All-Star roundup: Concordia Parish 14’s pick up win

Published 12:01 am Tuesday, July 7, 2015

VIDALIA — The Vidalia Nationals 9- and 10-year-olds All-Star team got off to a good start at the district tournament on a hot and humid late Monday afternoon with a resounding 31-4 win in four innings over the Marksville All-Stars at the Concordia Recreation District 3 Complex.

“All the girls had multiple hits. Great defensive effort,” Vidalia Nationals coach Bo Sproles said. “Big bats tonight. Awesome defense. Okay coaching.”

Jaden Boydstun was the winning pitcher and allowed two runs over two innings of work. Jessi White pitched the final two innings and gave up two runs.

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That was the first of two games for the Vidalia Nationals. The Vidalia Americans also played two games. Bad weather over the weekend forced the tournament to be rescheduled and doubleheaders were played on Monday.

The second game for the Vidalia Nationals also went four innings as they took care of the Avoyelles All-Stars 17-4.

White got the start for the Vidalia Nationals and went three innings to pick up the win. Boydstun came on in relief to pitch the fourth.

“Great pitching performances from Jessi and Jaden. The girls played awesome defense behind them,” Sproles said. “Big bats were Lauren Dunbar and Rylee Sproles. Sproles had a two-RBI single. Dunbar had two singles and a double. Grayci Wiley had a single. Jessi hit the ball good. Jaden only struck out once tonight and bunted the runners over a few times.”

The Vidalia Americans hit the ball well against the Avoyelles All-Stars in their first game of the day, but they couldn’t hold down Avoyelles’ offense enough in a 16-6 loss in four innings.“We had 12 hits and Avoyelles had six hits,” Vidalia Americans coach Brent McCarthy said. “We struggled a little bit on the pitching and the walking.”

But in their second game, the Vidalia Americans came out swinging and were leading Marksville 29-9. With the Vidalia Americans having such a big lead, a showdown with the Vidalia Nationals could take place at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Concordia Parish 14s 5,

Franklin Parish 3

MONROE, La. — Caden Poole belted two home runs for the Concordia Parish Dixie Youth 14-year-old All-Stars in a 5-3 win over the Franklin Parish All-Stars Monday afternoon at the district tournament.

Tristan Weatherly pitched seven solid innings for Concordia Parish. Of the three runs allowed, only one was earned and coach Dillon Smith said he was pleased with Weatherly’s performance.

“I thought Tristan did an excellent job on the mound. He kept us in the game,” Smith said.

Smith said his team did not hit the ball as effectively as it could have, but came up with some timely hits when it needed it. He added that Poole’s first home run of the game was the big hit of the game.

“We were the ‘away’ team. We got to bat first. First inning, Caden hit a two-run home run. That set up the tempo for the rest of the game,” Smith said.

Smith added a solo home run and ended up going 2-for-3 with three runs batted in. Nick Melton brought in a run on a fielder’s choice and Alex McCready had a run-scoring double.

The Concordia Parish 14-year-old All-Stars next play at 5:30 p.m. today against Richland in a winners’ bracket game.

McComb Nationals 17,

Natchez 11s-12s 5

MCCOMB — Even though the Natchez 11- and 12-year-old All-Stars lost to the McComb Nationals 17-5 Monday night in an ‘elimination game’ at the district tournament, their season is not over yet.

“This was a seeding tournament. We advanced to state regardless of the outcome,” Natchez 11-12s coach Seth Eidt said. “We will go in as either a two or three seed.”

Natchez ended up with seven base hits in the game, but miscues in the field is what caused the final score to be so lopsided.

“The kids played well tonight. We made five or six or seven costly errors that made the score what it is,” Eidt said. “I’m still proud of the kids. We’ll get ready for state and hopefully play better than we did tonight.”

Natchez used four pitchers in the game. Nolan Owens started and was charged with the loss. Cade Eidt pitched the second inning. Jasin Wesberry pitched the third inning and Petyon Wilson pitched the fourth.

The Natchez 11- and 12-year-old All-Stars next play at the state tournament in Pascagoula starting Friday, July 17.