D'Ville All-Stars win Sunshine Classic

Staff Report
The Donaldsonville 10u All-Stars are from left, bottom; Aimee Prejeant, Niesha Smith, Amber Blanchard, Sidney Bordis, Julia Beck, Maggie Blanchard, Amanda Gianelloni, Emily Dupre and Sidney Falcon. Middle; Tori Keen, Kirstyn Torres, Ali Richard and Grace Villa. Top; coaches, Jude Richard, Kim Torres and John Beck.

Donaldsonville captured the 10 and under Sunshine Classic Championship this weekend hosted by the West Ascension Recreation Association.

The 3rd Annual Sunshine Classic Fast pitch Softball Tournament featured over 25 teams from throughout the state competing in age brackets 8u, 10u and 12u June 13-15. 

Under dark skies Friday night teams and crowds gathered at the fields with hopes of games starting, however, after a three-hour rain delay play was suspended. Saturday and Sunday teams competed with only a few short rain delays, and crowds were treated to competitive play in all age groups.

WARA's 10 and under All-Star squad started play Saturday morning with a dominating 15-0 win over Terrebonne, following up with a win over West Side 6-0.

Donaldsonville defeated Kenner Sunday 5-0 before facing the 2007 State Champions, 2007 Regional Champions and the 2007 National Champions, Plaquemine All-Stars. 

Donaldsonville led 2-0 throughout the game but with time about to expire and runners on second and third base with two outs, Plaquemine got a timely hit to plate two runs. 

Time expired sending the game into an international tiebreaker. Plaquemine got a runner to second but failed to cross a run. With a runner on 2nd, Plaquemine fails to score.

Donaldsonville loaded the bases a the winning run sent WARA into the championship against St. Charles, which was won 3-0.

The Sunshine Classic has grown, becoming the premier warm-up tournament for the Louisiana State Babe Ruth Championship tournament, which will be hosted for the first time by WARA in Donaldsonville, June 25-30, 2008.

WARA's 10u will see action next in the Louisiana State Championship tournament.

Please come out and support your team!