White Rock, Espaola tie series 1-1

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By Gabriel Vasquez

White Rock Junior All-Stars 12, Espaola Valley Junior All-Stars, 9(Game 1)

Good hitting and star pitcher Monika Teter iced the win for the White Rock Junior All-Stars Saturday, despite a commendable fifth inning comeback by Espaola Valley.

White Rock came out swinging, almost cycling through its entire batting line-up in just the first inning.

The streak began with a textbook bunt by Aimee Gutierrez, and opened the doors for a 2 run double by Rachel Anaya and a run-scoring single to give White Rock an early 3-0 lead.

Teter, White Rock's All-Star pitcher, stepped on the mound with confidence.

More importantly, she stepped up packing a powerful fastball that froze several Espaola Valley batters, who didn't so much as graze the ball until late in the second inning.

Consistent hitting and unmatchable pitching put White Rock up 5-0 by the end of the fourth inning, but poor defense and a pitching change had players scrambling to figure out how to stop Espaola Valley in the bottom of the fifth.

Espaola's commanding rally in the fifth inning put the team up 7-5, leaving White Rock wondering how they let their lead slip in a game that looked to be in the bag.

An infield single by Espaola that was mishandled by a sluggish White Rock defense opened the floodgates for Espaola six coming runs.

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