Enchantment Minors champs again

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Pitcher Alex Tenorio struck out 11, scattered six hits and got plenty of defensive support as the Enchantment Minor All-Stars defeated Westgate 5-1 Tuesday night to win the District 9 Little League softball championship at the Isleta Little League Complex.

Kenn Rodriguez- News-Bulletin photo: ALEX TENORIO, truck out 11 as pitcher to lead the Enchantment Minor All-Stars to a 5-1 win over Westgate Tuesday.

Enchantment, which went undefeated in the tournament, now advances to the State Minor Softball Tournament, to be hosted by the Copper Little League in Bayard, N.M., just south of Silver City.

Kenn Rodriguez- News-Bulletin photo: Minor All-Stars, celebrate at home plate after defeating Westgate in the District 9 Tournament.

“The girls never got down, no matter if they were behind,” said manager Bryan Oslter. “They stayed together as a team and they all played together.”

On Tuesday, Enchantment managed 11 hits, but runs were tough for the Los Lunas-based all-star squad to come by early on. Enchantment took advantage of landing at the top of the line up in the top of the third inning, using that good fortune to break through.

Lead-off hitter Andrea Toledo and Kendall Ostler started the inning with a pair of singles, and then after an out, Tenioro took a walk to load the bases.

On the next at-bat, Westgate hit Kylie Garcia, bringing in Toldeo for their first run. After another run was walked in, MacKenzie Zuni finished the rally with an RBI single.

Enchantment exited that inning with disappointment, leaving the bases loaded. But ELL held a 3-0 lead that was made more solid by Tenorio’s solid pitching performance as the game wore on.

“Alexis’ pitching all weekend was awesome,” Bryan Ostler said. “We had Kendall pitch on Sunday. Our pitching staff was just awesome. Altogether, the girls backed up their pitcher.”

Westgate got on the board in the bottom of the third inning on a fielder’s choice and were threatening to do more damage, but shortstop Toledo snagged a line drive then threw to second baseman Kylie to complete a double play and shut down Westgate’s only threat of the game.

Enchantment would add runs in the fourth and fifth by Ostler, who finished the game going 4-for-4 with four singles and scoring three runs. Westgate got a runner into scoring position just twice more in the game, getting one hit in each remaining inning. But Enchantment shut the door on Westgate for the final time on the last play of the game when Zuni ran down a Westgate runner going back to third base for the final four.

Enchantment started the tournament with a 5-3 win over the same Westgate squad in extra innings on Saturday. The two teams were tied 2-2 after six innings before Enchantment out-scored the Albuquerque squad 3-1 in the extra inning.

Enchantment then beat county rivals Belen Little League 8-2 in the winner’s bracket Sunday morning to advance to the championship game. Westgate defeated Belen 17-6 in 5 innings Monday afternoon to advance to the championship game.