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Youth baseball, softball Friday update: Benton 12s add to parish’s district title total

The Benton All-Stars won the Dixie Youth District IV O-Zone (11-12) baseball tournament Thursday night in Ruston.
Benton completed a 4-0 run in the event with a 12-0, four-inning victory over Ruston.
Benton also defeated Haughton 5-1 and the Shreveport Americans 11-0 earlier in the tournament. They received a forfeit from the Shreveport Nationals Thursday.
Members of the champion Benton All-Stars 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.
Illingworth pitched a no-hitter with seven strikeouts against Ruston. Benton pounded out 15 hits. Jones went 2-for-2 with a homer and three RBI. Walters went 3-for-4.
Stearns, Sharp and Illingworth had two hits each. Stears Smith, Burrell and Dominick all had doubles.
Rogers hit two home runs and had four RBI against the Shreveport Americans. Jones and Dominick also hit home runs. Stearns went 2-for-2 and pitched a four-hitter with five strikeouts.
Jones pitched a two-hitter with 11 strikeouts against Haughton and hit a grand slam home run. Mims went 2-for-2.
Haughton finished runner-up. After losing to Benton, Haughton bounced back with wins over the Shreveport Nationals (11-1), the Shreveport Americans (17-8) and Ruston (6-4).
Benton and Haughton both advanced to the O-Zone state tournament July 24-28 in Concordia Parish.

Courtesy Photo The Benton All-Stars won the Dixie Youth District 4 O-Zone (11-12) tournament Thursday night in Ruston.
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The Benton All-Stars won the Dixie Youth District 4 O-Zone (11-12) tournament Thursday night in Ruston.

Bossier Parish youth baseball and softball teams are enjoying a successful All-Star tournament season.
The Bossier Nationals won the Little League 11-12 District 4 tournament Friday night at the Shreveport Little League Complex. The Bossier City All-Stars won the 10-11 tournament Thursday in Shreveport.
Bossier teams also won the Little League T-Ball, Machine Pitch Minor (7-year-old), Machine Pitch Major (8-year-old) and 9-10 district baseball tournaments and the 7-8 Machine Pitch and 9-10 softball tournaments.
The Bossier Nationals edged Blanchard 2-1 in the championship round of the 11-12 tournament. Bossier also defeated Blanchard 13-5 Thursday night. Blanchard would have had to defeat Bossier twice to win the title.
Bossier’s Micky Parks pitched a one-hitter with 10 strikeouts Friday night.
The Nationals trailed 1-0 going into the bottom of the fifth. Brady Norcross led off with a triple and scored on a passed ball. Parks hit a one-out single to center field and moved to third on a single by Connor Norcross. Norcross stole second and Parks scored the go-ahead run on the throw.
Grayson Gates and Hayden Smith also had hits in the game.
Bossier scored eight runs in the top of the fifth in the 13-5 victory. Gabriel Larry led off the inning with a home run and then hit another one before it was over.
Harrison Waxley had a three-run home run. Connor Norcross hit a solo homer.
Winning pitcher Hayden Knotts allowed four hits and struck out 11 in 5 1/3 innings.
Other players who contributed to the championship were Ashur Hall, Coleman Stafford and Gavin Ashworth.
The Little League 9-10 and 11-12 state tournaments will be played at Clifford Almond Park beginning July 17.
The Bossier All-Stars defeated Blanchard twice to win the 9-10 softball title early last week.
Members of the championship team are Trinitee Bruno, Macey Schut, Chloe Larry, MiKaylah Williams, Sara White, Kaylee Thornton, Sophia Livers, Courtney Fisher, Danni Jo Lynch, Morgan Carroll, Paige Marshall and Alleigh Newman. Coaches are AJ Bradford, Warren Langley and David Newman.
Members of the 10-11 baseball championship team are Layne Basham, Alex Blackburn, Addison Constantin, Thatcher Ellender, Walter Plantinga, Reese Rachal, Ethan Roberts, Nate Rowe, Gray Sharp, John Swaim and Logan Thurman.
Members of the 9-10 baseball championship team are Taft Prince, James Ross, Brayden Thetford, Justice Brown, Triston Hargrave, Tyler Ferguson, Aaron Echols, Noah Littleton, Cale Latimer, Trenton Brown, Maximus Holt, Zachary Clute and Aiden Colvin. Coaches are Shane Thetford, Craig Ross, Rob Latimer and Todd Littleton.
Members of the 8-year-old Machine Pitch championship 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 7-year-old Machine Pitch championship team are Alexandre Baggett, Brennan Jackson, Konner Wood, Seth Breen, Kannon Greer, Owen Patterson, Garrett Clute, Leonard Stevens, Spencer Campbell and Brody Hunsicker.

