Isleta, Enchantment All-Stars fall at state
The Isleta Senior All-Stars and Enchantment Minor All-Stars found their state tournament rides very bumpy and bumpy as both teams fell to their respective consolation brackets before being eliminated in play this past weekend.
The Isleta All-Stars found the Los Alamos County All-Stars to be a puzzle they could not solve at the state tournament in Santa Fe.
Isleta lost to the White Rock-based team twice in the tournament, falling 11-0 in their opening game, then going down 12-7 in the elimination game in the consolation bracket of the four-team double-elimination tournament.
“It was a combination of things,” said manager Terrie Wilson. “The girls were a little nervous with the anticipation of playing in the state tournament. And with the speed and pitching of (Los Alamos County), they just couldn’t hit.”
In between those games, Isleta managed to beat the Gallup Little League All-Stars 13-3 in a mercy-rule shortened game to keep their tournament run alive.
Game two against Los Alamos saw similar problems for Isleta, Wilson said.
“We had some pitching struggles of our own and that’s where we fell behind,” she said. “Once we made a pitching change, then we were able to hold our own. But we had dug ourselves into a bit of a hole.”
Wilson said pitchers Taylor Lente and Jill Lucero were consistent on the mound and hitting while catcher Bryanna Jiron and Holly Jaramillo played good defensively, as well as getting key hits when needed.
Los Alamos County finished the tournament with a monkey of their own on their back, falling to the Copper All-Stars from Bayard 16-4 in the championship game. Copper knocked Los Alamos from the winner’s bracket with a 16-3 defeat.
The Enchantment Minor All-Stars seemed poised to beat Raton in their opening game Saturday morning, leading 4-2 going into the sixth inning.
But a three-run Raton rally gave the representatives from District 4 a stunning 5-4 win that knocked Enchantment into the consolation bracket of the tournament in Albuquerque.
Enchantment then lost a 14-3 mercy-rule shortened game to the Dine Nation team from Gallup, to be eliminated from the tournament.
“They (Dine Nation) got an early lead and they had some good bats out there,” said manager Gabe Sanchez. “It was kind of tough to come back from that. The team felt pretty confident the whole time but sometimes you get a better team than you are.”
Enchantment got scoring from a run from Aleksandra Sanchez and Alex Tenorio in both games, as well as runs from Kendall Ostler in game two and Emma Davids and Katelyn Vialpando in game one.