The Roosevelt 9-10 year old All-Star Little League baseball team came out victorious in both of their Sunday and Monday games in the state tournament in Carlsbad. The wins leave the team in the hunt for a state championship despite their first-round loss.
Roosevelt’s assistant coach Alan Roberts said the team “played a whole lot better in these last two games. They were hitting the ball much better.”
Roosevelt played the White Rock All-Stars Sunday afternoon and won, 11-0.
Roberts said Daniel Hernandez pitched in Sunday’s game and that he had real good control. White Rock was unable to hit the ball that hard.
Roberts said the game ended after only four innings.
“Everyone was hitting. We had very few walks or errors,” Roberts said.
Roosevelt played the Raton All-Stars Monday and won, 11-1.
Roberts said Lane Carrasco pitched for Monday’s game and did well in keeping Raton’s batters off balance.
He said Raton got a few hard hits, but Roosevelt made good catches on defense.
“We did really well in hitting again. It was a real team effort,” Roberts said.
Roosevelt will continue its play in the state tournament Wednesday at 8 p.m. against the loser of the Carlsbad and Eastdale of Albuquerque game.
Silver City beats Roosevelt 11-12
The Roosevelt 11-12 year old All-Star Little League baseball team lost to the Silver City All-Stars Monday in Alamogordo after an unexpected comeback, eliminating Roosevelt from the state tournament.
Roosevelt’s team manager Albert Acosta said the final score was 9-8 after nine innings.
Acosta said Roosevelt had the game in their hands with a score of 8-0 until the fifth inning when Silver City made a sudden come back and scored nine runs in the last four innings with some key hits and walks.
He said Roosevelt played a very good game though. Jesus Acosta hit a grand-slam in the third inning followed by Louis Ortiz and Brandon Aguirre hitting two back-to-back homeruns in the fourth.
Acosta said Lathan Lieb and J’Kobie Lee “probably had the best pitching out there. Lieb was able to hold the 8-8 tie up until the bottom of the ninth inning.”
Acosta said what went wrong was probably low support from parents. He said some parents began to “down talk” some of the team and that it began to get to their (Roosevelt team’s) heads.
“Some parents just weren’t being supportive enough. Some don’t realize that the district or season games are a totally different ball game than the state ones.”