Ruston, La - The Texas (Bullard) 12-U All-Stars fought until the end, but came up short on Wednesday evening, falling 6-5 to Alabama in Game 5 of the Dixie Youth “O” Zone World Series.
Trailing 5-3 to start the sixth inning catcher Dylan Fowler reached on a error to ignite a rally. Trey Martin doubled on a line drive to right field, scoring Brayden Vining, who was running for Fowler. Layne Alexander laid down a well-placed sacrifice bunt to move Martin over to third. Gage Brown then came in to run for Martin. With two outs, Crew Bowman singled on a hard ground ball to left field. Brown scored to tie the game.
With two outs and a runner on third in the bottom of the sixth inning, Texas gave up the winning run to bring their season to a close.
The Texas All-Stars were the true meaning of a team. All 12 players contributed greatly to the success of this team. Traeson Wynne, Alexander, Bowman, Martin, Nolan Hable and Noah Lock were all leaders on the mound. Ben Coke, Vining and Brown were threats on the base paths and scored some very important runs. Fowler was a beast behind the plate and caught every inning of the World Series. Jachin Salas was solid in the infield and played a great role as lead off hitter. Lex Rich led the team in batting average during the Series and had some crucial hits.
The team was coached by Andy Alexander, Jeff Coke & Dustin Wynne.
"I have never, ever coached a group of boys that have been more together and more selfless than this group. They are a special group of kids," head coach Alexander said.
The Texas All-Stars finished the season with a 24-2 record. They were the District 9 Champions, the Texas South Regional Champions, Texas State Champions and ended the season with a third place finish at the Dixie Youth World Series.