WACO, Texas — Big innings and crooked numbers ran rampant during the stay at the Southwest Regional for the North Boulder Little League All-Stars.
No lead was safe during their 2016 journey, and for the Wildcats it resulted in some exciting games, to be true. However, after losing a lead and a heartbreaker to New Mexico on Saturday night, North Boulder couldn't fully overcome a rough first inning on Sunday against Mississippi to cause the end of their run in this year's tournament.
Starkville scored seven runs in the opening stanza, and after the Wildcats climbed to within 7-6 by the third inning the Mississippi team added four more runs in the fourth as part of an eventual 16-6 win at Waco's Norcross Stadium.
North Boulder (1-2 for the tournament) had eight hits but left the bases loaded in the fifth inning with a chance to creep back in the contest yet again.
Alex Rucker and AJ Armstrong each had three hits. and Armstrong drove in three of the runs to highlight North Boulder's hitting. Derek Woolwine also had two hits and an RBI, and Henry Burke had an RBI.
Cole Gonzales had a big game for Mississippi, and it was his first inning grand slam that helped Starkville (2-1) bound ahead. After losing 3-1 to New Mexico to start the tournament, Mississippi continues to work its way back into the winner's bracket. Texas West, Mississippi, New Mexico and Louisiana are the four remaining teams.
Little League Southwest Regional
Starkville LL (MS) 16, North Boulder LL 6 (5 inn.)
At Norcross Stadium
Boulder 024 00 — 6 8 0
Starkville 700 45 — 16 7 0
L — Conroy.
Boulder hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Conroy 1-0-0-0, Stafford 1-0-0-0, Booth 1-0-0-0, Barr 1-0-0-0, Zirk 0-1-0-0, Souvignier 2-1-0-0, Rucker 3-2-3-0, Armstrong 3-2-3-3, Woolwine 2-0-2-1, Boselli 3-0-0-0, Burke 2-0-0-1, Harman 1-0-0-0, Sunderland 3-0-0-0. 2B —Woolwine, Armstrong. 3B —Rucker.
Boulder pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Conroy 0.1-1-5-5-3-1, Stafford 0.0-1-2-2-2-0, Souvignier 2.2-1-2-2-2-2, Armstrong 1-3-2-2-1-0, Boselli 0.1-0-5-5-5-0, Zirk 0.1-1-0-0-0-1.