Zia falls in state Majors tourney

CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Clovis Zia’s Andre Hooks pitches against Bayard Copper during Monday’s state Majors Little League game at Beachum Field.

CNJ staff

Although its run in the state Little League Majors tournament was a short one, Clovis Zia gave a pretty good account of itself.

Host Zia had early leads both Sunday night at Dickenson Field and Monday night at Beachum Field, but could not hold on in losing to Roswell Noon Optimist 11-7 and Bayard Copper 14-11, respectively.

Ruben Madrid hit a three-run homer and Joseph Moreno added a two-run shot to stake Zia to a 5-3 lead after one inning in Sunday’s game. Noon Optimist, though, hit a pair of home runs of its own and broke a 7-7 tie with a three-run fourth.

On Monday, Copper erased a 3-2 deficit with a six-run fourth and held on to advance.

Copper added four in the fifth for an 11-3 lead, but Zia battled back with four runs in each of the final two innings to make it close.

Zia had five hits, including a double by Andre Hooks and a triple by Joseph Moreno.

“We had a great effort for six innings tonight,” Zia manager Tomas Gallegos said. “We just came up short.

“You don’t want to fall too far behind against these teams at the state level. We gave them a lot more runs than we should have.”

9-10 tournament — At Albuquerque, Clovis American avenged Saturday’s first-round loss to Silver City with a 13-3 rout in a losers bracket contest.

Cole Rohrbach pitched into the fifth inning for American, which trailed 3-0 after one inning and took the lead with a nine-run fourth highlighted by Zane Morris’ two-run single on a 3-0 pitch. Trey Phillips added a two-run homer in the fifth.

American plays Carlsbad Shorthorn in a 5:30 p.m. contest today.

American left eight runners on base in the first three innings before breaking through in a 3 1/2-hour marathon slowed by a couple of delays for protests.

“It was an excellent game,” American manager Craig Rohrbach said. “The kids showed a lot of character because of the (delays for) the protests, but they came back every time there was a stoppage.”

On Sunday night, American pounded Albuquerque South Valley 15-4 in four innings, scoring six runs in the fourth — four on Cole Rohrbach’s two-out grand slam — and ive more in the fifth.

Anthony Gonzales went 4-for-4 for American while Colson Faircloth pitched a complete game for the win.