Ruston 8u all-star team showed resiliency in World Series

Team Louisiana (Ruston American 8u) won three games during the double elimination World Series in Dothan, Alabama, last weekend.

by Malcolm Butler

After winning the Dixie Youth State title in Monroe in late July, the Ruston 8u All-Stars — aka Team Louisiana —  concluded a memorable season last weekend competing in the World Series in Dothan, Alabama.

The team earned the right to represent the entire state and competed in the 12-team World Series against teams from Mississippi, Tennessee, Alabama, Texas, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and the host team from Dothan.

Team Louisiana started the World Series with impressive wins over Tennessee 16-1 and Arkansas 14-3 in day one of the event. The squad came back on day two and split a pair of games, defeating Florida 6-3 before falling to Alabama in a heartbreaker 2-1. 

Team Louisiana saw its tournament come to an end day three with another heartbreaking loss, falling 7-6 to Mississippi. 

“In our two losses we actually out hit and made less errors than the teams that beat us,” said coach Chris Brister. “But that’s baseball and sometimes the breaks don’t fall the right way. 
“The boys were resilient and never gave up. To see it end was sad. However, earning the right to represent the state of Louisiana is something we will always cherish.”

The team represented their community and their state in fine fashion and the Lincoln Parish Journal is proud of these young boys. Team Louisiana was comprised of Titan Booth, Mayes Brister, Granger Brown, Patrick Gillum, Dayton Green, Luke Jeffries, Cale Patton, Andy Slocum, Tripp Terry, Duncan Wade, Joshua Walker and Ezekiel Wilson.

Coaches were Michael Gillum, Lead Terry, Chris Brister and John Brown Jr.