Today begins a big week for three local Little League teams.
State Little League tournaments begin today, and the Palestine Outlaws (10-and-under), Palestine Rangers (8-and-under) and the Palestine Rangers (t-ball) all will start a quest for state glory.
All three teams are based out of PYAA, and between the three teams, none dropped a single game at their respective district tournaments.
The Outlaws went 4-0 in their district tournament in Athens, giving up only six runs in the process. They move on to the South State Regional tournament in New Caney, beginning today.
They first defeated Palestine’s own Texas Ballers, winning 12-2 behind a great pitching effort from Zerrick Warren.
The Outlaws toughest test came in the second game against Athens.
Athens took an early 2-0 lead on the Outlaws, but Palestine managed to score three runs in the third inning to go up 3-2. The Outlaws tacked on two insurance runs in the sixth for the 5-2 victory.
Kegon Magee and Ryan Arzola combined for seven strikeouts in the victory.
The Outlaws then blanked Teague, 7-0, behind a 10-strikeout performance from Arzola, before ending the tournament with an 8-2 victory over Fairfield. In that win, Warren and Caden Mullican combined for eight strikeouts.
The 8-and-under Rangers competed in their district tournament in Fairfield, finishing the tournament 5-0.
The Rangers get to try for a state tournament in front of their home fans, as PYAA will host the 8-and-under Dixie Youth Baseball tournament, beginning today.
The t-ball Rangers clinched their state berth last weekend, and head to Center to compete in their state tournament.
Tournament schedules for the three were not available.