Little League: 11-12s advance at state

-A A +A
By Mike Cote

The White Rock Little League All-Stars are still alive and kicking at the Majors All-Star state tournament in Los Lunas.

White Rock dropped its second round game to Enchantment Sunday, but bounced back to top Clovis American Monday night in an elimination game to move on.

White Rock will face the winner of tonight’s elimination game between Eastdale and Mile High. That game will be played at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.

In Sunday’s contest, Enchantment capitalized on some early White Rock miscues, scoring four unearned runs in three innings. It would add three more runs — two unearned — in the fifth to go up 7-0 and hold on for a 7-1 win.

White Rock, which was stymied on two good scoring opportunities by some solid Enchantment defense, finally got on the board in the sixth with Tyler Thorn’s RBI single, bringing Jake Downs around.

Thorn was 2-for-3 on the day, with Jared Mang finishing 2-for-3 and Downs was 1-for-2 with a walk.

In Monday’s elimination contest, pitcher Franklin Archuleta threw a two hitter to lead White Rock to a 5-1 win over Clovis.

Archuleta issued just one walk and an earned run in the win. He was helped out by the White Rock defense turning in a 4-6-3 double play in the second inning and a 1-3-2 twin killing in the fifth.

Clint Adams hit a bases-loaded double down the right field line in the first inning, driving home Downs and Mang. In the fourth, Mang and Thorn had RBI base hits to drive in Nick Capelli and Chris Funk.

The next batter, Adams, came through with another RBI double. For the game, Adams was 2-for-2 with 3 RBI.

Juniors softball

After what looked to be a great start in the state Juniors Little League softball tournament, the White Rock All-Stars struggled.

White Rock was bounced from the state tournament Sunday, falling 16-0 to Coronado in an elimination game. White Rock fell into the loser's side of the tournament with a 20-1 drubbing at the hands of Gallup.

The tournament is being played in Albuquerque.

It was a rough turnaround for White Rock, which won big in the first round of the tournament, being played in Albuquerque. White Rock pounded Albuquerque South Valley 14-2 in its opener Friday.

Manager Jim Zerr was left scratching his head a little bit after the two weekend losses that knocked his squad out of contention.

“The girls are good ballplayers,” Zerr said. “They're usually good hitters, they usually don't make a lot of errors. I don't know if it was jitters, but I've never seen them have two back-to-back games like that.”

A combination of some quality Coronado pitching and seven errors by the White Rock defense did in the All-Star squad Sunday.

White Rock did have some chances Sunday. It loaded the bases twice but White Rock hitters struck out in key situations.

“It didn't go the way we wanted, and it didn't go the way we expected,” he said.

9-10 baseball

The White Rock 9-10 baseball team was bounced from the state tournament in Albuquerque Sunday, dropping a tight contest to Deming.

Deming came back from an early 2-0 deficit to bump White Rock out, winning by a final of 7-4.

Deming's pitchers gave up no walks in the game, a rarity at that age level. White Rock manager Mick Matuszak said his team didn’t swing at many bad pitches to help Deming out, either.

White Rock scored its four runs early in Sunday’s contest, pushing two more across in the top of the third.

In the final inning, White Rock loaded the bases but couldn't bring a run home to extend the contest.

Despite the loss that put White Rock out of state title contention — it lost its first tournament game Friday night — Matuszak said he feels a lot better at the end of this tournament than he did in the 2007 state tournament, in which White Rock was beaten by double-digit scores in two games at Roswell.

Following Friday’s loss, White Rock came back to beat Mile High 16-7 in a loser’s bracket game Saturday.

“We battled hard to the end,” Matuszak said. “That’s what I wanted to see out of them, and we were alive right until the end.”

9-10 softball

The White Rock 9-10 softball squad fell into the bottom half of the bracket early in its state tournament at Bayard.

In the tournament opener Sunday, Albuquerque Altamont took advantage of 15 walks to top White Rock 15-5.

Manager Roger Anaya said starting pitcher Makaela Jones wasn't making a lot of bad pitches, but wasn't getting the calls on many of them. Jones allowed just three hits and struck out five batters.

“The strike zone was a little tight for 9s and 10s,” Anaya said. "She got a lot of 3-2 counts and gave up some walks.”

White Rock managed just two hits on the game, one by Jones and one by Lauren Schleft.

The team’s other tournament results hadn’t been reported as of press time.