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Scrubs hold on, win title

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Gallegos’ defense key

By Dave Kavanaugh

Alta Vista Regional Hospital pulled out a 13-12 victory over Budweiser-Dick’s-Night Owl in the women’s championship game of the Las Vegas Adult Softball League this past Thursday night.

The Bud team, which was seeking a tournament title for the second consecutive season, rallied from the 12-5 deficit it faced to start the fifth inning.

Bud’s starting pitcher crumbled to the ground with an injury and was forced from the game in the bottom of the third. That injury brought in relief pitcher Jacklyn Alarcon, the youngest player on the team, to the mound. Alarcon settled in and kept her team close.

But this night belonged to the Scrubs, who’d cleaned up with a second regular-season title and didn’t let up for the tournament.

Scrubs shortstop Amanda Gallegos made several huge defensive grabs, including a couple of vertical leaps to rob Bud of base hits.

With time running out — tourney games have a limit — every one of Alta Vista’s runs proved significant.

Budweiser’s crew had to play twice on Thursday, first beating the hottest team in the late stretch, Vida Encantada, to ensure itself a spot in the final.

AVRH, 10-3 in the regular season, went 3-0 in the tourney,  beating Lady Warriors 31-3, Vida Encantada 8-6 and Bud 13-12.

The men’s league final was to be held Sunday evening after this issue went to press. See the Optic on Wednesday for updated coverage.