You probably won’t find two more evenly matched teams than the Bossier and Benton AAA All-Stars.
Bossier edged Benton 12-10 in eight innings Tuesday night to win the Dixie AAA (10-year-olds) District 4 tournament in Minden.
Benton’s only other loss in the tournament was also to Bossier, 10-9.
Last week, the teams played three times in he AAA Sub-Disrict tournament at Walbrook Park. Benton won twice to take the title.
Both teams advanced to regional tournaments.
Bossier will play in the AAA North Regional in Concordia Parish, and Benton will play in the South Regional in Sulphur. Both tournaments are July 19-23.
Tuesday’s game between the two teams was an entertaining back-and-forth affair.
Benton scored four runs in the bottom of the fourth to take a 5-3 lead.
Bossier rallied with five in the top of the fifth to go up 8-5. Benton came back with three of its own in the bottom of the inning to tie it up.
Bossier scored two in the top of the sixth to go up 10-8. Benton rallied once again and the game went into extra innings tied at 10.
Neither team scored in the first extra inning, but Bossier pushed across two in the top of the eighth to take the 12-10 lead.
Bossier got two quick outs in the bottom of the inning on a fly out and strikeout, but Benton looked as if it might rally again.
Adam Smith singled and Cody Jones walked. But Bossier pitcher Dane Stearns got a strikeout to end the game.
Ashur Hall led Bossier with a single and a triple. Ryan Ward struck out four batters and singled twice.
Adam Johnson singled and doubled, and Hunter Delcomyn added a double. Cody Gallman, Dane Stearns, Ty Taylor and Grayson Mims all singled.
Other players who contributed to the championship are Liam Rogers, Lucas McKain Cullen Downing and Gavin Morales.
Jones struck out five batters and singled three times to lead Benton.
Brock Van Hoy homered, and Ryley Sharp singled twice and tripled. Rylan Lawrence and Owen Wainscott both had two doubles, and Damon Burrell singled and doubled. Grayson Gates, Waites and Smith all singled.
Other All-Stars who contributed to Benton’s success are Jesse Coile, Hunter Newton, Cameron Braun and Hunter Holmes.