Senior softball falls in regional tournament

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By Phil Scherer

Facing some of the toughest teams in the country, the Los Alamos County Little League Senior Softball team advanced to the semifinals of the regional championships this week. The team came just two wins short of a trip to the national championship tournament.

Los Alamos County earned its berth in the regional tournament in Vidalia, Louisiana, after winning the New Mexico state championship two weeks ago. The team competed against teams from Colorado, Louisiana, Arkansas and two teams from Texas.

In the first game of the tournament, Los Alamos County showed they were a real threat, defeating the team from Aurora, Colorado 23-0.

Pitcher Savana Luster proved to be the most valuable player of the game, throwing five scoreless innings, and giving up just three hits. She also struck out nine.

The offense was clicking on all cylinders, collecting 21 hits throughout the game.

The team scored 11 runs in the second inning, and another nine in the third inning. Katie Wilmer led Los Alamos County with four RBIs. Jade Tucker and Alicia Gonzales each added three.

The team did not fare as well in the second game, falling to the host team from Vidalia, Louisiana 13-0.

The explosive offense from Vidalia jumped all over Los Alamos early and often, scoring in each of the five innings and picking up 20 hits. Los Alamos managed just three hits.

In the loss, Luster pitched all five innings and struck out two batters.

After going 1-1 in the tournament’s pool play, Los Alamos earned the second seed in Pool A, and advanced to face the team from Huffman, Texas, the top seed from Pool B, in the semifinals.

The semifinal matchup was the team’s most competitive game of the tournament, but Los Alamos County struggled to control the Huffman offense, falling 13-5.

Huffman jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the first inning, but Los Alamos answered back in the second inning with four runs of their own to take a brief lead.

They were unable to hold it, however, as Huffman answered back with two runs in the bottom of the inning, taking the lead for good.

Luster once again pitched the complete game for Los Alamos County, striking out five batters.

Both Lauren Harris and Jordan Jaramillo drove in runs for Los Alamos County in the game.

Ultimately, Huffman fell to the team from Vidalia in the championship the next evening.

Vidalia will now advance to the Senior League Softball World Series in Lower Sussex, Delaware next week.