Shepherd Norred, Bentley Ponder, Grant Griffin and Thatcher Savage all reached base with two outs in the bottom of the fifth inning as Jackson Parish scored a pair of runs to rally past LaSalle 5-4 in the opening round of the Dixie Youth, Coach-Pitch, 8U All Star Tournament being played at the JPRD Sports Complex. The locals took a quick 2-0 lead when Ponder opened the contest by scoring a run and Jackson Ables circled the bases in the second with an inside the park home run. LaSalle came back to take a 4-2 lead after 3 ½ innings that was narrowed to 4-3 when Ryder Diffey scored on a Levi Horsfall hit setting the stage for the fifth inning heroics.
East Rapides 17 Jackson Parish 6: In the second game played on Saturday, Bentley Ponder, Grant Graham, Jackson Ables, Jax Culpepper and Thatcher Savage all got first inning hits to stake the locals to a four run lead. East Rapides responded though by swinging heavy lumber in their half of the opening frame that resulted in nine runs on the strength of four triples, two doubles and a home run. Maddox Graham and Gunner Brown scored in the second to narrow the gap to three but that was as close as JP would get in the contest that was called after three and a half innings. The loss dropped the JP All-Stars into the losers bracket where they were forced to play a late game on Saturday needing to win to continue to play.
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