Gonzales 14’s All-Stars eliminated in Dixie World Series

Staff reports
Teams participating in the Dixie Boys World Series, including Gonzales’ 14-year-old All-Stars representing Louisiana, take part in opening ceremonies at Shaver Recreation Complex in Seneca, S.C. Friday.

SENCECA, S.C. – The Gonzales Dixie Boys 14-year-old All-Star team was eliminated Sunday from the Dixie Boys World Series Tournament at the Shaver Recreation Complex after two losses to West Seminole, Fla and McNairy County, Tenn.

Seneca rolled out the red carpet for the 12 teams competing including teams from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia with all the pageantry and fanfare you would anticipate a World Series to offer.

The city picked up each team in their own CAT bus and with a police escort drove them to Cross Creek Plantation for a steak dinner. Then the teams loaded back on the buses and went to the Complex for pictures and more festivities.

The guest speaker for the opening ceremonies was former Seneca High School standout and Major League pitcher Britt Reames, who gave an inspirational talk to the teams and wished them well in the upcoming tournament.

“This is my fifth World Series and we fought real hard to get here by winning a very difficult state tournament,” Gonzales head coach Olin Berthelot told Seneca’s Daily Journal. “I’m excited and I know my team is excited about playing here in Seneca. The complex looks great and you can tell that people have worked hard on these fields to make them look so good.”

Alabama went on to win the World Series with a 5-3 victory over host Seneca in the 10th inning of the championship game Wednesday afternoon. The Auburn University - Montgomery team went undefeated through the tournament with a 6-0 record.

The Gonzales 14-year-old All-Stars won the District 2 Championship in Ponchatoula before winning the State Championship in Sulphur with a 6-5 victory over Bossier City to advance to the World Series.

Brandon Leskanic, son of former LSU and MLB pitcher Curt Leskanic, held Gonzales to just one hit in a 9-0 victory Saturday striking out six over a complete seven innings.

West Seminole got seven hits off Gonzales’ pitchers led by Dominic Zanca who was 3 for 3 with double and triple to go with five RBIs.

Josh Melugin got Louisiana’s lone hit off Leskanic and Chaz Haydel stole a base after getting hit.

Colby Soileau took the loss surrendering four runs on one hit and two walks over one inning. Austin King also pitched two 2/3 innings giving up one run on one hit and three walks striking out one, while Devin Speligene pitched two innings surrendering two runs on five hits and one walk striking out one and Anthony Acardo gave up two runs on two walks in 1/3 inning.

John Reed Odom picked up the win in Game Two for Tennessee striking out five over three innings giving up just two hits. Jaylin Kendall also struckout four in three innings not surrendering a hit, while Nathan Benson closed out Gonzales striking out two in one inning.

Justin Roberts was 2 for 3 with one run, while Josh Chappell was 1 for 3 with four RBIs and two runs and Benson was 1 for 2 with two RBIs and one run.

Soileau and Acardo got the only hits for Gonzales.

Speligene took the loss surrendering four runs on three hits and no walks while striking out three over four 2/3 innings. King gave up four runs on four hits and one walk striking out one over one 2/3 innings.