Little League: White Rock squads move on

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By Mike Cote

The White Rock Little League Junior softball All-Stars opened the state tournament with a win Friday night to advance in the winner’s bracket.

In Friday’s opener, Monika Teter struck out eight batters in three innings and the White Rock offense did the rest, ringing up a 14-2 win over Albuquerque South Valley.

In the second round Saturday afternoon, White Rock was scheduled to face off against Gallup. The result of that contest wasn’t known as of press time.

With Teter well in control Friday, Aimee Gutierrez and Mariah Zerr combined to go 7-for-8 at the plate, with Gutierrez knocking in six runs and Zerr plating four runs.

White Rock needed just five innings to close out South Valley in the opener. It scored four runs in the second inning, six in the third and four more in the fourth to seal the win.

“The girls played great,” White Rock manager Jim Zerr said. “They were excited. They were on the whole game. They had very few errors…they were on it.”

Teter, who can throw up to four innings without taking a day off, was scheduled to start Saturday’s game against Gallup.

Majors All-Stars

Jared Mang threw a complete game to put White Rock Little League’s Majors into the winner’s bracket of the state tournament Saturday.

The Majors tournament continues today in Los Lunas.

Mang, aided by the defense behind him, scattered six hits in the contest and issued just one walk.

Defensively, Jake Downs made a diving catch in the third to quell a Las Vegas scoring threat, while in the fifth inning Chris Funk caught a high fly ball at the right field warning track to help preserve the win.

Tyler Thorn, who was banged up in the District 1 tournament, won by White Rock, recorded six putouts at second base Saturday.

“It’s great to come in with a play-in game, get by that one and get into the main bracket,” manager Joe Mang said.

Franklin Archuleta scored what would be the game-winning run in the fifth inning. He led the inning off with a double, then came across later in the inning on a single by Mang.

Mang drove in two of White Rock’s runs, going 3-for-3 at the plate. Archuleta scored twice and Thorn had a sacrifice fly to knock in the other run.

White Rock faces Enchantment at 1 p.m. today.

9-10 All-Stars

Zac Archuleta, Kyle Hutton and Wesley Fuller combined on the mound to give the White Rock 9-10 squad a win in the state tournament Saturday.

White Rock was able to bounce back from a loss in Friday’s play-in game at the tournament to stay alive. It advances in the bottom half of the bracket to face Deming in an elimination contest today at 11 a.m.

Friday, White Rock got off to a painfully slow start but picked it up late against Albuquerque Westgate. Westgate led 10-1 at one point, but White Rock rallied for three runs in each of the last two innings before dropping Friday’s contest 10-7.

Against Mile High, every player on the White Rock roster ended up with at least one hit. White Rock scored four runs in each of four different innings to take Saturday’s contest.

“We went into (Saturday’s) game with a totally different mindset,” manager Mick Matuszak said.

Connor Mang started Friday’s game and pitched well throughout most of his outing, but ran into trouble in the early part of the game, which made him come out sooner than Matuszak was hoping.