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|Team wins second at state tourney|
The 12-year-old All-Star team from West Ouachita represented the area with a second-place finish in the state tournament recently that was hosted by the West Ouachita Little League Association.
Calhoun played host to a handful of the best little league teams the state of Louisiana had the offer in 2009.
"Our kids have been playing together a long time," West Ouachita head coach James Freeman said. "They were real excited to have the tournament at the same fields they grew up playing on and playing together."
West Ouachita certainly earned their way to the second-place finish. West Ouachita drew South Lake Charles in the first round. South Lake Charles has won eight of the last 10 12 year-old state tournaments at the Little League level.
South Lake Charles had some early offensive momentum and kept the defensive pressure turned up against West Ouachita all evening long to record the 5-0 win over the home team.
"We were proud of the way they competed," Freeman said. "The kids played hard all week."
South Lake Charles went on to win the tournament and now has a chance to improve upon their third-place finish at the Little League World Series in New York last summer.
West Ouachita bounced back from their first round loss by reeling off three consecutive wins over the next week.
West Ouachita ripped Evangeline Parish 13-1 the following day before manhandling the All-Star team from Alexandria by a score of 10-1.
The semi-final round saw the West Ouachita squad come back from a 4-0 deficit to beat Shreveport 5-4.
The offense got a spark from a Dillon Tolbird home run and eventually hit three consecutive long balls in the inning that led to the demise of the Shreveport squad.
Tolbird and Hunter Freeman were the biggest offensive threats in the tournament for West Ouachita and Freeman hit a pair of home runs to pace the West Ouachita offensive onslaught.
The championship round came with a familiar foe on the other side as South Lake Charles stood between the West Ouachita All-Star team and the next step toward the Little League World Series.
South Lake Charles got off to a quick offensive start and went on to win the title by a score of 13-3.
No West Ouachita team had ever finished higher at state than third before this season. The team finished fourth in 2008 before being knocked out of contention.