Concordia 11-12s advance in tourney
VIDALIA — The Concordia 11- and 12-year-old All-Stars bounced back from a tough loss to Ville Platte by defeating the Franklin All-Stars 6-4 Saturday afternoon at the North Regional State Tournament at the Concordia Recreation District 3 Complex.
Concordia 11-12s head coach Rusty Smith credited the win to two factors — solid pitching and timely hitting, especially from Caden Poole, Drake Smith and Tristan Weatherly.
“Our bats were better today. (Friday) our big hitters didn’t come around. Today our 4-5-6 batters (Poole, D. Smith and Weatherly) came around. That helped our cause today,” Smith said. “The pitching was good.”
Weatherly was the starting and winning pitcher for the Concordia 11s and 12s as he went three innings. Smith came on in relief and pitched the final three innings. The two combined to strike out 11 batters.
Freddie Mango hit a home run and Poole had a triple, while both Smith and Weatherly had a double.
The Concordia 11s and 12s take on the loser of the Jena/Girard game in an elimination game at 5 p.m. today.
Concordia 9-10s 18, Winnsboro 17
VIDALIA — After a couple of sluggish innings allowed the Winnsboro All-Stars to erase an early nine-run deficit, the Concordia 9- and 10-year-old held on for the win Saturday afternoon at the North Regional Tournament at the Concordia Recreation District 3 Complex.
“We had them up 10-1 and let them come back. In the bottom of the third, they came back to tie it at 10-10,” Concordia 9-10s head coach Shaun McDonald said. “Defense went flat in the third and fourth innings. We quit hitting in the third and fourth and came back in the fifth and sixth.”
Peyton Fort had a big game at the plate for the Concordia 9-10s as he went 3-for-4 with two triples and an inside-the-park home run.
Brett Walsworth went 4-for-4, Eli Brown was 3-for-4 with a triple and Cody Brown was 3-for-4 with a double.
Mosby helped his cause by going 2-for-4 and Rhett McDonald was 2-for-4 with a double.
The Concordia 9s and 10s will take on the winner of the Morgan City/Morehouse game at 7:30 p.m. today.