There will be no El Campo representation in the Little League Sectionals or State this year with all teams bowing out in Area or District competition.
In the losers bracket, in the double-elimination tournament, the El Campo senior league brokedown in the final inning and Palacios went on to beat them 9-5 Sunday evening. The loss ended the senior league’s season and was the final game of El Campo’s All-Star season in 2019.
"(The) EC Little League is very proud of each of the kids and coaches who represent our league during the All Star tournament," El Campo Little League President Shawna Wied said. "They worked hard and played very well together. We are excited to see these kids grow in the sport of baseball and softball and look forward to watching them play in the upcoming years."
El Campo went into the top of the seventh leading 4-3, three outs from advancing to a re-match with Bay City for the District championship. Palacios took advantage of errors to tie and take the lead.
Leading off the inning, Palacios hit a grounder back to the pitcher, but the ball wasn’t caught cleanly and the runner was safe at first. Palacios followed with a single over El Campo’s leaping second baseman. After a pitching change, Palacios drew a walk to load the bases.
El Campo caught a break when Palacios didn’t tag on a pop fly, giving them a chance to get out of the inning without any damage. However, a passed ball to the following Palacios batter tied the game 4-4. El Campo pulled in their fielders to try and give them a chance at the runner at third base. Palacios lifted a bloop over the shortstop, scoring two runs. Palacios went on to score three more times before El Campo was able to get out of the inning.
In the bottom of the seventh, El Campo was able to get one run back, but the lead was too much to overcome.
Palacios started off the game scoring three runs in the top of the first on a couple of El Campo errors.
The El Campo All-Stars slowly battled back, scoring a run in the bottom of the first inning. In the bottom of the fourth inning, El Campo took advantage of a Palacios pitching change and they pulled ahead scoring three runs.
The 12U All-Stars on Friday night fell to Needville in a close 2-1 game to eliminating them in District.
Tied 1-1 in the top of the sixth inning, Needville used small ball to pull ahead. Needville led off with back-to-back singles. Needville followed with a bunt to move the runners to second and third. Needville then took the lead on a ground out to second base.
El Campo put pressure on Needville in the bottom of the seventh. With one out, El Campo had runners on first and second. The big game-tieing hit didn’t come with the game ending on back-to-back pop outs.