American 9-10s stay alive at state

CNJ staff

CNJ STAFF

ALBUQUERQUE — The Clovis American All-Stars stayed alive in state 9-10 Little League competition Saturday, using two big innings to turn back Taos 12-7 in a losers bracket game.

American, which lost to Carlsbad Shorthorn 6-4 on Friday, erased a 4-2 deficit with a five-run third, then pulled away with four runs in the bottom of the fifth. Sean Christman went 3-for-4 with an RBI double while Madison Austin and Rheal Kuchta each added a pair of hits for American, which meets White Rock in a 10 a.m. contest today.

In Friday’s loss to Shorthorn, Taitt Kuchta had two hits and a pair of walks. Micah Gray pitched the first five innings, striking out five, with Christman working the sixth.

In the 13-14 tournament at Deming, Clovis Zia went 1-2 and was eliminated on Saturday in a 10-3 loss to Los Lunas Enchantment. With the game scoreless, Enchantment scored five runs in the fifth, then added five in the sixth after Zia pulled to 5-3 in the bottom of the fifth.

Earlier Saturday, Zia stayed alive with an 11-1 rout of Taos as Michael Cordova threw a five-inning no-hitter, allowing only an unearned run. He recorded seven strikeouts.

Michael Anson’s two-run double keyed a seven-run second for Zia. The game ended on the 10-run rule after 4 1/2 innings.

Roosevelt County represented the district in the other two state tournaments, with its 11-12 squad reaching the winners bracket finals at Santa Fe with a pair of wins.

After routing Gallup 11-1 on Friday, the Roosevelt County 11-12s hit five home runs in an 11-4 win over Espanola Valley on Saturday at Santa Fe, advancing to a 1 p.m. clash today against either Cobre or Albuquerque Roadrunner.

The Roosevelt County 10-11 squad, beaten 13-2 on Friday by Albuquerque Zia, was eliminated on Saturday in a 7-6 loss to Albuquerque Westgate in Albuquerque.