Dixie Youth

One Dixie Youth state tournament has been completed. Haughton finished runner-up to Ruston in the 11-year-old O-Zone state tournament played in Ruston. Haughton went 2-2 in the tournament, defeating EORD twice and falling to Ruston twice.
Team members are Blaise Ramirez, Braden Franks, Ryan Rimmer, Logan Carmack, Jackson Voight, Waylon Keith, Dakota Delahoussaye, Jake Pieri, Jacob Hernandez, Dylan Hedrick and Sawyer Dunn. Head coach is Bobby Hernandez. Assistants are John Hernandez and Randy Murphy.
The Benton All-Stars won the AAA 9-year tournament in Ruston Monday night. They went 4-1, defeating Union Parish twice and taking two of three from Ruston, including the title game.
Members of the championship team are Bryson Pierce, Daniel Jayroe, Cason Toms, Colton Lasiter, Peyton Fulghum, Parker Fulghum, Andrew Wainscott, Cody Wilhite, Hudson Brignac, Caden Lee, Ryder Rutledge and Ryan Liles. Coaches are Hal Fulghum, Joey Windham and Jeff Liles,
Bossier City finished first in the round-robin AAA (10-year-old) Sub-District tournament at Walbrook Park. Haughton finished second and Benton took third.
Bossier City won the Dixie World Series 9-year-old title last year and the Machine Pitch crown in 2013.
Bossier defeated the Minden Continentals in the first round and the Shreveport Americans in the semifinals of the AAA District 4 tournament in Ruston.
Bossier suffered its first loss to the Minden Nationals Monday night but rebounded with a big victory over Union Parish in an elimination game Tuesday.
Bossier fell to the Minden Nationals again in the championship round Wednesday. As the runner-up, Bossier advanced to the South Regional in Ponchatoula.
Team members 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.
Haughton eliminated Benton and then fell to the Shreveport Americans in an elimination game.
Members of the Haughton team are Hampton Bryant, Connor Blank, Sergio Delgado, Hayden Davis, Ryan Iman, Blayne Johnson, Andrew Vogan, Parx Walker, Colin Rosier, Camden Logan, Amarion Lars and Jaxon Ward. The head coach is John Blank. Assistants are Sergio Delgado and Brad Walker.
Members of the Benton team are Blake Stephenson Austin Ballard, Braden Milam, Matthew Buckner, Pruitt Lingle, Parker Hall, Parker Finley, Colin Herndon, Gray Deason, Cameron McCormack, Justin Slaid and Anthony Ardoin. Coaches are Scott Milam and Todd McCormack.
Bossier City won the T-Ball district tournament, defeating Benton in the title game. Bossier City, Benton and Haughton all picked up wins in pool play as the state tournament began Thursday in Shreveport.
Members of the Benton runner-up team are Carson Bryant, Jack Jayroe, Ty Johnson, Maddox Martinez, Rydon McCormack, Caleb McGuirt, Hayden Millen, Harrison Miller, Kamryn Smith, Nathan Sprankle, Tate Underwood and Ethan Washington. Coaches are Kyle Bryant, Andrew McCormack, Chris Miller, and Raven Smith.
Benton was co-champion in the Machine Pitch district tournament.
Members of the Benton championship team are Case Jorden, Jackson Jones, Thomas Allen, Josh Thompson, Brooks Prewitt, Brody House, Reed Martin, Witt Van Hoy, Jax Prewitt. Kade Bryant, Cavitt Hilburn and Jayce Coile. Coaches are Malcolm Hilburn, Kevin Bryant, Aaron Jorden and Kyle Prewitt.
Haughton and Benton are playing in the state tournament in Shreveport. Haughton won its first game in pool play Thursday.
Benton finished runner-up in the 7-8 district softball tournament and qualified for the state tournament.
Members of the Benton team are Abby Wheeler, Avrey Johnson, Sadie Hamby, Annaleigh Henderson, Christina Gegg, Jada Slaid, Emma Friar, Lilly Claire McDonald, Evey Bamburg, Emersyon Disotell, Madelyn Stringer and Addyson Hulett. Coaches are Carrie Bamburg, Nathan Disotell, Brandon Stringer and Alison Friar.
The Dixie Boys (14s) district tournament began Friday in Walbrook Park. The Junior Boys (13s) begins Saturday. Bossier City won the Junior Boys World Series last year at Tinsley Park and finished runner-up in the Boys.
The Bossier 13s automatically qualify for the state tournament, which is in Pineville.

Editor’s note: Coaches and parents may submit team and action photos, team rosters, tournament results and game details for publication to The Press-Tribune. Please email to rhedges@bossierpress.com

Courtesy Photo The Bossier City All-Stars won the Little League District 4 10-11 tournament at the Shreveport Little League Complex.
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The Bossier City All-Stars won the Little League District 4 10-11 tournament at the Shreveport Little League Complex.
Courtesy Photo The Bossier City All-Stars won the Little League 9-10 District 4 tournament at Clifford Almond Park.
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The Bossier City All-Stars won the Little League 9-10 District 4 tournament at Clifford Almond Park.

— Russell Hedges, rhedges@bossierpress.com

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