
Bossier plays Jefferson Parish at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the championship round. Bossier needs only to beat Jefferson Parish to win the title. Jefferson Parish, which eliminated Columbus County, N.C., 6-3, Tuesday, would have to beat Bossier twice two win the title. Bossier defeated Jefferson Parish 13-3 Sunday.
In the Boys (14s) tournament, Bossier withstood a rally by Dallas, N.C., en route to a 12-8 victory. Bossier raced to a 9-1 lead but North Carolina scored seven in the fifth. Bossier answered with a run in the sixth and two more in the seventh.
Bossier faces Hattiesburg, Miss., at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the championship round. Bossier needs one win to take the title. Hattiesburg, which eliminated Center, Texas, 9-7, Tuesday, would have to beat Bossier twice to claim the crown. Bossier defeated Hattiesburg, 13-8, Monday night. Hattiesburg won both the 13s and 14s championships last year.
The Bossier 13s got off to a good start against Alabama Tuesday, taking an 8-2 lead going into the bottom of third. But Alabama scored three in the third and another in the fourth to cut the lead to 8-6.
Caleb Reese hit a big two-out, two-run homer in the fifth to give Bossier a 10-6 lead. But Alabama rallied again, scoring three in the bottom of the inning to get within one.
Bossier emphatically answered the challenge in the seventh. Garrett Hable had a two-run double. Reese and Harris Tauzin had RBI singles. Amani Larry and Nick Heckman also had singles in the inning.
Heckman sat down Alabama in order in the seventh. He also went 3-for-5 with a double. Larry also went 3-for-5 with a double and three RBIs. Hable, Reese, Tauzin, Eric Brown and Cole Horton all had two hits.
Cody Norris led the Bossier 14s with three hits, including a two-run double in the top of the seventh. Eric Williams had two hits, including a two-run triple in Bossier’s eight-run second inning.
Peyton Long had an RBI double and a sacrifice fly. Hunter Hollis, Jonathan Brandon, Chase Hodges and Jay Couch all had hits.
Hodges pitched well until running into some trouble in the fifth. Brandon came on in relief in the fifth and didn’t allow a run. He struck out six.
Hunter Melton had a two-run homer in North Carolina’s seven-run fifth.
Joseph Gray had two hits and two RBIs in Hattiesburg’s victory over Texas. Marcus Arterberry had t wo hits, including a double.