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Parish teams enjoy success in district tournaments

Russell Hedges



Bossier Parish teams enjoyed a lot of success in Little League and Dixie district all-star baseball and softball tournaments this week.

Bossier teams won five Little League District 4 titles — 7-8 girls machine pitch softball, 9-10 boys minor league baseball (Bossier Americans), 10-11 boys minor league baseball (Bossier Americans), 11-12 boys major league baseball (Bossier Nationals) and 11-12 girls major league softball (Bossier Americans).

Bossier teams also finished runner-up in 9-10 girls minor league softball, 12-14 boys junior league baseball (Bossier Americans) and 12-14 girls junior league softball.

At least five parish teams won Dixie baseball and softball titles.

The Bossier All-Stars won the 13-year-old District 4 baseball title. The Benton All-Stars took the AAA (10-year-olds) Sub-District West tournament. Bossier finished second.

Benton and Bossier both qualified for the AAA District 4 tournament, which begins today in Mnden.

Haughton’s 9-10 and 11-12 teams won their respective divisions in the District 6 softball tournament in West Monroe.

The South Bossier All-Stars took the Dixie Belles (13-15) title.

Here is a list of championship teams submitted to The Press-Tribune.

Bossier 7-8 All-Stars (LL softball): Courtney Fisher, Tonya Henderson, Ali Morris, Kaleigh Barnstable, Aubrey Hollis, Catherine Kyle, Blanton Sawyer, Marissa Schoth, Trinitee Bruno, Laura Lee Mayfield, Kate Boltinghouse, Morgan Carroll.

Bossier Americans 9-10 All-Stars (LL baseball): Gavin Ashworth, Coleman Beeson, Cade Campbell, Dax Davis, Gavin Elliott, Ryan Enevoldson, Joey Hayes, Jake Oliver, Dylan Procell, Ethan Robinson, Hayden Smith, Harrison Waxley, Thomas Wilkin.

Bossier Americans 10-11 All-Stars (LL baseball): Kyle Elledge, Peyton Hardcastle, Hayden Lope, Jake Maranto, Trey Maxwell, John Michael McLain, Ben Meister, Cade Petty, Craig Ross, Tanner Timms, Jacob Wilhite.

Bossier Nationals 11-12 All-Stars (LL baseball): Dalton Burrell, Christion Rayner, Amani Larry, Derious Bradford, Daniel Halbert, Hayden Travinski, Dustin Barron, Hayden Gatti, JT Brice, Bryson Connell, Eric Brown, Peyton Lewis.

Bossier 13 All-Stars (Dixie baseball): Jonathan Brandon, Steven Lutterman, Eric Williams, Chase Hodges, Lannon Broadway. Carter Parks, David Maxey, Jay Couch, Hunter Hollis, Buzz Vorachek, Christopher Hayes.

Benton AAA All-Stars (Dixie baseball): Daymon Burrell, Cade Waites, Ryley Sharp, Owen Wainscott, Brock Van Hoy, Grayson Gates, Adam Smith, Jesse Coile, Rylan Lawrence, Huntur Newton, Cameron Braun, Hunter Holmes.

Haughton 11-12 All-Stars (Dixie softball): Jillian Compton, Reanna Crumpler, Jaden Edmundson, MacKenzie Giese, Ashlyn Gilmore, Mayghen Myers, Baylee Osbon, Alayna Patton, Journey Phillips, Madison Shelton, Caitlyn Ward, Meagan Webb.

Haughton 9-10 All-Stars (Dixie softball): Ashlyn Barnes, Kayleigh Brown, McKayla Burkart, Marisa Delgado, Madison Giese, Ashley Hollis, Jaycie Keith, Siera Lingo, Alayiah Mingo, Alyssa Phillips, Kaylee Sellars, Holly Tony, Jessi Vanderhoeven.

Members of the Bossier All-Stars 13s Little League runner-up team are Thomas Bush, Christopher Deane, Cole Haynes, Connor Johnson, Kade Madden, Connor Polk, Colby Richard, Colt Shankle, Liam Stedman and Jake Vance.

Members of the Bossier All-Stars Dixie AAA sub-district runner-up team are Dane Stearns, Liam Rogers, Lucas McKain, Grayson Mims, Ashur Hall, Hunter Delcomyn, Ryan Ward, Ty Taylor, Adam Johnson, Cullen Downing, Cody Gallman and Gavin Morales.

Members of the Bossier All-Stars 9-10 Little League runner-up softbal team are Reagan Thompson, Kylei Griffin, Jessica Grubbs, Joely Fletcher, Alexa Vorachek, Kayla Vo, Emily Angelo, Marissa Martin, Emma Spears, Madalyn Cunningham, Destiny Boothe, Madison Simms and Megan Morway.




Here are some selected highlights from the tournaments submitted by coaches or covered by The Press-Tribune.

AAA Sub-District tournament at Walbrook: The tournament came down to a one-game showdown for the title Tuesday night between Benton and Bossier.

Bossier forced the decisive game by defeating Benton 8-5 in the first game of the championship round.

Benton then took the title with a 15-7 victory in the second game.

Owen Wainscott had two two-run homers for Benton. Brock Van Hoy had a solo home run.

Little League 11-12 majors tournament in Shreveport: The Bossier National All-Stars went 3-0 to earn the championship.

The team will play in Hammond for the state championship starting July 17.

Amani Larry and Bryson Connell excelled on the mound in a 7-3 victory over Shreveport in Game 1. Connell pitched a perfect inning in relief and Eric Brown earned the save with a perfect sixth inning.

Darious Bradford had three hits including a home run in an 8-1 victory over Blanchard in Game 2. JT Brice had three hits and Brown had two.

Rainer was the winning pitcher. He went 2 1-3 innings. Brice pitched 3 1/3 innings of relief, and Brown recorded the final out.

Rainer pitched a no-hitter in a 17-0 victory over Blanchard in the championship game.

Bossier exploded with five home runs by four different players. Brown homered twice while Larry, Dalton Burrell and Bradford had one each. Dustin Barron had two hits.

Daniel Halbert, Hayden Gatti, Peyton Lewis, Rainer and Brice all contributed with hits.

9-10 Little League softball tournament at Clifford Almond Park: Kylei Griffin hit a grand slam home run Tuesday night in the championship game against Shreveport.

9-10 Little League baseball tournament at Clifford Almond Park: The Bossier American All-Stars won two dramatic extra-inning games over Blanchard Tuesday and Wednesday to take the title and advance to the state tournament.

They forced a one-game showdown for the title with a 17-12 victory in seven innings Tuesday.

Wednesday night, the Americans gave up a five-run lead in the sixth but came back with a run in the seventh to pull out a gutsy 9-8 victory.

They caught a Blanchard runner in a rundown between third and home for the final out.


Bossier All-Star Kylei Griffin and fans behind her watch the flight of the ball  as she hits a grand slam home run in the championship game of the Little League 7-8 District 4 softball tournament Tuesday at Clifford Almond Park.
Bossier All-Star Kylei Griffin and fans behind her watch the flight of the ball as she hits a grand slam home run in the championship game of the Little League 7-8 District 4 softball tournament Tuesday at Clifford Almond Park.
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