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Belton Bees, Cubs find tough road at TTAB State Playoffs

By Tony Adams

 Sports Editor

  The Belton Youth Baseball Association and District 5 winners in the Belton Bees and Belton Cubs each found the win column a single time, but found the loss column twice leading to early exits from the Texas Teenage Baseball Association State Playoffs.

 The Bees, the T-Ball District 5 Champions, played last week in Emory. Following a first round bye, the Bees played the Kerens Bobcats. Kerens, fresh off of their victory over the Emory Texans, dealt the Bees their first loss by the narrowest of margins, 26-25 over the Bees. The loss forced the Bees to swarm into the losers’ bracket to take on the May Storm. Kerens finished as the state tournament runner-up to the Van Pump Jacks.

May, who dropped Axtell in the first losers’ bracket game, exited the tournament in the next round. The Bees stung the Storm for 24 runs in their 24-17 victory to advance to the second round against the Hillsboro Black Hawks.

The Black Hawks and Bees went back and forth on the scoreboard. The Black Hawks suppressed the sting of the Belton offense and showed the Bees the door with a 23-17 win. The Bees returned to Belton with an 8-2 regular season mark in the BYBA T-Ball National League, good for second place and a District 5 Championship trophy.

 The Cubs, BYBA’s Freshman National League Champion, Belton Invitational Champion and District 5 Champion, traveled to Ennis in pursuit of a TTAB State Championship.

 On the first night of play, the Cubs took on the Malakoff Mudcats. The Mudcats, who defeated Clifton to start the tournament, fell to the Cubs 11-5. The victory by the Cubs bought the team a day off on day two of the tournament.

 Day three brought the DeKalb Rangers into the Cubs den. DeKalb, who knocked the Copperas Cove Diamondbacks into the losers’ bracket on the second day. The Rangers answered the Cubs call and dropped Belton 5-4. The loss knocked the Cubs into the losers’ bracket quarterfinals.

 DeKalb went on to appear in the finals against the Troup Rattlers, but finished second to the Rattlers overall.

 Belton played Mexia in the losers’ bracket quarterfinals. The two teams battled hard throughout the game. But Mexia overtook the Cubs late and knocked Belton from the tournament 4-3.

    The Cubs finished fifth overall in state. They  enjoyed a perfect league season, Belton Invitational and District 5 Playoff run.