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Bossier Nationals, 13s All-Stars fall just short

Russell Hedges



The Bossier Nationals fell to New Mexico (Las Cruces) 9-3 in the semifinals of the Little League Southwestern Regional Tuesday night in Waco, Texas.

The Nationals got off to a good start, taking a 3-1 lead after the first inning, but they had trouble getting anything going at the plate.

Dustin Barron got two of Bossier’s five hits. One of his was a double.

Christion Rayner had a double. Eric Brown and Amani Larry had singles.

New Mexico had 11 hits, including a big two-run homer that gave it the lead for good in the third.

Meanwhile, the Bossier All-Stars finished tied for third in the Dixie Junior Boys (13s) World Series in Columbus, Ga.

Bossier was eliminated by Hattiesburg, Miss., 7-4 in eight innings Tuesday night.

Starting pitcher Jonathan Brandon went 6-1/3 innings before having to leave the mound in the sixth because of the pitch-count rule.

He allowed four runs on five hits and struck out five. Steven Lutterman allowed only two hits and also struck out five in relief.

The game was tied at 4 after seven innings. Hattiesburg took advantage of two hits and a couple of Bossier errors in the eighth to score three.

Lutterman led Bossier at the plate, going 3-for-4. Brandon had a single and two RBIs. Eric Williams had a single and an RBI. Carter Parks had a single and an RBI.

Bossier left eight runners stranded on base.

Had Bossier one, there would have been a three-team playoff for the title among Bossier, Hattiesburg and Enterprise, Ala.

Enterprise defeated Hattiesburg 13-3 Wednesday to force a decisive game for the title. Hattiesburg won 8-7.

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