QSA Americans capture Pinto Super Regional Tournament
The team holds up the first-pace banner after the victory.
YOUNGSVILLE - The QSA Americans' 7-and-8-year old All-Stars captured the Pinto Super Regional Tournament Wednesday night.
QSA cruised to a 14-4 victory over Rayne in the finals.
By making it to the finals, Rayne and QSA qualified for the World Series that will start Wednesday back in Youngsville.
The game was stopped after the fourth innings because of the 10-run rule.
QSA head coach Brian Richard said the score may have made the game look easy, but it was not.
“It was not that it was the easiest game, we knew we had to come out and not take Rayne for granted,” said Richard. “They are a good hitting team. Tonight, they did not hit as well. We came out and hit the ball well and then let our defense do its job. It was a team effort tonight.”
Rayne came out hitting and jumped on QSA 3-0 in the first inning. But the boys from Vermilion Parish did not panic and bounced back, scoring five runs in the bottom of the first inning.
In the inning, Jack Landry had an RBI-single and Aidan Bertrand ripped a 2 RBI-double that tied it 3-3. Laytin Romero smoked a triple that put QSA ahead 5-3.
They never fell behind again.
In the third inning, Coty Broussard roped a double that scored Cade Francis to make it 6-3.
QSA blew the game open in the bottom of the third inning with five runs. In the inning, they hit four singles, one double and a triple.
William Simon led off the inning with a double and he would later score on Simon’s sac hit. Laytin Romero brought Simon home with a triple and he would score on Aiden Bourque’s RBI-single that made it 9-4.
Jayden-John Ryals capped off the inning with an RBI-single that made it 11-4.
Despite the big lead, Richard said he never felt relaxed because, “With 8 year olds, you can not feel relaxed.”
QSA put the game away in the bottom of the fourth inning. Cade Francis doubled to begin the inning.
With two men on, Jack Landry ripped a 2-RBI double to make it 13-4.
Aidan Bertrand closed out the game with an RBI-single that scored Landry and also gave QSA the 14-4 victory.
QSA won the most games of any of the 10 teams who played in the Super Regionals. They finished third in their local regional tournament in Erath the week before. They were also one of four teams who did not draw a bye in the first round.
If anyone would have predicted QSA would go 4-0 in the Super Regionals after the way it played in Erath the week before, Richard said he would not have believed it.
“I knew this team could be champions,” he said. “They always hustled and showed their ability to be good.”
Members of the Super Regional Champions are: Jack Landry, Aiden Bourque, Aidan Bertrand, William Simon, Jayden Ryals, Laytin Romero, Coty Broussard, Braxton Richard, Landyn Romero ,Cade Mickal Francis and Ian Breaux.
They are coached by manager Brian Richard, Steven Romero, Ross Simon and Brian Bertrand.