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LA seniors knocked out of state tourney by Copper

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The Los Alamos County Little League All-Star senior softball team bounced back from a loss Saturday to make the championship round of the state tournament.
Unfortunately, the defending state champions proved to be too much for Los Alamos in Sunday’s finale.
Copper, from Bayard, a small community just south of Silver City, needed just five innings to drop Los Alamos for the second time in two days and earn a repeat of its state title.
Los Alamos topped Isleta 12-7 in an elimination game Sunday to get to the championship round before falling to Copper 14-3.
Los Alamos manager Tim Hammock said his team knew what it would be up against trying to unseat Copper, which had the bulk of its 2012 state title-winning team back for this season.
“Copper is a very good hitting and fielding team,” Hammock said. “To compete with them, we had to play at a high level, be aggressively smart and not make any mistakes. Our girls tried hard, but unfortunately we were not able to achieve our goals today. Our defense was a little better than (Saturday’s) effort. We made a few mistakes with the ball and on the bases but mostly from the girls’ excitement and enthusiasm. I cannot fault those emotions, we just need to temper them with a better understanding of situational play.”
Against Copper, Los Alamos pushed three runs across the board in the top of the second to take a 3-1 lead, but that lead was short-lived, as Copper scored seven runs in the bottom of the inning to take control for good.
Los Alamos actually loaded the bases in the top of the first as well, but couldn’t produce any runs.
Los Alamos ace Emilee Jones, who was credited with the win against Isleta, was tagged for all 8 runs in the early going against Copper, which topped Los Alamos 19-2 Saturday to send the team into the loser’s bracket.
It was Los Alamos that fell behind early in Sunday’s first game.
Isleta went up 4-0 after 2-1/2 innings, but Los Alamos’ bats woke up in the bottom of the third, scoring four runs. Los Alamos added four runs in the fourth and two in both the fifth and sixth innings.
Catcher Taylor Jaramillo had a 2-run double in the third, then came around to score on a bunt attempt by Jordan Hammock.
Morgan Hohner, who scored three times against Isleta, was also called on to pitch Sunday after Los Alamos’ No. 2 thrower Jordan Hammock tweaked her hamstring the day before and wouldn’t make an appearance in that game.
“We got down early 4-0, but the girls kept a positive attitude, encouraged each other and hand confidence we could come back from the early deficit,” Tim Hammock said.
Jones got the win against Isleta, giving up four runs in six innings.
Against Copper, Jones came right back from the win over Isleta to start, but Copper’s big second inning would knock her out of the contest. Hammock relieved her in the third inning.
In the second inning, Mariah Maura — who led off with a single back up the box — Shelby Chavez and Makela Jones all came around to score.
Makela Jones went 2-for-2 for Los Alamos with a RBI against Copper.
With its win, Copper now advances to the regional championship tournament in Vidalia, La. Los Alamos made an appearance at regionals in 2012 when that tournament was hosted by Santa Fe.

10-11 softball team bounced at state

The Los Alamos County 10-11 All-Star softball team went 1-2 in state tournament this weekend, topping Las Vegas in an elimination game Sunday, but falling to Silver City in the first round and Westgate in another elimination game Monday.
Los Alamos dropped Las Vegas 17-11, a game that was called after 3-1/2 innings due to rain. Unfortunately, Los Alamos struggled against both Silver City and Westgate in the double-elimination tournament.
The state 10-11 competition continues through Friday in Albuquerque.