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The Los Alamos County All-Star majors baseball team sailed through the District 1 tournament last week, culminating in a crushing victory in the tournament championship.
Los Alamos’ majors — a division composed of 11- and 12-year-olds — blasted Española’s All-Stars in the final Saturday morning. Los Alamos jumped out to a huge lead after one at-bat and cruised the rest of the way to win 20-0 in Santa Fe.
With their win, the All-Stars will now advance to the state majors Little League tournament, which starts this weekend in Carlsbad.
There wasn’t anything magical to Los Alamos County’s tournament win, said manager Alex Garcia.
“Our offense hit the ball very well,” Garcia said. “We put ourselves in a position where our pitchers could work ahead…the coaches and I are very pleased with our pitching staff and our sticks were on fire. I’m very pleased with the way the kids performed.”
Los Alamos jumped out to a 13-0 lead after one inning and tacked on six more runs in the third inning. Los Alamos’ first two batters hit home runs to give the team a 2-0 lead just four pitches into Saturday’s final.
Garcia said his team is comprised largely of players who have previous state tournament experience and he expects his team will be ready to go when it opens state play this coming Saturday.
“We’ll be back on the practice field tomorrow,” Garcia said. “We’re going to work on our fundamentals. Those are what got us here.”
Softball 9-10s nipped by Thunderbird
The Los Alamos 9-10 All-Star softball team dropped a nail-biter in extra innings to open its state softball tournament Friday night.
Los Alamos led by as many as six runs early in the contest and held a five-run lead after four innings, but Thunderbird Little League of Albuquerque rallied for five runs in the fifth to tie the score at 8.
The two teams were deadlocked through six innings, but Thunderbird scratched out a run in the seventh inning to win 9-8.
Jenna Harris, the team’s ace pitcher, struck out 10 batters in the game, along with hitting a double, triple and knocking in three runs in the contest.
With the game tied in the bottom of the sixth and Thunderbird’s offense threatening, center fielder Felicity Sandoval made a tough, inning-ending catch to force extras.
Los Alamos manager Robbie Harris said second baseman Dailynn Rodriguez and first baseman Isabella Robertson also made key defensive plays in the first round contest.
But with Friday’s loss, Los Alamos now drops into the loser’s bracket. It has an elimination game scheduled for 8 a.m. today.
Majors softball loses 1-run game to open state
The Los Alamos majors All-Stars had a chance to tie the game in their final at-bat against Mile High Little League Saturday morning.
Unfortunately, with the tying run just 60 feet way, Los Alamos couldn’t get it driven home.
Los Alamos County lost its opener of the state tournament 11-10 to Mile High. Los Alamos now drops into the loser’s bracket and will have to win three consecutive games in three straight days to have a chance at the state title.
Los Alamos will play an elimination game Monday. Its Monday opponent won’t be determined until later today.
The two teams battled through a back-and-forth contest. Mile High went up by five runs midway through the game, but Los Alamos bounced back with four runs of its own to get back within striking distance.