Enchantment, Yucca majors eliminated by Westgate L.L.

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A pair of common obstacles kept both the Enchantment and Yucca Little League softball all-stars from advancing to Tuesday’s championship game — a lack of hitting and the Westgate All-Stars

Westgate eliminated both Valencia County teams in dominating fashion at the District 9 Little League Softball Tournament at Westgate Little League in Albuquerque over the weekend.

After falling to 9-6 to South Valley Friday night, Westgate proceeded to take out their frustrations against the Yucca All-stars in Sunday morning’s consolation bracket, winning 17-4 in four innings to eliminate the Bosque Farms-based all-stars.

Enchantment, which beat up on Yucca 16-6 in Saturday’s opening game, fell 11-1 to South Valley on Sunday in the winner’s bracket.

The loss set up the Enchantment All-stars’ Monday night’s consolation bracket game against Westgate. Stakes were high as the winner moved on for a shot at Tuesday’s championship game and a berth in the state minor division championship at Thunderbird Little League in Albuquerque..

But Westgate jumped out to a 9-0 first-inning lead and padded it further in the second inning with eight runs to take an insurmountable 17-0 lead going into the bottom of the second. It was all over for Enchantment as the four-inning game ended 20-4.

“Our pitchers just couldn’t find their mark (today),” Enchantment manager Eric Lopez said Monday night. “They had one good inning and we had one bad inning.”

The game was a sharp contrast to Enchantment’s opening game, when the Los Lunas-based all-stars opened with 8-3 first inning against Yucca.

Enchantment took advantage of three walks and three hits, then added seven runs in the second inning on the way to a 16-6 mercy rule-shortened win.

The Enchantment all-stars were able to ride the first game momentum and hung tough with South Valley on Sunday. Enchantment trailed 1-0 early on, but tied the game 1-1 on a run by Brooklyn Carter.

South Valley took back the lead at 2-1 in their next at bat, then erupted for nine runs in the fourth inning, triggering the 10-run mercy rule to end the game at 11-1 after Enchantment went 3-up, 3-down in the bottom of the fourth.

On Monday, Lopez cited Mercedez Montaño, Olivia Lopez and catcher Jaden Love as his top players of the tournament, but said their entire team performed well.

“I really enjoyed their will to fight,” said Lopez. “They didn’t give up. I’m so proud of the girls and I can’t say that enough.”

The Yucca All-stars found the going just as rough against Westgate on Sunday morning, falling behind 6-2 after the first inning. Unable to get their pitching on target, Yucca gave up five runs in the third and fourth inning before the game was called in the fourth inning by the mercy rule.

Julie Logan was among the bright spots for Yucca on Sunday, scoring two runs against Westgate. Isabella Trujillo and Kimberly Logan each scored two runs in the two tournament games as well.

“We could have gotten a lot more hitting, but the girls were just holding back. It was just the jitters,” Yucca manager Chris Logan said Sunday morning. “I give it to all these girls. It was a first time for some of them playing all-stars.