VPGSA gets great representation at PONY World Series
YOUNGSVILLE AND BROUSSARD -- It has been a wild ride for both the 10U and 8U Ville Platte Girl’s Softball Association All-Stars this past summer.
The two teams did an amazing job over the course of the season, taking home some hardware along the way. The play of the All-Stars did not diminish throughout the year, as the players gave everything they had out on the field.
That “leave it out on the field” spirit did not wain this past weekend either, as both squads made a splash at the PONY World Series, despite numerous weather delays and the movement of games throughout the weekend.
The 10U All-Stars came to battle all-comers at the World Series with a squad made up mostly of nine-year old players. However, that did not phase Ville Platte, as they came one step away from advancing to the final four bracket.
The All-Stars began the tournament in pool play and finished that segment of the World Series with a record of 2-1. Ville Platte then turned to bracket play, where they made a run for the chance at a title.
In the first bracket game, the All-Stars used a four run first inning to take down Mancahaca, Texas 11-7. Ville Platte led 4-3 after one inning of play, but Mancahaca tied the game up at 6-6 heading into the third inning.
The All-Stars shut down Mancahaca the rest of the way, while producing a single run in the third, three runs in the fourth and a solo run in the fifth to seal the win.
It was all Ville Platte in the second bracket game, as the All-Stars rolled past San Benito, Texas 9-1 to advance on in the winner’s bracket. Ville Platte took an early 2-1 lead after one inning of play, but piled up the points in the fourth inning, scoring eight more times.
The All-Stars turned right around and secured a close 6-5 win over Georgetown, Texas. With that win, Ville Platte now only needed two more wins to advance on to the final four bracket.
Unfortunately for the All-Stars, their luck and offensive production ran out, as they fell 8-0 to NORMOYLE Park out of San Antonio, Texas in their next bracket game. A four hour rain delay followed that contest; a rain delay that did not work out in the favor of Ville Platte.
The All-Stars followed up their first bracket loss with a hard-fought 6-2 loss to McAllen, Texas. With that defeat, Ville Platte dropped out of tournament play.
The 8U Coach Pitch All-Stars’ path went a little different than the 10U All-Stars. After starting out 1-2 in pool play, Ville Platte righted the ship in their first bracket game against Kaplan, picking up an 11-1 win over the Vermilion Parish squad.
In that contest, Ville Platte took a 3-1 lead after only one inning of play. The All-Stars plated a single run in the second inning and followed that up with six more runs in the third to secure the win.
The second bracket game against Rayne was a game of ups and downs for Ville Platte. The All-Stars