Looking to continue advancing in the Little League 10- to 12-year-old age group, the Angleton All-Stars will start the District 18 Tournament today at the Seaborne Creek Regional Sports Complex in Rosenberg.
An incomplete team played and won the Area 1 Tournament by going 4-0, finishing with back-to-back wins against Palacios, 12-4 and 9-2.
“I was real pleased with all of the kids because they hit the ball,” Angleton 10-12 manager PJ Beaty said. “We also had three of our upper kids who were gone to a World Series in Florida. So we had three real good pitchers who had to pitch lights out and they did. So our pitching was lights out and we had some others who stepped up by playing in different positions and playing error-free baseball.”
Those pitchers PJ Beaty mentioned were Kade Dobbs, Ryland Brown and Braxton Beaty. Dobbs and Braxton Beaty, both lefties, were the pitchers who got wins against Palacios.
“My son is Braxton and he was the one who pitched the championship game and he struck out 10 with only two hits,” PJ Beaty said. “Palacios was pretty good, but both of those pitchers shut them down.”
The three players who missed last week’s action, Ethan Celedon, Emilio Canchola and Jacob Del Hierro, will bring another dimension to the team, according to PJ Beaty.
“Of those three players, two of them are our starting pitchers, so they throw hard and are also are our starting shortstop and our starting third baseman,” he said. “Our whole infield is going to have a different look.”
As the home team, Angleton will open play at 6 p.m. today against Needville in another double-elimination tournament.
The Needville All-Stars went 5-0 at the Area 3 tournament in Sweeny.
“They have a big guy who is throwing about 75 or 76 and he looks like a grown man,” PJ Beaty said of Needville’s Cedric McClintock. “But with our pitchers back, it should be a good game. I don’t know what kind of pitching they saw, but hopefully we have some pitchers who can keep up with him. Like in the Major Leagues, I am not going to allow one person beat us, so we are going to do whatever we have to do to keep him off the bases.”
Practicing has been hard for Angleton, especially with the rains in the area.
“We hit the D-3 last night for batting practice, and I found a basketball court out on the west side where we can go practice tonight,” PJ Beaty said. “But we are at full force now and with them coming in, we are a brand new team. We are going to be tough.”
Facing off in the game after Angleton and Needville will be Lamar National and El Campo. Lamar National won the Area 2 Tournament and El Campo won Area 4.