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The White Rock Little League 9-10 All-Stars swept their way through the District 1 tournament to clinch the district title.
WRLL earned its second win in three games over cross-county rival Los Alamos Little League Thursday in the championship game of the District 1 tournament. WRLL topped LALL 14-6.
With the championship, WRLL now advances to play in the state 9-10 tournament, which is hosted this year by Roswell.
WRLL won its three tournament games by a combined 32 runs, including a 16-4 victory over LALL in the tournament’s first round. LALL came all the way through the loser’s bracket to get back to the championship — the tournament was double elimination — but WRLL was too tough a hurdle to clear.
Los Alamos senior softball splits games at state
The Los Alamos County senior softball All-Stars earned a big win in their opener at the state tournament Saturday, but followed that up with a big loss in the quarterfinals.
Los Alamos thumped Ysleta 11-0 in 5 innings Saturday morning behind Emilee Jones' four innings of 2-hit ball.
Following that contest, however, Los Alamos met defending state champion Cobre Saturday afternoon. Cobre, which has many of its key players back from last year's state championship team, dropped Los Alamos 19-2.
Los Alamos trailed just 4-2 after two innings, but Cobre busted open the game in the third inning and never looked back.
"They're definitely a good-hitting team," Los Alamos manager Tim Hammock said. "They're very aggressive, and we helped them somewhat with our defense. The defense didn't play as well as we're capable of."
Los Alamos is facing a rematch today with both of its Saturday opponents. Ysleta survived an elimination game with Gallup Saturday and it and Los Alamos will meet at 11 a.m. The winner will face Cobre, with Cobre needing just one more win to clinch the 2013 state title and a trip to regionals.
Hammock said on the upside, he will have a full contingent of pitchers available for him today, as neither Jones nor Jordan Hammock used up their alotted five innings per day.
10-11 softball continues through Friday
Los Alamos County’s 10-11 All-Stars will continue play in the state softball tournament today in Albuquerque.
The tournament continues through Friday’s championship round and is hosted by Thunderbird Little League.
Los Alamos County was scheduled to play Saturday.