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SANTA FE — After four innings, the White Rock All-Stars appeared to be poised for a big victory in its elimination game Sunday morning.
After five innings, however, things were very much up in the air.
White Rock opened up a commanding 10-run lead after 3-1/2 innings of play and held an 8-run edge going into the bottom of the fifth, but the hot bats of the Silver City All-Stars would wake up late in the state senior softball Little League tournament game at Franklin Miles Park.
Silver City pounded out nine hits in the fifth and sixth innings, sparking two big rallies to get back in what appeared to a be a done deal Sunday morning. In its last at-bat, Silver City scored on a walk and two errors on the same play to take an improbable come-from-behind victory, 15-14.
White Rock’s offense, meanwhile, managed just one run in the final three innings of Sunday’s contest, an unearned run, which, like most of White Rock’s runs, started with a Silver City error.
With its win, Silver City took the state tournament and will now advance to the regional softball Little League tournament, which will be played in Pineville, La., next week.
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