Blooming Grove Black captures TTAB Boys 14U state tourney championship
Unexpected heavy rainfall last Monday delayed the start of the Texas Teenage Association of Baseball Boys 14U state tournament that was to begin here.
However, the hot weather and lots of sunshine made its return to get the ball rolling on Tuesday.
Groesbeck Mayhugh - finished second in the Brazos Valley League this season - and the BVL first place team, the Axtell Rangers, represented BVL in the tournament.
Mayhugh ended their glorious season after suffering their second loss of the tourney to the Early Orange.
Axtell fell in the first round, but defeated the Roscoe Astros in the loser’s bracket. They ended up losing their second game of the tourney to the Early Orange as well.
The winner of the 2017 TTAB Boys 14U state tournament was the Blooming Grove Black, who came into the tournament undefeated this season. The Black suffered their first loss in the second round to Grand Saline. Blooming Grove won four consecutive games to move into the championship game against Alto. From there the Blacks beat the Alto team twice to capture the championship. Alto ended up as the runner-up, finishing 4-2 in the tournament.
BVL teams and Mexia Baseball and Softball Association teams competed in some of the other TTAB tournaments around the state.
In the Boys 6U T-ball state tournament in Belton, the Mexia (Franklin) Lil Blackcats, District VII runner-up, Axtell Longhorns, District VIII runner-up and the District VII champion Bosqueville Aces competed.
Mexia and Axtell went out early. Bosqueville won their first game over Axtell, but dropped the second one, putting them into the loser’s bracket.
The Aces managed to defeat the Troy Mudcats, Buffalo Bison, Belton Wildcats and Mineola Dragons and were one game of making it to the championship before falling to eventual state champ, the Belton Bats - who also climbed out of the loser’s bracket to take the crown.
In the Boys 8U Coach Pitch tournament, the Bosqueville Rangers (District IV runner-up) made it to the third round before suffering their first loss of the tournament. The Troup Renegades handed them their second loss, ending the Rangers season.
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