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Both Los Alamos County Juniors All-Star teams advanced in the winners’ bracket of the District 1 tournament Saturday.
The Los Alamos Little League All-Stars thumped the Santa Fe All-Stars 14-4 in the first game of the tournament Saturday morning, while the White Rock Little League All-Stars broke open a tight game late, taking a 10-1 decision over Pojoaque Valley.
Those two teams will meet today at 1 p.m. They play at Virchow Field, with the winner advancing to play for the tournament title and the right to go to the state All-Star tournament.
Also today, Pojoaque Valley and Santa Fe will meet in an elimination game. The winner of that game, which will start at 4 p.m. in White Rock, will meet the loser of the Los Alamos-White Rock game Monday.
The tournament will continue through at least Tuesday, and possibly run through Wednesday at Virchow Field.
Los Alamos 14, Santa Fe 4
Los Alamos’ All-Stars went up big early in their opening round game and cruised to victory Saturday.
Los Alamos led by a count of 8-0 after 3-1/2 innings against Santa Fe’s All-Stars, then scored six times in the final two innings to put the contest out of reach. A too little, too late rally in the bottom of the seventh was most of the offense Santa Fe could muster in the contest.
For Los Alamos, starting pitcher Austin Aslin was setting down Santa Fe quietly throughout the game. Aslin allowed just one run and two hits through the first five innings, giving up no earned runs.
In the top of the second, Los Alamos got a two-RBI double from Steven Williams and a RBI single from Aslin to pick up three runs. The following inning, Los Alamos took advantage of a pair of balks from Santa Fe pitcher Javier Carbajal and run-scoring singles from Zeke Zumbro and Ryan Kniss to pick up four more tallies.
Catcher Alan Keeler started off the second with a double to left field, which was followed up by a single from first baseman Henry Steinkamp. Two batters later, Williams looped his double in right-center scoring both runners.
Steinkamp would also drive in a run with a base hit in the sixth inning.
Michael Young went 2-for-4 with a double, as did JD Weiss. They combined to score five runs for Los Alamos.
White Rock 10, Pojoaque Valley 1
Despite plenty of distractions, the White Rock All-Stars held Pojoaque in check most of the way and rallied for six runs in their final at-bat to close out Saturday’s noontime game.
Early in the contest, some fans who discovered an unlocked gate were standing in the field of play. When they refused to leave, the field was cleared until the fans left the premises entirely.
White Rock used four different pitchers in Saturday’s game, trying to keep as many arms fresh as they could for use in today’s game against the big-hitting Los Alamos squad.
Dylan Livermore, Ben Nelson and Thomas Russell all threw one inning Saturday, all of them keeping Pojoaque off the scoreboard.
Sean Reardon, who was credited with the victory, came on in the fourth inning and finished the game.
Reardon gave up just two hits and one walk through the four innings. He struck out five, including fanning the side in the sixth, and allowed just the one earned run, that coming with two outs in the bottom of the seventh.
White Rock scored three times in the second inning and another run in the third and held a 4-0 edge until the seventh inning.
In the seventh, White Rock pounded out four hits, the biggest being a two-run double from Zak Coker and a two-run triple from Russell.
Livermore finished the game 2-for-4 with a triple and Nelson went 2-for-4 and scored a run.
Brandon Jaramillo threw six-plus innings, throwing very well through most of the middle innings, but took the loss for Pojoaque Valley.