The Jackson Parish 10U All Star girls won three of five games played at the Little League District 5 Tournament to finish as runner-up and qualify for the upcoming state tourney that will be played in Broussard, LA in July. A recap shows that “tourney time” was a feast or famine experince for the locals. In the three games won JP10U averaged just under 20 runs scored per game. In the two losses, which both came at the hands of the SSC10U All-Stars nary a run crossed the plate.
In their opener that was played this past Friday night and reported in the Sunday edition of the Jackson Parish Journal the local girls destroyed DeSoto Parish by an 18-3 margin. Saturday play opened with the storng SSC10U pitching staff not allowing the locals a hit in the 12-0 victory that relegated JP10U to the elimination bracket.
With their back against the wall the locals responded in fine fashion to blast host Bossier 22-0 and beat TBD 19-4. That set up a winner take all rematch with SSC10U where once again the locals got blanked by a 10-0 score.
SSC10U 12 Jackson Parish 0 – Two SSC10U pitchers combined to strike out all twelve JP10U batters that came to the plate while the team scored 12 runs of their own to take the 3 1/2 inning victory.
Jackson Parish 22 Bossier 0 – In their second game on Saturday, Rachel Bandy struck out 8 Bossier batters in her own no-hit effort over three innings to help keep the locals alive. The contest started with JP10U taking a 9-0 advantage after two innings of play before thirteen runs in the third put the game on ice. Bandy was the leader on offense as well by reaching base in all four at bats, including hitting a home run, driving in four and scoring four. Teegan Hall (3-RS, 3-RBI) and Tessa Reeves (3-RS, 2 RBI) also got two hits . Ava Canerday pitched in with a triple, run scored and two RBI while London Burks, Bella Blewer, Gracie Gray and Kyleigh Leach all scored two runs each. Amelia Staggs, Anna Phelps and Ella Simonelli added a run each.
Jackson Parish 19 TBD10U 0 – Rachel Bandy along with Bella Blewer and Ella Simonelli combined on a second straight winning no-hit effort and third straight that the locals were involved in. The game, which lasted only 2 1/2 innings before being called due to the “mercy rule” was basically over after one inning of play when the locals scored 13 runs in the bottom of the first. Six runs in the second cemented the win.
JP10U busted out the heavy lumber in this one as six of the twelve hits accrued went for extra bases. Bandy was responsible for half of the extra baggers as her triple and two doubles accounted for a single game, tourney high, six RBI’s. Both Teegan Hall and Ava Canerday roped triples, knocked in two runs and scored twice as did Gracie Gray, who smacked a double. Amelia Staggs scored three runs and knocked another in after a 2/2 effort and London Burks added a pair of runs scored as did Ella Simonelli as the locals made it to the finals where they once again fell to SSC10U, this time by a 10-0 margin
Complete tournament totals were incomplete as stats were not finalized in the final game but opver the four games shown Hall, Bandy and Gray led the way with seven hits with Bandy leading the team in doubles (3), tied with Hall in triples with one each and hitting a team best two home runs. She also led with 14 RBI and 8 runs scored while Tessa Reeves topped in stolen bases with five.
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