Benton and Haughton All-Star teams will face off in the championship round of the Dixie Youth O-Zone (12s) state tournament today at 5 p.m. in Concordia Parish.
Benton is undefeated in the double-elimination tournament and will take the title with a victory. Haughton, which lost to Benton 7-5 in the winners’ bracket finals on Sunday, must win to force a second game for the title. That game, if necessary, will be played immediately following the first.
Benton eliminated East Ouachita Recreation District South 7-4 Monday. Haughton dropped Concordia Parish 10-4 in an elimination game.
The winner of the tournament advances to the Dixie Youth O-Zone World Series Aug. 8-13 in Lexington, S.C.
Elswehere, Bossier City is scheduled to play Lafayette in the championship game of the Little League Baseball 7-8 Machine Pitch state tournament Tuesday night in River Ridge.
Several Bossier Parish All-Star teams have posted high finishes in state and regional Little League and Dixie baseball tournaments.
Bossier City teams won the Little League 6-under T-Ball state tournament in Lake Charles and the 6-7 Minors Machine Pitch state tournament in River Ridge.
Bossier City finished third in the 11-12 state tournament at Clifford Almond Park.
In Dixie play, Bossier City finished runner-up in the Dixie AAA (10-year-olds) South Regional in Ponchatoula.
Another Bossier City All-Star squad finished runner-up in Dixie Jr. Boys (13s) state tournament in Pineville, taking the host team to a decisive game before falling.
Members of the 6-under Little League T-Ball state championship team are Abraham Patterson, Seth Jorstad, Ty Walsworth, Kingston Adams, Carson Plant, Gage Davis, Russell Barrett, Parker Davis, Conner Jackson, Andrew Sawrie, Noah Dollar and Jaden Hobson. The head coach is Scottie Davis. Assistants are Chad Davis, Michael Barrett and Terry Plant.
Members of the 6-7 Minors Machine Pitch state champions are Alexandre Baggett, Brennan Jackson, Konnor Wood, Seth Breen, Kannon Greer, Owen Patterson, Garrett Clute, Leonard Stevens, Spencer Campbell and Brody Hunsicker. Coaches are Travis Hatten, Robert Baggett, Ryan Patterson and KC Greer.
Members of the Little League 11-12 third-place team are Gabriel Larry, Micky Parks, Connor Norcross, Ashur Hall, Harrison Waxley, Coleman Stafford, Grayson Gates, Hayden Smith, Brady Norcross, Hayden Knotts and Grayson Hull.
Members of the Dixie AAA regional runner-up team are Clayton Brandon, Chase Rambin, Kenner Lauterbach, Wesley Gardner, Riley Sitter, Zach Schoenborn, Barrett Newman, Eli Harper, Conner Stevens, Roland Wilkinson, Mason Morgan and Preston Hill.
Members of the Bossier City Majors Machine Pitch team are Maddox Cockerham, Ashton Ross, Colton Birdsong, Abel Thetford Tyler Rich, Trey Sinagra, Cole Basham, Drew Robinson, Andrew Sharp, Everett Jacobson, Madden Sawrie and Connor Yates.
Coaches are Deuce Sinagra, DJ Birdsong, Casey Robinson and Chad Yates.
Members of the Benton O-Zone team are Liam Rogers, Grayson Mims, Dane Stearns, Cameron Braun, Tanner Underwood, Adam Smith, Jackson Illingworth, Daymon Burrell, Jack Walters, Cody Jones, Ryley Sharp and Todd Dominick. Coaches are Jason Mims, Ryan Stearns and Brad Sharp.
Bossier City suffered two close losses in the Little League 11-12 state tournament, falling to South Lake Charles 3-1 in the winners’ bracket semifinals and eventual champion Eastbank of New Orleans 11-8 in an elimination game.
Against Eastbank, Bossier City trailed 7-3 after three innings but rallied in the top of the fourth with five runs to take an 8-7 lead. Eastbank regained the lead with two runs in the bottom of the inning and added two more in the fifth.
Larry and Connor Norcross both hit home runs for Bossier City.
Larry had two other hits including a double, according to the team’s GameChanger site. Knotts also had a double.
Hull, Waxley, Stafford and Parks all had hits.
At Ponchatoula, Bossier City rallied from a seven-run deficit against Ville Platte in the championship game of the Dixie Youth AAA tournament.
BC scored seven in the top of the fifth to tie the game at 12. But Ville Platte answered with five in the bottom of the inning and went on to win 17-13.
At Pineville, Bossier City defeated the hosts 13-3 to force a second game for the Dixie Jr. Boys title. But Pineville advanced to the World Series with a 6-3 victory.
At Concordia Parish, Benton defeated Ward 10 Tioga 10-0 and East Ouachita Recreation District North (Sterlington) 6-5 in seven innings before facing Haughton.
Haughton defeated Concordia Parish 4-3 and EORD South 5-3.
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