Vidalia teams fall in Little League action

Published 12:01 am Wednesday, August 8, 2012

SANTA FE, N.M. — It was a tough day at the plate and in the field for the Vidalia 14-and-under Little League team in New Mexico.

Vidalia fell 4-2 to Texas West Tuesday morning in the finals of the Southwest Regional Tournament.

Texas West held Vidalia to just two runs on five hits, and Vidalia struck out 11 times in the contest.

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“The Texas West pitcher did an awesome job on the mound. She kept the ball low and we hit a lot of ground balls,” Vidalia coach Donald Bertelsen said. “She was not overpowering, so to speak. She was just hitting her spots.”

Another key factor in the game was the four errors Vidalia committed. Three of them led to Texas West’s first three runs of the game.

“One error in the (top of) the first led to their one run. Two errors in the (top of) the third inning led to two runs,” Bertelsen said.

Vidalia finally got on the board with one run in the bottom of the third inning and then scored another run in the bottom of the sixth to make it a 3-2 ball game. However, Texas West put the brakes on Vidalia’s comeback attempt with one run in the top of the seventh. Kayla Gilmore was Vidalia’s only multiple hitter, going 2-for-3 with a double.

Elizabeth Smith was the losing pitcher as she allowed four runs (two earned) on eight hits with two walks. She struck out seven batters.

Despite finishing short of advancing to the Little League Softball World Series, Bertelsen said he was pleased with how far the team went.

“I don’t know if there’s a prouder coach than I am. They worked their butts off. They made so many sacrifices to get here,” Bertelsen said. “Words do not explain how proud of them I am.”

Puerto Rico 4, Vidalia 15s and 16s 2

LOWER SUSSEX, Del. — The Vidalia 15- and 16-year-old All-Stars ran into two good pitchers in their loss Puerto Rico Tuesday morning at the Senior League Softball World Series.

Despite walking four batters and striking out none, winning pitcher Michelle Rivera allowed one run on just three hits in four innings of work. Jocely De Leon came on in relief and allowed one run of three hits and struck out four.

Puerto Rico scored all four of its runs in the first two innings — three runs on three hits in the bottom of the first and one run in the bottom of the second. Yahelis Munoz went 2-for-3 with a double and Yairka Moran was 2-for-3.

Paige Bryan gave up four runs on seven hits with four walks and two hit batters in six innings. She went 2-for-3 while Maura Cooper and Blake Colclasure each had a double.

Vidalia fell to 1-1 in Pool A and will take on undefeated Central (U.S.) today at 7 p.m. local time.