Of the 17 local Little League teams that qualified to the Area tournaments, only one advanced to the District 18 tournament this week.
There were two local teams in the Area 1 tournament hosted at Wharton, with West Columbia and Brazoria both losing early in the tournament.
West Columbia lost its opener, 11-0, to Lamar American, and Brazoria was beaten by Boling, 13-3. Brazoria was then eliminated by West Columbia, 16-1, who then was eliminated by Wharton 18-8 to end its run. Wharton won the Area 1 Tournament.
In the Area 2 tourney hosted by El Campo, Sweeny was the only local team and put up a good fight. After beating Tidehaven ,19-9, in the opener, the Sweeny All-stars were blanked by Needville, 15-0. Sweeny then won back-to-back elimination games against East Bernard, 10-2, and Palacios, 11-10. They met their end against El Campo, 11-1. Needville went unbeaten and won the tourney.
The Area 3 tournament in Sugar Land is where Angleton and Danbury competed. Angleton lost to Alvin, 3-2, in its opener and Danbury lost to Sugar Land, 13-3.
Angleton did fight back, beating West Sugar Land, 14-4, Rosenberg, 12-1, and Sugar Land, 18-4, in elimination games. They reached the championship round but once again lost to Alvin, 8-7.
Danbury was eliminated in its second game of the tournament by Rosenberg, 23-12.
Finally, in the Area 4 Tournament, Freeport and Lake Jackson were part of the action.
Freeport was eliminated after losing its first two games to Brazos, 23-19, and Bay City, 10-3.
But Lake Jackson took it all the way to the final game of the tournament. The Lake Jackson All-stars beat Bay City, 18-8, and Lamar National, 12-10, but then lost to that same Lamar National team in consecutive games, 13-4 and 16-6, to wind up second overall.
There were only two Area tournaments in this age group with Lake Jackson, Sweeny and West Columbia representing the area.
West Columbia opened the tournament with an 8-2 victory against Sweeny. Lake Jackson lost to Rosenberg, 5-3, in its opener.
In the second round, West Columbia lost to Rosenberg, 14-2, to head to the elimination round. Lake Jackson eliminated Sweeny 4-3.
West Columbia and Lake Jackson faced each other in an elimination contest with the West Columbia All-stars edging Lake Jackson, 7-6. Rosenberg eliminated West Columbia in the championship round with a 12-7 victory in eight innings.
West Columbia came out quick on Rosenberg, taking a 3-0 lead in the first inning with back-to-back singles from Connor Gotcher and Cade Thoe. Luke Breazeale then reached on an error to plate Gotcher. Bradley Gilliam singled to right field to drive in Thoe and Breazeale.
Leading 3-2 after three frames, West Columbia got its bats going again in the fourth with Braden Gilliam leading off with a single. Kingston Stanford also got a single down the right-field line with Braden Gilliam moving to third base. Creighton Westbrook drove in Braden Gilliam, 4-2 and advanced Stanford to second base. Gotcher’s grounder to the shortstop would be mishandled, knocking in Stanford, 5-2. Brody Sills added to the scoring as Rosenberg’s catcher attempted to throw out Gotcher swiping second base. Thoe would drive in Gotcher, giving West Columbia a three-run lead. Bradley Gilliam and Breazeale also added hits in that inning.
Rosenberg tied it up in the sixth and won in the eighth inning. They will represent at the District 18 tournament.
Gotcher, Thoe, Reagan Russell and Westbrook all pitched for West Columbia.
There were four Area tournaments in this age group, with Angleton hosting Area 1. The Angleton All-stars won the tournament with victories against Boling, 10-0, Palacios, 9-2, and Palacios again, 12-4, to earn the championship.
Danbury was also in this tournament, losing its opener, 9-2, to Brazos. In the elimination round, Danbury beat Van Vleck, 5-3, and Brazos, 10-7, before being eliminated by Palacios, 8-6.
Lake Jackson played in the Area 2 tourney in Sugar Land, beating Bay City, 6-3, in the opener and then Sugar Land 20-0.
But then they lost to Lamar National, 13-1, and headed to the elimination round. Lake Jackson defeated Alvin, 13-3, to get to the championship round but were eliminated by Lamar National, 6-2, who were the eventual champs of Area 3.
Sweeny hosted Area 3 but were bested by a solid Needville bunch.
Tidehaven took care of Brazoria, 11-4, in the opener with West Columbia losing to Needville, 16-0. Freeport lost to Sweeny, 20-2, in its opener.
In the second round, Brazoria eliminated West Columbia, 13-3, and Freeport eliminated Tidehaven. Sweeny was shut out in the winner’s bracket by Needville, 13-0.
In another elimination contest, Brazoria topped Freeport, 17-9, but then lost to Sweeny, 8-2.
The Sweeny All-stars played in the championship round but were ousted by Needville, 8-2.
Rosenberg hosted the Area 4 tournament but no local teams competed, and El Campo claimed that championship.
As the only local team to advance to a District 18 tournament, the 10-12 All-stars from Angleton next play Thursday in Rosenberg.
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