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The Los Alamos Little League 9/10 All-Star baseball team is still alive in the state tournament with a chance to advance to the final round.
Los Alamos won its first two ballgames at the double-elimination state tournament, which is being played in Portales.
Tonight, Los Alamos is playing Carlsbad in an elimination game. That game was originally scheduled for Wednesday night but was postponed due to rain.
Los Alamos topped Deming 9-1 in the opening round Saturday, then came back to top Albuquerque South Valley 11-5 Sunday to advance to the semifinals. In Monday’s semifinal, however, Los Alamos was knocked off by Albuquerque Eastdale 12-2.
With Monday’s loss, Los Alamos dropped into the loser’s bracket, but can get back to the final round with a win over Carlsbad. With a win tonight, however, it would still have to beat Eastdale in two straight contests to claim the state title.
Against Deming, Arthur Steinkamp pitched five innings, giving up just one run. Steinkamp didn’t start the game, however, but took the mound in the second inning in relief of Jacob Benelli. Neither Benelli nor Stenikamp allowed a hit in that contest.
Steinkamp also came up big at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a home run and a pair of triples.
In the quarterfinal round, Los Alamos fell behind 3-0 to South Valley, but rallied in the third inning. Steinkamp and Walker Eaton both finished with a pair of hits, while four pitchers — Benelli, Jakob Castille, Logan Bishop and Antonio Gonzales — all threw in that contest.