Two Los Alamos County Little League teams started their state tournaments Friday night. Both teams, however, lost in the first round.
The 10-11 year-old softball All-Stars lost to Deming, 9-7, in Santa Fe.
The 10-11 baseball All-Stars fell to Carlsbad, 9-5, in Carlsbad.
In the softball game, Deming started its ace in the game while Los Alamos saved the arm of its fastest pitcher.
A few Los Alamos errors also helped Deming score.
Deming led early on.
Los Alamos came back and took the lead.
Deming, however, grabbed the lead late and held onto it the rest of the game.
Los Alamos manager Donny Ellsworth was optimistic his team could still make some noise at state.
“We can field just as well as they can and we can hit just as well as they can,” Ellsworth said.
After the win, Deming took on Las Vegas Little League. Los Alamos will play the loser of that game today in an elimination game.
“We’ll bring in our fast pitcher on Sunday and see if they can stay with her,” Ellsworth said.
Errors also hurt Los Alamos’ 10-11 baseball team against Carlsbad.
“Personally I think we’re a better baseball team, but when you make errors, things happen,” manager Dave Swavely said.
Los Alamos took a 2-0 lead early in the game.