By Rick White
Softball has become a family affair for Lookouts coach Arthur Gallegos.
Twelve of the 14 players on the 14 & under softball team are related to Gallegos. Some are cousins, some are nieces and two are his daughters.
Together, they give new meaning to relative success.
Gallegos wouldn’t have it any other way.
“Being around my family and working with them is fun,” Gallegos said Sunday, after the Lookouts beat Too Kool of Alamogordo 19-10 in the 14 & under title game of the Lil’ Custom Classic tournament at Guy Leeder Softball Complex.
“We kind of fell apart in the first game,” said shortstop Valerie Gallegos, the coach’s daughter, who also collected five hits. “The second game we played together.”
Outfielder Tiffany Marez wielded a big stick for the Lookouts, banging out three triples among her five hits, as her team rebounded from a 12-7 loss to Too Kool earlier in the day in the double-elimination tournament.
The Lookouts jumped out to an 8-0 lead in their first at-bat in the title game and were never seriously threatened on their way to finishing the tournament 4-1.
In other title games, Power II rallied for two runs in the top of the seventh inning and edged Spitfire 8-7 in the 12 & under division.
For the second day in a row, Lorrie Garcia drove in the tying and winning runs, as Power II avenged a 16-6 loss to their Clovis counterpart earlier in the day.
“These kids just have a lot of heart,” Power II manager Julio Rubio said. “These girls have been together for a long time and never give up.”
In the senior division, the Clovis Sparks capped off an unbeaten tournament run by defeating Excalibur 13-3.
In the 10 & under division, Xplosion lived up to its nickname by scoring in double figures in every game, including an 18-9 win over Clovis Speed in the title game.
In the 8 & under division, the Lil’ Stars shone bright with a 4-0 record in round robin play, while the Players beat out three Amarillo teams for the 10 & under boys title.