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EMLL's 1st senior all-stars in decade lose 2

The Independent of Edgewood, New Mexico

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East Mountain Little League's senior division all-stars had high hopes going into this year's District 5 tournament in Albuquerque but those hopes were dashed when the team dropped its first two games and was eliminated from play.

According to District 5 administrator Camilla Serrano, this was EMLL's first senior all-star team since the late 1990s.

In the first game on July 15 the senior squad, whose players range in age from 14 to 16, lost to Roadrunner Little League 15-1. The score was tied 1-1 after two innings, but Roadrunner blew the game open in the top of the third, sending 13 batters to the plate and tagging East Mountain starting pitcher Ray Demarest for eight runs.

On July 16 in the second game of the double-elimination tournament, East Mountain fell to Altamont Little League 11-5. This game also started out close with Altamont holding a 2-1 lead after two innings.

In the bottom of the second inning East Mountain's Jonathan Chavez roped a double to right field. When a pitch to the next batter got past the Altamont catcher, Chavez scampered to third. The Altamont catcher threw to third. Although it appeared Chavez was already standing on the bag when he was tagged, the umpire called Chavez out.

Through the first couple of innings East Mountain starting pitcher Ty Cherry had been keeping Altamont's batters at bay with an effective mix of off-speed pitches and curveballs. In the top of the third he was replaced by Stephen Wade, who got Altamont's lead-off batter to ground out but gave up base hits to the next two batters.

Altamont then capitalized on a pair of East Mountain errors and scored three runs. In the bottom half of the inning, East Mountain answered with two runs when Altamont pitcher Travis Tillery son of coach Glen Tillery walked three batters and gave up a 2-RBI base hit to Cherry to make it a 5-3 ballgame.

Over the next three innings, Wade surrendered six more runs before being replaced by Chavez's brother Anthony.

East Mountain scored two more in the bottom of the sixth when three batters singled and outfielder David Danielson drew a walk.

In the bottom of the seventh, East Mountain had another glimmer of hope when Wade and his brother Brian smacked back-to-back base hits and each stole a base putting runners at second and third. But the next two batters both grounded out to end the game.

After the game, manager Alan Cherry said. "I think we played a very good game. We did get some bad calls that hurt us and that bothers me a little, but that's baseball."

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Original Publication Date: July 22, 2009

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