GALLUP — The Roosevelt County All-Stars came up short in their bid to wrest the state Little League intermediate division (ages 12-13) title from host Gallup on Sunday, dropping a 10-4 decision.
Roosevelt County forced a second championship game in the three-team, double-elimination event by beating Gallup 9-5 on Saturday night.
Gallup, the visiting team in the game, scored four runs in the top of the first and never looked back. Gallup advances to a national regional tournament at Grand Junction, Colo.
Josiah Lucero and Alex Galvan shared pitching duties for Roosevelt County
“The kids tried really hard,” coach Victor Lucero said. “They just came up short.”
Gallup added two runs in the fourth for a 6-0 lead before Roosevelt scored in the bottom half on a triple by Galvan and a single by Corbin Baldridge.
Gallup added its final runs in the top of the sixth. Roosevelt rallied with run-scoring doubles from Joel Laarda and Josiah Lucero en route in a three-run bottom of the sixth.
Roosevelt County prevented further damage with an unusual triple play, coming on a strikeout with the bases loaded. The ball got away from the catcher, Lagarda, but t he batter was already out with first base occupied. The runners took off, and Roosevelt County ended up catching two of them in rundowns to escape the jam.
The Portales team loaded the bases in the seventh before a pair of strikeouts ended the game.