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Softball: WR falls in extra innings to SF

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By Mike Cote

Only three teams remain in the District 1 Majors All-Star softball tournament, being held at Overlook Park this weekend.

One of those teams, White Rock, now must win-out to advance to the state Majors tournament, after falling in an extra-inning thriller to Santa Fe Saturday.

With their win Saturday, Santa Fe’s All-Stars will have two cracks at the District 1 tournament title, the first of those coming Monday at 6 p.m.

Española is the other team still alive. After losing Friday night to Santa Fe, Española’s All-Stars bounced back nicely to thump Pecos.

Pecos was crushed in both its tournament games, being knocked out in Saturday’s loss to Española.

Española and White Rock will meet today at 1 p.m. in an elimination contest. The winner will advance to Monday’s final round against Santa Fe.

All District 1 tournament games are being played in White Rock.

Santa Fe 3, White Rock 2 (8 innings)

With White Rock’s All-Stars down to their last out, Erin Kirk dropped a base hit into short right field scoring both Kristin Christensen and Emilee Jones to force extra innings against Santa Fe’s All-Stars.

The game would go into extra innings before Santa Fe’s Arianna Lovato scampered home on a passed ball to break the 2-2 tie.

Santa Fe pitcher Mykayla Parras would win the grueling pitchers’ duel between herself and Alyssa Mojica Saturday, setting down White Rock in order in the home half of the eighth, preserving the win.

Both Parras and Mojica threw complete games Saturday, with Parras allowing just the two runs on Kirk’s clutch base hit.

Mojica, who gave up just one unearned run in the first and one unearned run in the fourth, was tagged with the loss after also going the full eight innings.

Majors softball pitchers can throw as many as nine innings in one game.

In the bottom of the sixth with White Rock down 2-0 and up to that point unable to move a runner to second base, Christensen drew a 1-out walk. After a strikeout, Jones also drew a walk. The next batter, Lexi Mang, was hit by a pitch before Kirk’s two-run hit.

White Rock had a chance to win the game in the bottom of the seventh with runners on first and third, but Parras got the next batter to pop out to shortstop ending the inning.

Santa Fe, which has the best defense of any team in the tournament, committed just one error the entire game.

Parras finished the game striking out 11 batters, including a stretch of five straight White Rock hitters and seven of nine.

Mojica gave up just five hits in the game and just three in regulation. She struck out five through seven innings.

Española 23, Pecos 0 (game suspended)

Española scored 19 runs in the home half of the first inning to effectively put away Pecos’ rough outing in the District 1 tournament.

Española’s All-Stars batted around twice in the first inning and kept Pecos off the board through three at-bats before Pecos threw in the towel.

Pecos’ pitchers walked 12 batters in just two innings of work.

Española first baseman Erica Rendon went 3-for-3 in four plate appearances, with a double, and scored four times. Third baseman Brandy Valdez was 2-for-2 and scored twice.

White Rock 29, Pecos 9 (game suspended)

In Friday’s first round, Pecos couldn’t stop the bleeding against White Rock, exhausting their small pitching staff.

Pecos called it quits after just three innings of play, saying it had no more pitchers to continue.

White Rock scored eight runs in the top of the first. After a pedestrian three runs in the second, White Rock pushed 18 runs across in the third.

Kianna Zerr was 2-for-2 in the first inning of play, scoring twice.

Flores went 2-for-3 with a double and scored three runs, while Christensen was 2-for-2 with a triple and scored three times as well.

Mojica started the game, but threw just one inning so White Rock manager Tim Hammock could put her in to pitch Saturday’s contest against Santa Fe.

Santa Fe 7, Española 1

In the other first round game Friday, Julianna Valdez threw a complete game and didn’t allow an earned run as Santa Fe breezed past Española, sending Española into the tournament’s loser’s bracket.

Valdez scattered six hits throughout the contest and fanned two hitters. She got plenty of support from her defense Friday night as well.

Felisha Zamora walked four times for Santa Fe and came around to score three runs. Xeala Parras, Santa Fe’s third baseman, was 1-for-3 with a double and a RBI.

Española’s pitching staff didn’t throw poorly despite giving up seven runs. Santa Fe finished the game with just two hits on the contest.

Santa Fe scored twice in the first, twice in the third and twice in the fourth to build up a 6-0 lead before Española got on the board.

Kayla Romero Elizabeth Chavez and Rendon all went 2-for-3 for Española.