Concordia 11-year-olds fall in championship

Published 12:05am Monday, July 28, 2014

LONGVIEW, Texas — The Concordia 11-year-old All-Stars went into the championship game of the 2014 O-Zone Regional World Series against JPRD without a single loss in the tournament.

Unfortunately, they were unable to completely rally back from an early 19-0 deficit and ended up having their season come to an end after falling to JPRD 21-17 in five innings Sunday night.

“The umpires stopped the game in the sixth inning because our pitcher, Peyton Fort, had pitched the maximum number of innings,” assistant coach Devin Barnes said. “I really feel like if we would’ve played that sixth inning, we would’ve beat them.”

JPRD came out aggressive in the top of the first inning and that led to the visiting team in the title game scoring a stunning 19 runs before the Concordia 11s even got to bat.

“Jefferson came out swinging the bats very, very well. We made a few errors, but that wasn’t a huge factor,” Barnes said. “Once we settled everyone down, we got back in the game.”

Concordia scored six runs in the bottom of the first inning, four in the bottom of the second and one in the bottom of the third to cut JPRD’s lead to 19-11. But in the top of the fourth inning, JPRD scored two big runs to go up 21-11. Concordia scored one run in the bottom of the fourth and five in the bottom of the fifth to make it a four-run game.

“My saying for this game was, ‘We’ve got to fight back one run at a time.’ They got comfortable.” Barnes said.

Fort, Eli Brown, Rhet McDonald and Brett Walsworth led the Concordia 11s at the plate as each of them went 2-for-3.

The Concordia 11s advanced to the title game by defeating a team called EMC out of Houston, Texas 13-3 in four innings on a hot and humid Sunday afternoon.

Peyton Fort got the start and earned the win after pitching two innings of shutout, one-hit ball with four strikeouts and no walks. Fort helped his own cause by going 2-for-2 with a triple.

“It was a really good game,” Barnes said. “Peyton came out hot. He struck out the side in the top of the first inning. Then he retired the side in the second.”

The Concordia 11s scored four runs in the bottom of the first inning and then tacked on two more runs in the bottom of the second for a 6-0 lead. After the team from Houston scored three runs in the top of the third inning off relief pitcher Caleb Smith, Concordia scored the final seven runs of the game to 10-run rule the visiting team. Smith allowed just one hit and struck out one in his two innings of work to pick up the save.

Smith also went 2-for-3 with a double while both Dylan Laprairie and Brandon Bozeman went 2-for-2. Eli Brown, C.J. Chatman and Brett Walsworth each were 2-for-3.

“Toward the end, the bats really came alive and we hit the ball very well,” Barnes said. “They played good. They were aggressive. They did not come out sluggish.”

On Saturday night, the Concordia 11s held on for an 8-7 win over host Longview (Texas). Fort went 2-for-3 with an inside-the-park home run and got the save after striking out the only batter he faced to strand two runners on base.

Southwest (Ark.) 10, East Central (La.) 3

CHIPLEY, Fla. — The East Central Pre-Majors All-Stars got off to a good start, but they could not keep the momentum going as they lost to the Southwest (Ark.) All-Stars 10-3 Sunday afternoon in an elimination game at the 2014 Dixie Youth Pre-Majors World Series at Chipley High School.

East Central, one of the teams representing Louisiana, scored three runs off Southwest starting pitcher Fisher Smith in the bottom of the first inning to grab a 3-1 lead. But Smith settled down and pitched four straight scoreless innings after that to keep Southwest in the game.

Jake Cooper did his best to keep East Central ahead of Southwest after East Central’s bats went silent the rest of the game. East Central led Southwest 3-2 after two innings of play and held on to that lead until Southwest exploded for seven runs in the top of the fifth inning for a 9-3 lead.

Cooper ended up allowing five runs on three hits, five walks and two hit batters while striking out six batters over four-plus innings. Smith gave up three runs on five hits and struck out five batters in five innings to pick up the win.

Christian Day came in for Cooper in the top of the fifth and gave up four of those seven runs. He also allowed one run in the top of the seventh. Day gave up four hits and struck out three.

Thomas Garrity went 2-for-3 and Marquis Buckner had a double for East Central. Jesse Lowery was 3-for-5 and Cody Robertson had a double for Southwest.

Vidalia 16s-17s 3, East Texas 2

VIDALIA — Elizabeth Smith pitched a complete-game one-hitter and struck out 12 batters as the Vidalia 16- and 17-year-old All-Stars held on for a 3-2 win over East Texas Sunday night at the 2014 Southwest Regional Tournament at the Concordia Recreation District 3 Complex.

Smith gave up one run in the top of the first inning and did not allow another batter to cross home plate until the top of the seventh. She also walked three batters.

It looked like East Texas’ 1-0 lead after one inning of play might stand with Zoe Flores on the mound for the visiting team. That was until Vidalia took the lead with a two-run rally in the bottom of the fourth inning and then added a key insurance run in the bottom of the fifth.

Flores gave up three runs on five hits and four walks to go with three strikeouts in four-plus innings.

Cassie Gonzales led Vidalia at the plate, going 2-for-2 with a double.

Next up for the Vidalia 16- and 17-year-old All-Stars is a 7 p.m. game today against Texas West.