Baseball: WR 9-10s holds off late charge

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By The Staff

A big third inning and a big tag out at the plate in the sixth inning move the White Rock 9-10 baseball All-Stars into the final round of the District 1 tournament Wednesday.

Ryan Pierce hit a 2-run triple in the bottom of the third inning to help White Rock to an 8-7 victory over Pecos in Wednesday’s elimination game at Lou Caveglia Field. Meanwhile, a slew of White Rock pitchers took the mound Wednesday and most of them will be available for tonight’s contest against Los Alamos.

Both White Rock and Pecos were playing for their tournament lives Wednesday in the loser’s bracket final. White Rock will still have to take two straight games from Los Alamos, which is undefeated so far in the tournament.

Tonight’s game is scheduled for 6 p.m. Should White Rock win tonight, a one-game playoff will be held Friday.

Pierce belted his triple to drive in two run in the 5-run third inning for White Rock, while the next batter, Brett Ireland, hit a RBI single to bring Pierce home and give the team a 7-3 advantage after three innings.

The big bottom half of the inning proved to be critical for White Rock, which saw Pecos score three runs in the top half of the frame to grab a 3-2 lead.

Things got hairy for White Rock in the final inning, however, with Pecos loading the bases with nobody out.

With one out and one run in, Pecos’ Mark Archuleta roped a triple into right-center, driving in a pair of runs, but catcher Rico Zerr speared a relay throw from short right and tagged out Pecos’ Jonah Baca, who stumbled rounding second base on the hit.

White Rock cut down three Pecos runners attempting to score Wednesday, including Baca, who was the tying run.

Connor Mang came in to throw to the last batter of the game with another potential tying run — Archuleta — standing on third.

Mang finished the game 3-for-3 with a double and scored three times. Brett Ireland was 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles and scored a run.

For Pecos, Xavier Benavidez was 2-for-3 with two doubles.

In Tuesday’s action, Los Alamos knocked Pecos into the elimination bracket with a big 11-1 win, that coming in five innings.

In that game, Los Alamos score two runs in the second and four in the third to take a commanding 7-0 lead early.

Will Carter had a pair of hits for Los Alamos, including a double. Carter scored twice and knocked in a run against Pecos.

Hunter Eaton went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and Erik Leith had a triple and drove in a run.