Arizona tourney proves tough for Lady Tigers

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The competition got a lot tougher for the Los Lunas softball team on Thursday in the Tournament of Champions held at Bullhead, Ariz.

The tournament matches some of the best teams from the western states in a three-day bracket.

Saguas, Calif., beat Los Lunas, 7-1, to send the Tigers to the consolation bracket. They were set to face a team from Tucson, Ariz., on Friday in a game that began after the News-Bulletin press time.

The trip came after Los Lunas had dismantled Atrisco Heritage on Tuesday, 18-3, in a four inning mercy-rule game.

Saguas, Calif. 7,

Los Lunas 1

Angela Duran provided all of the Tiger scoring with a home run in the third inning off Saguas' ace Brandy Burgin.

Burgin only allowed a single to Mykayla Moody, in addition to the homer, for a two-hit win over Los Lunas.

The Tigers made four errors in the loss as D'Ana Gabaldon went the distance on the mound for Los Lunas.

Los Lunas 18,

Atrisco Heritage 3

Five Tiger runs in the first inning put the game out of reach for the host Jaguars.

Duran had the big hit of the inning with a two-run single. Moody added a run-scoring double and the Tigers led 5-0 after the first inning.

Los Lunas added five more in the second as Duran continued to feast on Atrisco pitching. She had five runs batted in during the game and scored three times.

Duran had another two RBI single in the second inning and Los Lunas led 10-0. Atrisco Heritage posted two runs in the bottom of the second.

Samantha Lucero and Gabaldon got the big hits in the eight-run fourth inning. Gabaldon had a two-run double, while Lucero hit a single that scored two runs.

Gabaldon got the win to improve to 2-0 in the run-rule shortened game.


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