Youth Roundups: Concordia 13s on to championship game

Published 10:51 pm Sunday, July 17, 2016

SHREVEPORT, La. — The Concordia 13-year-old All Stars got off to a rough start with a 15-1 loss to Bossier City to start the doubleheader Sunday, but the day’s finale was the highlight for coach Matthew Freeman and his team.

Concordia led Winnsboro 9-6, before some errors in the field allowed the team from Franklin Parish to tak a 12-9 lead.

With their backs against the wall, Concordia mounted a four-run, two-out rally to walk off on Winnsboro and advance to today’s championship game.

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Tripp Cotten roped a two-RBI triple before Peyton Fort walked to bring up Terrence Charles.

Charles, who had two homers Saturday, cleared the bases with a double and walk off Concordia into the championship.

“I can’t really begin to explain the excitement,” Freeman said. “It was just a really good and important game.”

Concordia will play the winner of Bossier City and Jefferson Parish today at 6 pm. in the championship.

Monroe 12, Purple Sox 2

DERIDDER, LA. — After sweeping the first two games of the state tournament Saturday, the Concordia Purple Sox were stymied against Monroe National in a 12-2 loss.

Monroe jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the top of the first inning and an 8-0 lead in the top of the second.

“It wasn’t good,” coach Greg Naquin said. “They jumped out in front in the first with a three run home run.”

Concordia’s lone response was a two-run third inning. Shavoké Herrington and Brock Farmer tallied RBIs.

Concordia continues its run at 4:30 p.m. against the winner of Rose Pine and Monroe.

Ferriday 15, Madisonville 1

ALEXANDRIA, La. — The Ferriday Gators pounded out 15 hits, including seven doubles en route to rolling past Madisonville 15-1 in the Dixie Youth state tournament Saturday.

With the win, Ferriday advances to the championship round at 6 p.m. today against Pine Prairie.

Brianna Henson was dominant in the circle for her squad, twirling five shutout innings and striking out eight batters.

Bailey Book led the Gators at the plate going 3-for-3, while Henson, Tali Beard, Jania Burns and MacKenzie Landers each went 2-for-4.

Pine Prairie must beat Ferriday twice in the championship, while the Gators need to just one win to advance.