Freedom New Mexico
LOS LUNAS — The Clovis American All-Stars pulled close with a five-run fourth on Saturday, but Silver City answered with five of its own in the top of the sixth for an 11-5 first-round win in the state 11-12 Little League tournament.
Meantime, both Clovis Zia entries also lost first-round matchups. The 13-14 All-Stars bowed to Carlsbad 14-1 at Los Alamos, while the 9-10 squad was blanked by Roswell Noon Optimists 16-0 at Albuquerque.
Ameican returns to action at 5:30 p.m. Monday against either host Los Lunas Enchantment or Las Vegas, while both Zia squads face Albuquerque Westgate today in elimination games — the 9-10s at 11 a.m. and the 13-14s at 1 p.m.
In the 10-11 state tournament at Deming, the Roosevelt County All-Stars opened their bid with an 18-2 rout of Raton.
Silver City 11, American 5 — Gentry Doolittle’s two-run double sparked American’s comeback against Silver City.
“It was extremely hot,” American manager Duwain Hill said. “The kids just played hard. They had a good pitcher who held us at bay through about the first three innings.”
Carlsbad 14, Zia 1 — The Zia All-Stars had a tough time in their opener. Michael Cordova accounted for the only Clovis run, scoring on a passed ball after reaching base with a double.
Ean Morris added a double and a triple for Zia.
“They (Carlsbad) just kept plugging along,” Zia manager Charlton Guthals said. “We just couldn’t score with them.”
Roswell 16, Zia 0 — Joseph Garcia and Eli Cordova highlighted Zia’s outing in a run-rule game, combining to pitch two scoreless innings, manager Rene Mendoza said.
Mendoza said he thought his team felt a bit intimidated.
“Right off the bat we got our heads down,” he said. “I think they tried their best, but it was to no avail.
“I told the kids I saw some good things that made me proud, but we also made some (costly) errors. (Without) the errors, I don’t think we would’ve had a run rule.”
Roosevelt County 18, Raton 2 — Coach Sammy Villanueva said his team was motivated by hearing from team member Daniel Sanchez before Saturday’s game. Sanchez was in a Lubbock hospital after suffering injuries in a motorcycle accident.
“Whenever they heard Daniel come over that phone, they just cheered up immediately,” Sammy Villanueva said.
Roosevelt County scored at least three runs in each of the four innings of the run-rule-shortened contest.
Roosevelt County faces Carlsbad at 7 p.m. today. Carlsbad advanced in the winners bracket with a 6-2 win over Albuquerque Zia on Saturday.