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THE JENA TIMES OUa-Tullos-Urania Signal 1B [ WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 17, 2011 II00IF JIF00I II00IS OLLA-TULLOS-URANIA SIGNAL Jena 12-year old All-Stars win North Regional Championship Falls short of representing state at Dixie Youth World Series The Jena Twelve Year-Old Dixie Youth Majors All Stars recently competed in the North Regional Louisiana Di- xie Youth State Tournament in Monroe, Louisiana, held the week of July 29 - August 2, 2010, where they won the state regional championship. As a result, the Jena con- tingent advanced to play Ville Platte for the right to repre- ,sent Louisiana at the Dixie Youth World Series in North Carolina. Although the Jena team did not prevail in the fi- nals, it was a great experience '.for the boys, and they will be remembered for their accom- plishments as ballplayers and ;young men as one of the most uccessful groups of athletes in Jena Dixie Youth history. The postseason trek start- led at the W.ard Ten Recreation District in Tioga at the Dis- !trict 8 Tournament on July 21, 2011. The tournament ,Was a "round robin" format, Where all of the teams played each other, and the champion would be the team with the best record from the pool of teams competing. In the first game, Jena defeated Alexan- dria 10-0 in a game shortened o four innings because of the ,ten run rule". Jena's starting pitcher, Eli Stringer, pitched a com- plete game no-hitter, facing just three over the minimum number of batters. The Jena team banged out twelve hits, four for extra bases, includ- ing a homerun to right center- field by Darien-Jones. Jacob Peters added a single and a triple. Jena's next game was scheduled against the South Sabine All Stars. However, South Sabine withdrew from the tournament, and Jena won the contest by forfeit. Jena next faced the North- west LaSalle All Stars in the third game of pool play. The Jena contingent started slow- ly, stifled by the gutsy pitch- ing of Seth Mills, and scored only one run in the first two innings. In the third inning, however, Jena's bats came alive, netting seven runs on seven hits. The inning was highlight- ed by a mammoth homerun by'Parker Fink. In the top of the fourth, Jena tacked on two more runs to extend their lead. As a result, Jena won 10-0 in four innings. As the score would indicate, Jena's offense was hitting on all cyl- inders in this game, as all but two of Jena's twelve bat- ters reached base safely in the game. Jena's hitting was only surpassed by the no-hit pitching of right hander Craig Walker. The final game of the dis- trict tournament matched Jena and the host team, Ward Ten, and the winner would advance to the state regional tournament in Monroe. On paper, the teams appeared to be evenly matched. However, the visiting Jena squad took advantage of the erratic pitch- ing of the Ward Ten starter and pieced together three runs in the top of the first in- ning. Ward Ten struck back for one in the bottom of the frame. However, that was as close as Ward Ten would come, as Jena tacked on four runs in the second, and one run each in the third and fourth, and two runs in the sixth. Ward Ten added a meaningless run in the fifth to account for the final score of 11-2 in favor of Jena. Casey Valentine reached base all four times he bat- ted, including a triple and single, and D. J. Major and Shaundarius Todd, in addi- tion to making several fabu- lous catches in the outfield during the district and state tournaments, each went one for one to help fuel the Jena attack. As a result of this win, for the second year in a row, Jena won the District Eight championship, and advanced to Monroe for the North Loui- siana Regional State Dixie Youth Tournament. The North Louisiana Re- gional State Tournament was an eight team tournament, consisting of the host team Monroe and district champi- ons and/or runners up from around the state. The eight teams were scheduled to par- ticipate in a double elimina- The Jena 12-year-old AILStars recently won the state regional championship in Monroe and advanced to play Ville Platte for the right to represent Louisiana at the Dixie Youth World Series in North Carolina. Although the team did not prevail in the finals, it was a great experience for the boys. Team members shown above include: front row, from left, batboy Spencer Valentine, Darian Jones, D. J. Major, Aaron Moreno, Eli Stringer, Shaundarius Todd, and Casey Valentine; back row, Craig Walker, Josh Feirn, Jacob Peters, Parker Fink, JaRay Jenkins, and Lamar Farris; Coach Duane/vloreno, Head Coach Donnie Valentine and Coach Chris Peters. (Not shown - Collin Stringer and Levi Stringer.) tion format. In the first game, account for the final score of Jena was paired with District 7-4. For Jena, the offensive Four champion, Bossier City. hero was Jacob Peters, who Jena jumped out to an belted two homeruns and ac- early lead of 5-2, and Josh counted for three runs batted Feirn handcuffed the Bossier m. City nine over the first five innings, allowing two runs. Bossier City added two runs in the bottom of the sixth, to Jena next faced Girard Recreation District from New Orleans in the winner's bracket game of the tourna- ment. Jena fell behind early, as they ran into a buzz saw in the Girard hitters. After the first two batters were retired on three pitches, Girard's bats came alive, as two ofthe next three batters hit homeruns. Girard quickly ran the score to 8-2 after two and one half innings, but the scrappy Jena team battled back and nar- rowed the score to 9-7 after completing the fourth inning. However, that was as close as the Jena club would get, as it lost 16-9. The game was clearly draining on the Jena team, as, with the temperature Continued on next page Members of the Jena 12-year-old All-Stars team hoist the North Regional Louisiana Dixie Youth State Tournament championship trophy in the air after they had won the honors in Monroe, August 2nd. The win advanced the team to a state playoff series with Ville Platte for the opportunity to represent Louisiana at the Dixie Youth World Series in North Carolina. t HON[ELAN Federal Savings [SANK 7480 Hwv 165 Columbia * 649-6124 3491 South First Street * Jena * 992-0405