LOS LUNAS — The Clovis American All-Stars got off to a fast start Tuesday, but were blanked by Albuquerque Petroglyph after the first inning in absorbing a 10-4 losers bracket loss in the state 13-14 Little League tournament.
American, which went 1-2 in the double-elimination event, got a leadoff triple from Jake Lopez and a walk to A.J. Marez to start the top of the first. Ethan Dennie followed with an RBI single, Lucas Walthers hit a two-run double and Conner Doolitte added a run-scoring single.
But Petroglyph scored in each of the first five innings, capped by a four-run fifth which broke the game open.
“We battled back and fourth,” American manager Albert Marez said. “We had some little (defensive) miscues and that sort of hurt us at the last.”
American, which lost its opener to Carlsbad Rotary 15-0 on Saturday, stayed alive with a 13-12 win over Raton on Monday.
American took a 7-4 lead with a five-run second and stayed in front until Raton tied it with two in the top of the seventh. American then won it when Lopez walked, took third on a double by Marez and scored on Dennie’s single in the bottom of the inning.
Albert Marez said the Carlsbad and Albuquerque teams are more seasoned, playing about twice as many games as his players get during the season.
“It was sort of a learning experience for us at this level,” he said.
Clovis’ other two entries in state competition both went two-and-out.
At Albuquerque, the Zia 11-12 All-Stars were ousted by Albuquerque Zia 15-3 on Sunday. The Clovis squad dropped its opener to Los Alamos 13-3 on Saturday.
In Sunday’s contest, Matt Mascarenas provided all of Clovis Zia’s offense with a pair of home runs, including one with a runner on. But Albuquerque Zia whacked five round-trippers, and broke open a 5-3 game with 10 runs in the final two innings.
Zia manager Charles Lott said his squad put the ball in play consistently, but didn’t have the overall depth of its Albuquerque opponent.
“All in all, the boys had fun,” Lott said. “The experience was a good one, and they enjoyed it.”
The American 9-10 All-Stars dropped a pair of games at Roswell, losing on Friday 14-1 to Albuquerque Eastdale and on Saturday 7-4 to Deming.
Coach Jay Kelley said his team was down 4-1 after three innings before Eastdale pulled away. Kelley said he thought Eastdale was the best team in the state field.
Josh Treadway and Kordell Tindle each had a couple of hits for American in the tournament.
The fourth state representative from the district, the Roosevelt County 10-11 squad, went 1-2 over the weekend at Taos. Roosevelt County was eliminated by Las Vegas 4-3 on Tuesday afternoon.