SANTA ROSA — Four of the six District 4 Little League championships contested in sunny Santa Rosa this past week were scooped up by teams from the Meadow City.
In three cases, the titles were ultimately decided in finals between Las Vegas Little League and La Plaza Little League squads.
It was one of the strongest overall showings in years for the city’s youngsters.
In baseball, local teams managed a clean sweep of the 9-10, 10-11 and 11-12 age divisions. Local softball teams combined for one title and two runner-up finishes.
Next up are the state tournaments, set for various locations around New Mexico starting this coming weekend.
A breakdown of District 4, the week that was:
La Plaza 16, Taos 2
La Plaza’s John Burch hit a three-run triple as part of a backbreaking third inning surge that made Wednesday morning’s outcome academic. The game was called in the fourth due to the 10-run rule. And La Plaza pitcher Roy Pacheco scored three runs to aid his own cause.
Next is state this weekend in Roswell.
La Plaza 9-10 team members are Elijah Alarcon, John Burch, Andres Ulibarri, Joaquin Perea, Brandon Montaño, Ryan Rivera, Adam Esquibel, Omar Gallardo, Angel Sanchez, Jose Alires, Josiah Baca, Roy Pacheco, manager Robert Alarcon and coaches Roy Pacheco and Marvin Perea.
Las Vegas 18, La Plaza 8
Final score aside, this was one of the closest games of the entire week, at least through the first four innings, when the two town rivals were embroiled in an 8-8 deadlock that had two packed sets of bleachers hollering. But LVLL scored 10 unanswered runs after that to secure the championship.
State begins Friday in Clovis.
Las Vegas 10-11 team members include Derek Montaño, Emiliano Berged, R.J. Baca, Derek Tafoya, Gabriel Garcia, Steven Pedro, Justyn Gold-Lujan, Andrew Trujillo, Hunter Jordan, Jacob Estrada, Steven Quintana, manager Allen Lujan and coaches David Montaño and Jonathan Jordan.
Las Vegas 18, La Plaza 1
In the second of two all-Las Vegas baseball championship games Wednesday afternoon, LVLL jumped out to a sizable early lead and didn’t let up. The tally was 10-0 in the second inning as the East side crew dominated both offensively and defensively, getting four hits and five RBI from James Archuleta and 10 strikeouts from reliever Austen King.
Archuleta and Antonio Cordova each homered; King and Caleb Marrujo each had three hits.
State is being hosted by Albuquerque Zia Little League this weekend.
Las Vegas 11-12 team members are Steven Encinias, Antonio Cordova, Brandon Lucero, Austen King, Lonny Montoya, Juan Bustamante, James Archuleta, Robert Silva, Zachary Jordan, Caleb Marrujo, Antonio Padilla, manager Leonard Lucero, coaches Nick Marrujo and Tony Cordova.
Las Vegas 16, La Plaza 5
In a best-of-three series between the only two leagues to field all-star teams in the 10-11 age division, La Plaza won game one 14-8 before LVLL prevailed with back-to-back wins in elimination games, 12-2 and 16-5. The latter was a winner-take-all matchup on Monday.
State begins Saturday in Albuquerque, hosted by Thunderbird Little League.
LVLL 10-11 softball includes Ashlynn Trujillo, Kaitlin Gonzales, AnnaLea Lucero, Kylee Moberg, Jasmine Vigil, Alianza Darley, Iliana Lujan, Chantelle Wiggins, Sabrina Roybal, Samantha Roybal, Liana Vigil, Leticia Vigil, manager David Montoya and coach Ramon Vialpando.
Santa Rosa 17, Las Vegas 9
Las Vegas hadn’t lost a game heading into Wednesday afternoon’s championship, but the host Santa Rosa squad nipped the visitors 7-6 to force the “if” game later in the day.
The girls in purple didn’t waste time jumping out to a 5-0 lead and held on to complete the upset.
An appeal by the Vegas team claiming infractions was overruled.
State is this weekend in Albuquerque.