Little League regional coming to LA

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By Jose Corral

North Mesa Sports Complex will be home to the top junior little league softball teams in the Southwest.
Los Alamos County Little League will host the Little League Junior Softball Southwestern Regional July 23. It’s the first time Los Alamos will host a Little League regional.
“We found out in January that we would be hosting it,” said Robbie Harris, who’s the softball vice president for Los Alamos County Little League. “We put in the bid in the fall and luckily we were able to get it.”
The regional includes the state champions from New Mexico, West Texas, East Texas, Colorado and Louisiana. Los Alamos received an automatic bid for hosting the regional, while Deming won the right to represent New Mexico after winning the state championship. Junior Little League softball consists of players ages 13-14.  
“The great thing is that all teams will get to play atleast five times,” Harris said. “It’s also great that all the little league teams from the area will also be in town to experience it.”
Harris said North Mesa Park was a better option to host the regional instead of Overlook Park in White Rock. Proximity to concession stands was a factor that Harris detailed as to why North Mesa Park was the better option.
“Facilities was the main thing before the tournament,” Harris said. “Right now the high school team plays in White Rock, so we were definitely capable of having it there. But the concession stands are closer in North Mesa.”
The winner of the Southwestern Regional will earn a spot in the Little League Softball World Series in Kirkland, Washington.