Paula Chronic: PNT Staff Writer
Pitcher Lathan Lieb led the Roosevelt County All-stars to a 16-0 shut-out victory by allowing only one hit and striking out eight batters Wednesday night at Portales Rotary Park.
Lieb hit two of the four home runs against the Clovis Zias for a win by the 11- and 12-year-olds out of Roosevelt County.
“It was a great game by Roosevelt County let me tell you that much, they came out hitting the ball just like we’ve been working with them all practice,” Manager Donny Martinez said.
Dominating the game from the first inning, the Roosevelt County All-stars jumped on Zia pitcher Michael Cordova and never let up.
By the fourth inning after scoring 16 runs there was nothing left to do but end the game on account of the 10-run rule.
“It’s a team effort, we work together and give each other advice, these kids played real well tonight,” Head Coach Albert Acosta said.
Catcher Raymond Martinez threw a runner out in the third inning who was trying to steal second. He said he was proud of the way he and his teammates played.
For the Roosevelt County All-stars, there’s a little something extra pushing the team towards the goal of winning state.
“We hope to win state for David Rodriguez, so hopefully we can just keep playing like we played today,” Raymond Martinez said.
Rodriguez is a player who was injured during practice and is out for the season.
“He was one of our good players and a great motivator for our team so that goal is for him,” Donny Martinez said.
J’Kobie Lee and Brandon Aguirre also hit a home run in the game.
The Roosevelt Country All-stars’ next game will be at 7 p.m. on Friday against American at American Field in Clovis.
Clovis American defeats Roosevelt County
In a game filled with good pitching and damp field conditions, the pressure was put on the fielders in a 10-to-11 year-old district Little League contest in Clovis on Wednesday night. It was Roosevelt County’s defense that was first to crack in extra innings as Clovis American took a 3-2 victory.
With the win, Clovis American put itself in position to wrap up the district all-stars crown with another victory on Friday. Because the Clovis and Portales teams are the only two in this district tournament, the next game — in Portales — will feature the same opponents again.
“They didn’t give up. They played hard,” said Clovis American coach Ricky Wilson, whose squad fell behind by a 2-0 score in the fourth. “The only problem when it’s wet is that the ball gets heavy. You can hear it smacking the bat — it’s like a dull rod.”
The contest was won by Clovis in the bottom of the seventh. After reliever Reyes Calbert struck out the first batter he faced, Clovis American’s Kole Glover made contact for an opposite-field single to right.
The next hitter, Hayden Hukill, grounded back to Calbert, who wheeled to throw to second in an effort to force out Glover. Though the throw was not far off the bag, it went between two Roosevelt County infielders and into centerfield as Glover moved on to third.
— Eric Butler contributed to this report.