LAS VEGAS, N.M. — Albuquerque Petroglyph’s seven-run first, including a couple of home runs, proved too much for Clovis American to overcome Sunday as it bowed out of the state 11-12-year-old Little League tournament at Keys Park in a 9-6 loss.
American went 1-2 in the tournament, beating Taos 2-1 on Friday night before losing Saturday to Artesia 5-2 in the winners bracket semifinals.
Petroglyph, meantime, won its third losers bracket game in two days to stay alive in the double-elimination event. Petroglyph faces Albuquerque’s other entry, Mile High, in a 3:30 p.m. elimination game today.
First baseman Jimmy Hassel and right fielder Taylor Dudley belted two-run homers for Petroglyph in the bottom of the first. Petroglyph got a third home run from Josh Garcia, a solo shot in the fifth.
American closed to 7-5 with a five-run third on five hits, including a two-run single by Seth Bailey and run-scoring singles by Josh Potocki, Brett Anderson and Lane Drake. After Petroglyph went up 9-5 on Garcia’s homer, American scored its final run in the fifth on an RBI single by Matt Southard.
“They jumped on us early,” American coach Tom Drake said. “Our pitcher (Bailey) didn’t get the ball down in the first inning, but after that he did a good job.”
Bailey went the distance for Clovis, allowing 13 hits in five innings — seven coming in the first — with two strikeouts. American finished with seven hits.
“To come back from 7-0, I was proud of the kids for not quitting,” Drake said. “We competed against some good teams this weekend, and we held our own.
“If we’d have hit the ball (Saturday) like we did today, we wouldn’t have been playing today.”
The winners bracket final between Carlsbad Shorthorn and Artesia is scheduled for 1 p.m. today. The losers bracket final is at 1 p.m. Tuesday, with championship games set for 1 p.m. Wednesday and, if necessary, 11 a.m. Thursday.
The tournament champion goes on to regional competition in early August in Waco, Texas.