Center Lion’s Club Ballpark, Saturday, July 7, 2018 –
Twenty-one teams from Texas have arrived in Center to take part in three Dixie League State Baseball Tournaments being played at Center Lion’s Club Ballpark. Two Divisions, the Ozone Division II South Regional State Tournament and the Ozone Div. I Tournament, will be decided by Saturday. The Dixie State Junior Tournament, playing a ‘Round-Robin Format’, will be decided on Wednesday, June 11, 2018.
Saturday’s action started early and saw Eustace take an 11-0 decision over Central in Ozone Division II play.
In Dixie Junior 13 years old and under action, Hudson took an early 3-0 lead. Huntington cut the Hudson Hornet lead to 3-2 by the end of the top half of the third inning. Hudson’s Kaden Brasher doubled and later scored to help extend Hudson’s lead to 4-2 in the bottom of the third inning.
A big fourth inning, which included a two run homer by Isaac Wallis, saw the Hudson team extend their lead to 9-2. Huntington fought back with four runs in the top of the fifth inning. This cut the Hornet’s lead to three runs at 6-9.
Hudson scored two unearned runs in the bottom of the fifth inning and took an 11-6 lead. The five-point lead held up due to some explosive pitching by closing pitcher Isaac Wallis who set down the Huntington Red Devil batting order in 1-2-3 fashion during the final inning.
No local teams are left in this weekend’s tournament but Center Dixie President Jason Mitchell, along with Vice-President Robby Dubea and a dozen volunteers, have their hands full hosting 21 teams from Livingston, Eustace, Huntington, Corsicana, Henderson, Palestine, LaPorte, Bullard, Hudson, West Rusk, Central, Trie-Cities, Anuhac, Chapel Hill, Malakoff, Brownsville, and Onalaska. Some of these towns have multiple teams in different divisions.