Little League Roundup: LA, Metro advance to district semifinal

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 The Los Alamos Little League majors All-Star team picked up a big win over Española to advance to the semifinal round of the District 1 playoffs.

Los Alamos will face Santa Fe Metro tonight in the semifinals of the tournament. Tonight’s game is scheduled for 6 p.m. in Santa Fe.

Los Alamos’ All-Stars are the top seed in the District 1 majors tournament and Tuesday blasted Española’s All-Stars 18-2. Los Alamos hit four home runs in that contest to earn the victory.

Tonight’s winner between Los Alamos and Metro, the No. 2 seed, will advance to the finals. The winner will need to win just one of two games to clinch the District 1 title while the loser will drop into the elimination bracket and have to fight its way back to the championship contest.

The tournament continues at least until Saturday morning. If a final elimination game is necessary, that is scheduled for Sunday afternoon.

Baseball 9-10 teams still alive

Los Alamos has two entries for the county in the 9-10 All-Star tournament, which is taking place in Española.

Tonight, the county’s green team will face Santa Fe Metro in the third round of that tournament. That game is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the Lucero Center fields.

The winner between Los Alamos green and Metro will advance to the championship round and have a chance to clinch the District 1 title Saturday.

The other county team, the gold team, is still alive in the tournament. The gold team was downed by Metro Tuesday, but bounced back to beat Pojoaque in an elimination contest Wednesday, 19-7.

State softball tourneys start Friday

Los Alamos County advanced both its majors and 9-10 All-Star teams to state competition. The 9-10 tournament gets going Friday and the majors tournament starts Saturday.

The Los Alamos majors swept through its District 1 tournament to advance. It will take on Mile High Little League from District 5 in Saturday morning’s opening round.

The majors state tournament will be hosted in Las Vegas at Rodriguez Park. The state winner will advance to the southwest regional tournament in Waco, Texas.

In the championship of the District 1 tournament, Los Alamos bounced back from a four-run deficit late in its ballgame against Española to win 6-5.

Saturday’s winner between Los Alamos and Mile High will play Sunday morning, while the loser will face an elimination game Sunday afternoon.

The majors state tournament will continue through July 17.

Meanwhile, the state 9-10 tournament gets going in Bayard, which is in the extreme western part of the state near Silver City.

Los Alamos’ 9-10 team will play Enchantment Little League, the District 9 representative, Friday night in the opening round. The winner will play Saturday evening but the loser won’t play again until Sunday morning, albeit in an elimination contest.

The 9-10 tournament continues through July 17 or 18, depending on the outcome of the July 17 game.