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Tyler County Booster - Local News
Stories Added - July 2009
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12 Yr Old All-Stars World Series Bound
Tyler County Booster - July 2009

Tyler County 12 Year Old All-Stars continued their amazing run through the state baseball bracket, winning State honors and sending them to the World Series event.

Last week the All-Stars were undefeated at press time and awaiting the winner of the Center/Panola game. Center, one of the top teams in the tournament and winners

22-2 of a scrimmage less than a month earlier against Tyler County beat Panola setting up what was to be a memorable rematch.

The All-Stars jumped out to a quick 1- 0 lead only to watch Panola bounce back and grab a 2-1 lead. Better known as the Cardiac Kids, this squad would not be denied.

Behind the near perfect pitching performance of Ethan Franklin and some timely hitting, the Tyler County All-Stars squeezed out a 3-2 win sending Center to the loser’s bracket. Huntington was up next for the unbeaten All-Stars and this time, Tyler County would leave no doubt as to whom the better team was. Sam Matterson, Tate Gore, and Justin Stewart were just a few of the bats that put Huntington on the wrong end of a 13 -2 score. Meanwhile Center was fighting
its way back through the loser’s bracket and so when Thursday night rolled around, it was Center versus Tyler County once more. This was the championship moment for which Johnny Hensarling, Tracy Franklin, and Jerry Nugent had been preparing this team.

They say that when it comes to winning championships, it’s the little things that matter
most. This game proved the old saying true once more. The little tweak in this game was a change in the batting order. Normally, team manager Hensarling likes to space his big bats apart so that there is power everywhere but in this game he put two of his big guns back to back. Ethan Franklin and Sam Matterson rewarded the move with back to back solo home runs to nearly the same spot in centerfield, giving Tyler County the lead going into the bottom of the seventh. Center loaded the bases and threatened to pull out a last at-bat victory until the All-Stars called Marqui Jackson and his off speed pitches out of the bullpen. After striking out the first batter, Jackson induced the next batter to send a pop up down the third base line. Sam Matterson squeezed the ball and then was able to outrace the Center runner back to the bag for a game ending double play, sending the All-Stars on to Laurel Mississippi and a World Series berth.

This group of 12 year olds is the first Tyler County team to make it to a world series since 1977 and the first ever in their age bracket to make it this far. One of the things that makes this run all the more remarkable is that most of Tyler County’s players do not play select ball and the team was not put together until after the regular season was finished. This is a true All-Star team rewarding the players for their hard work during the season.

Congratulations Josh Hensarling, Tyler Walker, Tayler Walker, Tate Gore, Zach Bryan, Justin Stewart, Cole Lowery, Chris Thedford,

Sam Matterson, Ethan Franklin, Logan White, and Marqui Jackson.

World Series Game 1 takes place at 6 p.m. on Saturday, August 8 against the Arkansas
representative. This 12 team double elimination tournament features some of the best players from across the south and lower Midwest.

You can be a part this record-setting season by sending a contribution to Tyler
County Youth Baseball. All tax-deductible contributions
will help support the teams during their 5 game stay at the World Series. . Mail your check or money order to:

Tyler County All-Stars
c/o Johnny Hensarling
177 CR 2050
Woodville, TX 75979


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