Gonzales 9s advance to Dixie State Tourney semifinals

Staff reports
Members of the Gonzales 9-year-old All-Stars are from left, bottom; Reese Hebert, Peyton Landry, Easton Hollis, Grant Alexander, Brandon Dewitt, Luke Ramsey and Caden Piper. Middle, Cameron Gautreaux, Nicholas McInnis, Logan Elrod, Benjamin Adams, Benjamin Parker and Landon Boudreaux. Top, coaches Jason Landry, Bryan Hollis and Cory Piper.

The Gonzales Dixie Youth 9-year-old All-Stars competed in the state tournament July 17-19 in DeRidder.  The team finished third in the state and with the 10-year-old Dixie Youth World series coming to Gonzales next year, this was a great way for them to get started. 

Consisting of 16 teams, the tournament featured four teams in four pools competed on Friday and Saturday to see who would advance to the championship bracket on Sunday. In Gonzales’ pool were West Monroe, Moss Bluff, and Shreveport. 

Gonzales beat West Monroe 10-6 in the first game and defeated Moss Bluff 13-6 in the second game Saturday morning. Gonzales and Shreveport won two games in pool play meaning tier game would determine who would advance to championship play. Rain pushed the game back to 11 p.m. and the game didn’t end till 1 p.m. but Gonzales won 9-7.

Gonzales eventually loss to tournament champions, Alexandria 4-1, Sunday. In the semifinal game Easton Hollis, Nicholas McInnis, Brandon Dewitt and Grant Alexander each hit singles but Gonzales could only get one run across. Luke Ramsey and Brandon Dewitt surrendered four runs on the hill.

In the opening game, Gonzales came from behind with a fifth inning rally after trailing 5-1.  Gonzales erupted for nine runs in the inning to back the pitching of  Reese Hebert, McInnis, and Dewitt. In the last inning, Caden Piper, Easton Hollis, Dewitt, Benjamin Adams, and Peyton Landry each had hits. Hebert hit a single and Logan Elrod knocked in a run with a shot off of the left center field fence in the first inning.

Gonzales beat Moss Bluff behind pitching from Ramsey, Hebert and Dewitt in the second game. Landry, Benjamin Parker, Hollis, McInnis and Dewitt all hit singles while Hebert, Hollis, McInnis and Adams all had doubles and Piper hit two triples. Landon Boudreaux had a great defensive play from the outfield to save a run. 

Gonzales took an 8-1 lead in the second inning over Shreveport, who later hit two home runs but could not overcome the deficit. Singles by Landry, Hebert, Hollis, McInnis and Boudreaux and a double by Landry help put the game out of reach. Ramsey,  Hebert and Dewitt pitched for the win.

Next year as 10-year-old All-Stars, this nucleus of boys will represent Gonzales in the 2010 World Series.