Little League district softball starts Friday

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The road to the state and national Little League tournaments starts this weekend for four Valencia County all-star teams as the District 9 Little League softball tournaments begin Friday in Albuquerque.

Enchantment Little League from Los Lunas will be represented by teams in the Minor and Major Divisions while Belen Little League sends one team in the minor division. Yucca Little League of Bosque Farms has one team in the Major division.

Tournament games start Friday, June 29, at Westgate Little League but play for county all-star teams begins Saturday. The Belen and Enchantment All-Stars play each other at 9 a.m. in the Minor division while in the Major division, the Enchantment All-Stars take on the Yucca All-Stars at 9 a.m. Saturday.

Play continues every day in the double-elimination tournament until Tuesday, July 2, or Wednesday, July 3. The championship game for both four-team tournament is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 2, with an "if" game scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 3.

The winner of the Major softball tournament moves on to the state Major softball tournament at the Santa Fe National Little League, which starts Saturday, July 13.

The West regional tournament for Major softball takes place July 25-31 in San Bernadino, Calif.

The Little League Softball World Series for Major division runs Aug. 4-10 in Portland, Ore.