Las Vegas Little League’s 10-11 baseball team captivated its fans with a well-played best-of-three series against crosstown rival La Plaza for the District 4 championship a couple weeks back.
Now, the team is hoping to replicate that with a deep run in the state tournament, which, as luck would have it, is being played at the same venue — La Plaza’s Rodriguez Park off Grant Street.
Weather permitting, the team was to play its opener around midday Sunday against either District 1 champion Los Alamos County or District 3 champ Roosevelt County. The winner of that game was to play at 4:30 Monday. The loser faced an elimination game at 9 a.m. also Monday.
The tourney continues through the end of the week, with the initial title game at 11 a.m. Friday, and the “if necessary” game at 11 Saturday.
Last week, the Meadow City hosted two of the state Little League softball tournaments — in the majors (11-12) and juniors (13-14) divisions. LVLL’s juniors repeated as state champs, beating Zia Mile High in the final. LVLL’s majors squad finished third in its bracket behind champ Silver City and runner-up Westgate.
A couple of other local softball teams, Las Vegas 9-10 and La Plaza 10-11, competed in Bayard.
With attention turning to baseball this week, three local squads — all from Las Vegas Little League — are in action representing the community.
LVLL 9-10 is in Albuquerque as part of a 10-team state tournament that runs through Friday or Saturday. Vegas’ first opponent was Los Alamos.
LVLL majors (11-12) are in Carlsbad, joining eight other teams for a state tourney that runs through Thursday or Friday.
In the first game, Vegas was to play Carlsbad American, champion of District 6, late Saturday.
All tournaments are double-elimination format. Brackets are available online via eteamz.com/newmexicolittleleague.