Baseball: White Rock bounced by Pojoaque

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By Mike Cote

With a big first two at-bats, the White Rock Little League Juniors All-Stars looked to have Tuesday’s elimination game under control.

But the Pojoaque Valley All-Stars simply wouldn’t go away.

Pojoaque would come back not only from a 6-0 deficit, but would erase a late 8-6 White Rock advantage to win 9-8 in the District 1 Juniors tournament at Virchow Field.

The win puts Pojoaque into a playoff with Los Alamos for the District 1 championship and the right to advance to the state Juniors playoffs.

Los Alamos and Pojoaque will meet tonight at 6:30 p.m.

Pojoaque must defeat Los Alamos’ All-Stars twice to advance, while Los Alamos needs just one win, either tonight or in Wednesday’s elimination game if that game is necessary.

“We would’ve liked to win this game, but we played good,” White Rock manager Tim Nelson said. “We don’t have any regrets.”

After a fast start Tuesday, White Rock went quiet for most of the rest of the game.

In the top of the first, White Rock pounded out four hits, including a double by Thomas Russell, to push four runs across. In the top of the second, after Pojoaque went down 1-2-3 against starting White Rock pitcher Ben Nelson, White Rock got another pair across on a RBI double from Zak Coker and a RBI single by Nelson.

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