By Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer
The second match-up between the 9-and 10-year-old Roosevelt County All-stars and Clovis Zias produced a different outcome than the first with Roosevelt County coming out on top with an 11-1 win last night at Rotary Park in Portales.
The Zia’s struck first, stealing home in the top of the first inning. That wouldn’t be enough though, as it was their only run in a game which became dominated by Roosevelt County. The culmination of good hitting and pitching is what led them to victory.
Daniel Hernandez pitched four innings for Roosevelt County and threw seven strikeouts before Eli Tapia came in to pitch in the fifth which would be the final inning due to the 10-run rule.
Two runs scored in the second inning, a grand-slam homerun by Nate Salas in the fourth inning followed by two more runs scored that same inning and two gained in the fifth sealed the deal for Roosevelt County.
“Today the kids just played good they hit the ball well and we had great pitching,” Roosevelt County Head Coach Sam Villanueva said. “The kids play hard and never quit and I know they always give it 110 percent.”
After being beat 16-15 by the Zia’s on Saturday, Roosevelt County made up their minds it wasn’t going to happen again.
“I thought we played a really good game and I just think that Lane Carrasco really helped the team and Daniel pitched a great game,” Sam Roberts said.
Roberts contributed to hits in the game as well as Carrasco, Payton Casey and Alex Villanueva.
Roosevelt County will face the Zia’s in their third and final match-up in the District 3 Little League championship game to determine who goes to state.
“They’re a real good ball club, they beat us once and we beat them once so it’s going to be a tough game,” Roosevelt County Assistant Coach Alan Roberts said.
The game will be at 7 p.m. Thursday night in Clovis.