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DYB 10U, 12U All-Stars end season at Regional Tourney

RUSTON -- The Ville Platte Dixie Youth Minor and Major All-Stars both had tremendous seasons.
Unfortunately, both of those seasons came to an end this past weekend as the two squads each fell in the South Regional Tournament.
The tournament, which was postponed for a week due to the effects of Hurricane Barry, finally got off the ground beginning last Thursday. Barry not only moved back the date of the tournament, but also moved the location, as the tournament was supposed to take place in Morgan City.
Despite the delay and the relocation, the Minor All-Stars made the most of their regional appearance making it to the final game. The Major All-Stars did not fair as well, falling out of the tournament after the second game.
The Minor All-Stars began play in the tournament with a close 4-3 win over Pineville. Ville Platte then faced the eventual champion, Lakeshore, in game two.
Against the New Orleans based club, Ville Platte was held to zero runs until the sixth inning in a 5-1 loss. Lakeshore picked up two runs in the second and five runs in the third.
After the Lakeshore loss, the All-Stars moved to the loser’s bracket where they took on West Carroll. The Ville Platte bats came alive for this game, as the “boys in blue” racked up 11 hits in an 10-2 win.
That victory put Ville Platte one step closer to the championship game, but first they had to get past Bossier City. With a shot at the title game on the line, the All-Stars busted the bats out once again and took down Bossier City 11-5.
Now all Ville Platte had to do was wait for the outcome of the Lakeshore/Franklin match-up. A Lakeshore win and Ville Platte would have to defeat the team that defeated them earlier in the tournament twice to advance on to state.
A Franklin win meant that three teams would have a loss and the coaches would have to draw to see which team received a bye and which teams had to face each other for the right to move on the title game.
Franklin came away with the win, producing a three way tie. When the time came for the draw, Ville Platte secured the bye and awaited the re-

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