American ousted in 9-10 tourney

CNJ staff

ROSWELL — Clovis American’s run in the state 9-10 Little League baseball tournament is over.

Carlsbad Shorthorn rallied from a six-run deficit and benefitted from an overturned call Tuesday night to edge American 11-10. The Clovis squad went 2-2 and finished fourth in the double-elimination tournament.

“It was a heartbreaker, but the kids played hard,” American manager Craig Rohrbach said. “We lost the first game and came back to get fourth place, and that’s pretty good.”

American opened a 9-3 lead with a seven-run third featuring Trey Phillips’ three-run homer and a two-run double by Anthony Gonzales. Shorthorn pulled even with a six-run fourth, but American scored in the fifth and had another run taken away by what was ruled to be interference.

Shorthorn tied it in the bottom of the inning and won it with a run in the sixth.

Mason Webskowski pitched into the fourth inning for American before running into his pitch limit, and Gonzales finished the game.