STATE LITTLE LEAGUE: Altamont 10-11s oust Zia

CNJ staff

In a high-scoring, seesaw game, Albuquerque Altamont got in the last swing.

Altamont put an end to the contest with a 13-run fourth, capped by a game-ending, three-run homer, to oust Clovis Zia 23-11 in a losers bracket game of the state 10-11 Little League tournament at Dickenson Field.

Zia, which beat Albuquerque Westgate 7-1 on Saturday and lost 15-7 on Sunday to another Albuquerque team, Sunset, broke on top with five runs in the top of the first. Altamont came back with seven in the bottom half, but Zia pulled ahead again 11-10 with another five-run inning in the fourth.

CNj staff photo: Kevin Wilson Zia pitcher Jonathan Rodriguez lines a base hit to center field in Monday’s state 10-11 Little League game against Albuquerque Altamont at Dickenson Field.

CNj staff photo: Kevin Wilson
Zia pitcher Jonathan Rodriguez lines a base hit to center field in Monday’s state 10-11 Little League game against Albuquerque Altamont at Dickenson Field.

Altamont then put together its decisive rally, compiling seven hits and six walks in the bottom half to end the game on the 10-run rule.

Nick Tapia led Zia’s attack, going 3-for-3 with a double, while Jacob Wolftongue and Brittni Chavez each added a pair of hits.

All four Clovis teams were ousted from state tournaments on Monday.

13-14 — At Carlsbad, Zia finished 1-2, losing on Saturday to Silver City 11-1, beating Albuquerque Enchantment 14-4 on Sunday and bowing out with a 6-3 loss on Monday to Pojoaque Valley.

Pojoaque Valley scored four runs in the top of the first for a lead it wouldn’t relinquish, helped by walks and errors. Brandon Romero came in and pitched effectively the rest of the way to keep the team in the game, Zia manager Mike Tipton said.

Tomas Gallegos had an RBI single for Zia.

9-10 — At Roswell, the American All-Stars were eliminated when Albuquerque Westgate scored in the bottom of the sixth for a 5-4 victory.

CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Clovis Zia’s Brittni Chavez slides safely into home as Albuquerque Altamont catcher Jacob Martinez waits for the throw in the top of the fourth inning of Monday’s state 10-11 Little League game at Dickenson Field. Altamont rallied to win the elimination game 23-11.

CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson
Clovis Zia’s Brittni Chavez slides safely into home as Albuquerque Altamont catcher Jacob Martinez waits for the throw in the top of the fourth inning of Monday’s state 10-11 Little League game at Dickenson Field. Altamont rallied to win the elimination game 23-11.

American, which lost to Albuquerque Roadrunner 11-1 in Saturday’s first round, rallied from an early 2-0 deficit with run-scoring triples from Josh Myers and Johnny Jimenez.

Logan Bowman, Luke Phipps and Cian Holmes hand-led pitching duties for the Clovis squad in the contest.

11-12 — At Albuquerque, the American All-Stars pulled out a 10-9 win over Albuquerque Westgate on Saturday, but dropped games on Sunday and Monday.

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