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LA softball teams fall at state Monday

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By The Staff

The Los Alamos County majors All-Star softball team was eliminated from the state tournament Monday after dropping a loser’s bracket game to Westgate Little League.
Westgate took the elimination contest 10-2 over Los Alamos.
Los Alamos, which won the District 1 tournament last month to qualify for the state tournament, couldn’t get past its first two games of the double-elimination playoffs.
The tournament continues this week in Las Vegas.
Los Alamos had a solid first three innings of defense Monday to limit Westgate to just one run, but Westgate got its offense rolling in the top of the fourth to put some distance between it and Los Alamos.
Savana Luster went the distance for Los Alamos, giving up just one walk in six innings pitched.
Following Westgate’s fourth inning rally, the team brought in its strongest pitcher to close out the contest. Los Alamos managed only one run in the final two innings.
Los Alamos opened state play Saturday, but lost a tight 11-10 contest to Mile High Little League, dropping it into the elimination bracket.

9-10 softball team dropped by Coronado

The Los Alamos County 9-10 softball squad was also a victim in an elimination game Monday at its state tournament.
Coronado Little League, from Bernalillo, scored four runs in the third inning as it downed Los Alamos 6-1 to knock it out of the tournament.
The state 9-10 playoffs continue this week in Bayard.
Coronado came through with a triple to drive in three runs in the big third inning.
Los Alamos got runners on board throughout the contest, but struggled to drive runs in. The only RBI of the game for Los Alamos was provided by Aspen De Herrera, who singled home Cecily Palmer in the fifth inning.
De Herrera, Jenna Harris and Rachel Norman were the only three Los Alamos players to record hits in the contest.
Coronado tacked on insurance runs in both the fourth and the sixth innings to seal the victory.
Harris, who had some big strikeout totals during the District 1 tournament, which Los Alamos won to qualify for state, fanned 10 batters in Monday’s losing effort.