The Patterson 12U Cal Ripken All-Star Baseball team will begin play in the southwest region tournament Thursday in Florence, Alabama. The tournament will continue through Sunday when a champion will be crowned. The event's winner will advance to the Cal Ripken 12U World Series, which will be held Aug. 2 in Branson, Missouri. Patterson team members are, kneeling from left, Billy Jack Caldwell, Dylan Verrett, Braden Mouton, Landon Bernadou, Jason Matthews, Drew Dinger and Bryce Solar. On the middle row are Roy Jones, Brylon Jennings. Austin Perkins, Austin Davis and Collan St. Germain. On the back row are assistant coaches Willis Dore' Jr., Kirk St. Germain and Casey Solar. Not pictured is head coach Mike Francis. (Submitted Photo/Courtesy of Ashley Dinger)

The Patterson 8U Cal Ripken Baseball All-Star team is, kneeling from left, Zack Sons, Trey Rochel, Brody Swisher, Kohen Bonin and Tate Mouton. On the middle row are Carlon Butler, Hayden Walker, Traye Richardson, Kane Chaisson, Luke Domingue, Brilyn Johnson and Jadyn Hillebrandt. On the back row are assistant coaches Benji Sons and Locky Bonin, head coach Mike Dinger and assistant coach Glenn Rochel. (Submitted Photo/Courtesy of Ashley Dinger)

Patterson 12U, 8U All-Stars will begin regional play Thursday

The Patterson 12U and 8U All-Stars will be participating in Cal Ripken Southwest Region Tournament play in Alabama, beginning Thursday.
The 12U All-Stars will play in Florence, while the 8U All-Stars will compete in Mobile.
In the 12U bracket, Patterson will compete in pool play with Mountain Home, Arkansas; Levelland, Texas; and Biloxi, Mississippi in the American pool.
In the National pool, Fairhope, Alabama; Union County, Arkansas; Seminole, Texas; and East Central, Mississippi, will play.
Patterson’s first pool play game will be Thursday at 10 a.m. against Mountain, Home, Arkansas, before it will face Levelland, Texas, Thursday at 5:30 p.m.
Friday, Patterson will meet Biloxi, Mississippi, at 12:30 p.m.
Bracket play begins Saturday when the teams will be seeded by their finishes. Play will continue Sunday with the championship game set for 1 p.m.
The tournament champion qualifies for the Cal Ripken 12U World Series, which will be held Aug. 2 in Branson, Missouri.
Meanwhile, in 8U action, teams also will compete in in one of two pools.
Patterson will be in Pool B along with Westside (B), Alabama; Semmes, Alabama; Sylvan Hills, Alabama; Springdale, Arkansas; Madisonville, Louisiana; Ocean Springs, Mississippi; Petal Mississippi; and Pierre Part. Louisiana.
Pool play will be held Thursday and Friday.
Patterson will meet Springdale, Arkansas, Thursday at 5:15 p.m. before following it up with a 7 p.m. contest against Westside, Alabama.
Friday, Patterson meets Sylvan Hills, Alabama, at 9 a.m. and later meets Madisonville at 12:30 p.m.
In pool A, Westside (A), Alabama; Jackson, Alabama; Gulf Shores, Alabama; Soper, Oklahoma; Hamburg, Arkansas; Bryant, Arkansas; George Co., Mississippi; St. Charles, Louisiana; and Oak Grove, Mississippi.
Each pool’s top five teams will continue play in a single-elimination bracket, which will run Saturday and Sunday.
The tournament champion qualifies for the Cal Ripken 8U World Series, which will be held in Jensen Beach, Florida, beginning Aug. 6.

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