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All-stars leave for New York this week

By Michael Butler

The Tallassee 13-year-old Babe Ruth all-stars played their most recent game on July 18. It was a 6-2 win in the Southwest Regional final over West Alabama in Demopolis. On Saturday, Aug. 14, the team opens pool play at the World Series in Jamestown, N.Y.

"The kids have worked really hard the past few weeks," head coach Tommy Wisener said. "It's been really hard with football practice starting. Some have had three practices a day, but the hay's in the barn now and it's time to go play."

The Southwest Region champs' first opponent will be Ohio Valley representative Eau Claire, Wis. The Ohio Valley covers seven states from Kentucky to Wisconsin, while Tallassee's region - the Southwest - encompasses seven states from Alabama to New Mexico.

Eau Claire beat Jeffersontown, Ky. 7-2 in their regional championship game to advance.

Tallassee plays Eau Claire at 2 p.m. Eastern/1 Central on the first day. On Sunday, Aug. 15 they face host team Jamestown at 7/6 p.m.

The team will venture to Cooperstown and the National Baseball Hall of Fame on their off day - Monday, Aug. 16.

On Tuesday, Aug. 17 Tallassee plays Pacific Southwest champ Kai, Hawaii at 5/4 p.m. The final day of pool play wraps on Wednesday, Aug. 18 with Tallassee playing Midwest Plains representative West Fargo, N.D.

Tallassee's 13-Year-Old All-Stars
Front row (left to right): Hutson Lewis, Brody Wisener, Avery Brantley, Mason Henderson, Jack Butler, Donavon Aldridge. Back row: Luke Chandler, Brody Smith, Baylor Clayton, Xander Johnson, Slade Carlton,Konner Taunton.

The ten-team tournament is separated into two pools. The top three teams after pool play advance to single-elimination bracket play with the top seed in each pool receiving a bye into the semifinals. Bracket play begins on Thursday, Aug. 19 culminating with the championship game on Saturday, Aug. 21.

Live video streaming will be provided by JockJive Sports. All 25 games from Jamestown will be available for $30 charge. Be sure to select Babe Ruth 13-year-old World Series if subscribing to the service. Live updates will be provided by 1300 WTLS/106.5 FM and Tallassee Times on Facebook and Twitter.

*Times Eastern/Central
Saturday, Aug. 14 at 1:00: Ohio Valley (Eau Claire, Wis.) at Southwest (Tallassee, Ala.)
Sunday, Aug. 15 at 6:00: Southwest (Tallassee, Ala.) at Jamestown, N.Y.
Tuesday, Aug. 17 at 4:00: Southwest (Tallassee, Ala.) at Pacific Southwest (Kai, Hawaii)
Wednesday, Aug. 18 at 4:00: Midwest Plains (West Fargo, N.D.) at Southwest (Tallassee, Ala.)

American Division
Ohio Valley (Eau Claire, Wis.)
Southwest (Tallassee, Ala.)
Midwest Plains (West Fargo, N.D.)
Pacific Southwest (Kai, Hawaii)
Host (Jamestown, N.Y.)

National Division
New England (Norwalk, Va.)
Southeast (Tallahassee, Fla.)
Middle Atlantic (Atlantic Shore, N.J.)
Pacific Northwest (Puyallup, Wash.)
State Champion (Western New York)