Little League All-Star play has begun in Texas District 36, the new home for Lamar, Needville and Rosenberg National Little Leagues.
The three area leagues have quickly left their mark during area play that started over the weekend. Here is a closer look at each bracket:
Danbury is in the driver’s seat with wins over Brazoswood (15-5) and Angleton (11-9) to open tournament play. Danbury will get a rematch with Angleton after the future Wildcats beat Brazoswood 7-1 on Sunday to return to the winners’ bracket. The area championship will take place at Brazoswood Little League on Monday, with a final area game on Tuesday if Angleton wins Monday’s contest.
In Area 2, Needville and Rosenberg National will battle for the top spot after both teams win on Sunday. Needville beat Lamar 13-3 while Rosenberg won 10-0 over Brazoria. All three area teams will play on Monday night in Rosenberg.
In the Needville-Lamar game, the two teams were scoreless through two innings before the offense exploded over the final three innings.
Needville collected 15 hits in 27 at-bats including two doubles from Michael Raven. Jagger McRae, Easton Ondruch and Raven each collected three hits. Raven drove in six runs by himself.
Donnie Jablonski, Ondruch and Easton Benge combined to allow three earned runs on six hits over five innings on the mound, striking out eight and walking three.
For Lamar, Parker Schwank collected two hits and an RBI while Keaton Blahuta walked twice. Will Dawson and Schwank both hit a double. Luke Godwin stole two bases.
In the 11-and-under division, Area 1’s top teams are Lamar and Brazoswood. Lamar beat Alvin 21-4 and Sugar Land 26-1, while Brazoswood edged out Rosenberg 9-8 and Angleton 10-5.
Rosenberg lost another one-run game to Sugar Land, 14-13, to end their tournament run.
Lamar and Brazoswood will play in the winners’ bracket on Monday at Angleton Little League. The loser of that game will play the winner of Monday’s Angleton-Sugar Land game.
For the Major All-Stars, the Area 1 finals is set with Lamar facing Alvin. The future Yellowjackets beat Sugar Land twice, 7-3 and 7-0, to set the final contest with Lamar. Lamar has already beat Alvin 9-3 on Saturday at George Park. The Lamar-Alvin game will be played Monday in Richmond, with a second game on Tuesday if Alvin wins.
Brandon Barrett, Derrick Lee and Kayden Bransky each collected two hits for Lamar. Barrett hit a home run while Lee, Roy Greene and Matthew Mitchell each hit a double.
Lamar took advantage of five errors by Lamar while Dawson Ho (2.0 IP), Barrett (2.0 IP), Lee (1.0) and Zachery Caraway (1.0 IP) allowed two earned runs on three hits over six innings. Ho and Barrett combined to strike out 10 over four innings.
In Area 2, Needville is on top after beating Brazoswood 11-0 and Angleton 5-0. Needville needs one more win over Brazoswood after the future Exporters beat Angleton 5-2 to move back to the winners’ bracket. The Needville-Brazoswood game will be Monday at George Park in Richmond. A final game will be played Tuesday if Brazoswood wins on Monday.
Lamar is the Area 1 50/70 Intermediate champion after West Sugar Land bowed out of the tournament. Lamar will play the District 31 winner on Monday at George Park in a three-game series.
The Needville Juniors opened up the Area 1 tournament with a 13-3 win over Lamar. Rosenberg will play Needville next with the loser set to face Lamar. The game will be on Monday at Rosenberg Little League. Lamar will next play on Tuesday.
Brazos and East Bernard Little Leagues remained in Texas District 18 after the shuffle against familiar foes like El Campo, Wharton, Sweeny, Palacios and Tidehaven.
In Area 1 for the 10-and-under all-stars, East Bernard beat Brazos 22-6 before the future Brahmas lost 6-1 to El Campo.
Brazos rebounded with a win over Tidehaven, 13-4, to get a rematch with East Bernard.
East Bernard lost both its games in the Major bracket, 14-10 to Wharton and 6-4 to Tidehaven.