The Bossier City All-Stars gave it their all but came up short in first-round games in the Dixie Baseball Junior Boys (13s) and Boys (14s) World Series on Saturday night at Tinsley Park.
Bossier City fell to Georgia state champ Columbia County 8-2 in the Boys tournament. The local team lost to Texas state champ Brownsville 5-0 in the Junior Boys tournament.
The Bossier City 14s were scheduled to face Charlotte County, Va., in an elimination game at 4 p.m. Sunday. Charlotte County fell to Dyersburg, Tenn., 10-0 in the first round.
Also at 4, the Bossier City 13s were scheduled to play Newton County, Gla., in an elimination game. Newton County lost to Hattiesburg, Miss., 13-2 in the first round.
In other first-round Boys games, Lancaster, S.C., defeated Opelika, Ala., 11-7, Kings Mountain, S.C., downed Nashville, Ark., 6-0, Louisiana state champ Jefferson Parish Recreation District-East got past Nacogdoches, Texas, 3-0 and West Seminole, Fla., defeated Hattiesburg, Miss., 5-2.
In Boys elimination games Sunday afternoon, Opelika defeated Nashville 16-0 and Nacogdoches knocked out Hattiesburg 14-1. In the first winners’ bracket contests, Lancaster was scheduled to face Kings Mountain at 4. JPRD-East was scheduled to play West Seminole and Dyersburg was scheduled to meet Columbia County at 7.
In other first-round Junior Boys games, Fairhope, Ala., defeated Louisiana state champ Jefferson Parish Recreation District-West 12-2, Spring Hill, Fla., downed Charlotte County, Va., 13-3, Texarkana, Ark., dropped Dyersburg, Tenn., 9-5 and Moncks County, S.C., defeated Brunswick County, N.C., 5-1.
In Junior Boys elimination games Sunday afternoon, JRPD-West downed Charlotte County 11-1 and Brunswick County defeated Dyersburg 9-0. In the first winners’ bracket game, Fairhope was scheduled to play Spring Hill at 4. In 7 o’clock games, Texarkana was scheduled to play Moncks Corner and Hattiesburg was scheduled to take on Brownsville.
The Bossier City 14s gave up six runs in the first inning and then played Columbia County even the rest of the way. Columbia County took advantage of four hits, three walks and an error in the first. Five of their runs were scored with two outs.
Bossier City’s third baseman Gavin Ashworth made a nice catch on a hard-hit ball to end the inning.
Bossier City scored their two runs in the third. Leadoff hitter Joshua Sewell walked and scored on Parker Lowrie’s triple. Lowrie scored on Keegan Lehr’s groundout.
Columbia County added single runs in the fourth and seventh innings. According to Bossier City’s GameChanger account, Lowrie went 2-for-4 while Ashworth and Jackson Voigt had one hit each. Chan Lytle and Ashworth limited Columbia County to three hits over the final 6 1/3 innings.
Also according to Bossier City’s GameChanger account, Columbia County’s Stone Gray had two hits. Tyler Rowland had a triple and Devan Brown a double. Bryce Dees and Brown had two RBI each. Dees, a tall left-hander, allowed four hits and struck out eight in five innings.
The Bossier 13s’ game against Brownsville was scoreless through three innings. Brownsville broke though in the fourth with two runs on three singles and two walks. They added three in the fifth on twp singles, a walk and two RBI groundouts.
According to Bossier City’s GameChanger account, the host team’s Connor Blank had a double. Taylor Ferguson also had a hit. Clayton Brandon walked twice.
Bossier City starter Matthew Buckner pitched two innings of no-hit ball with three strikeouts. Luke Bloxom, Preston Cooper and Blank then limited Brownsville to five hits.
Brownsville’s Esteban Canales went 2-for-3 with two RBI. Antonio Aguirre allowed two hits over 4 2/3 innings.
NOTE: For a photo album of the Bossier City All-Stars’ games against Brownsville and Columbia County go to The Press-Tribune’s Facebook page.
— Russell Hedges, firstname.lastname@example.org