All-Stars falter in regional action

Tuesday, August 3, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 10:55 a.m. CDT, Sunday, July 20, 2008

The Columbia All-Stars lost their first game in Little League Baseball’s 11- and 12-year-old Midwest Regional Tournament on Monday in Indianapolis.

Columbia, the Missouri state champions, fell to South Dakota 9-0.

D.J. Christensen pitched eight innings, giving up two runs. Starter Cole Wiser gave up seven runs in the first inning before Christensen replaced him.

Manager Mark Pfeiffer said he wants a rematch.

“They are a strong team,” Pfeiffer said. “I hope we play them again in bracket play because I think we can beat them.”

Columbia, which won its opener 15-4 against Kansas on Sunday, plays Iowa at 8:16 p.m. on Wednesday. The top four teams from pool play advance to bracket play on Friday. The championship game will be broadcast live at 6:30 p.m. Sunday on ESPN2.

The All-Stars are the first Columbia team to play in regional competition. If Columbia wins the tournament, it will play in the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Penn., starting Aug. 29.

DANIEL BOONE LITTLE LEAGUE: The program’s 13- and 14-year-old Junior All-Stars lost all three games they played in the state tournament in Joplin last weekend.

After leading 7-0 entering the ninth inning on Sunday against Hillsboro, Daniel Boone lost 8-7 in 10 innings.

On Saturday Daniel Boone led 9-0 entering the ninth against Higginsville, but lost 11-10. It lost to Joplin 14-4 on Friday.

“The boys capped off the season with the district championship which was good,” manager Jerry Valentine said. “We went to state with high hopes, and we had good pitching and hitting, but we didn’t make as many good defensive plays as we had been making.”

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