It’s been a few weeks since area baseball all-stars ended. The Southern Plains 10U team was the last man standing in this area as they traveled to play in their state tournament in Yuma, Colorado on July 7-10. Baseball is not like the softball tournaments where pool play is the first order of business and teams can end up playing 4-8 games during a tournament. The baseball tournaments are structured in a true double-elimination tournament from the very start. The 10U group, coached by Sean Lening (Eads) and Lonnie Spady (Eads) went 1-2 in the state tournament.
In their first game of the tournament, Southern Plains would take on the All-Stars from the Sterling area and win their opener, 12-0. Pitching for SP would be Brentley Lening (Eads) and he put in a beauty of a game as only three batters got on base. Lening would mow down 9 batters with the K. The defense for SP was outstanding as the three that did get on base was stopped on good defensive plays. The local boys started out offensively with two runs in the first inning when Nick Vasquez would draw a walk and Andre Salgado would come to the plate and pound out a 2-RBI homer on his first at bat. In the second inning Dylan Tamoyo would start out with a triple and Lening would follow him with a walk. With runners on the corners Vasquez came to the plate and hit a two-run double. SP was up 4-0 after two full innings. Southern Plains then got an insurance run in the third inning when Porter Spady would score after getting on base with a single. The flood gates burst open in SP’s last at-bat when they would seal the deal running seven counters across the plate including Lening, Vasquez, Salgado, Keaton Marriott, Carson Noe, Joey Specht, and Tamoyo.
But that would be the good news for Southern Plains as the win advanced them into tougher games in the bracket and they ran up against a buzz saw in SE Denver Blue on the next game where they would be soundly defeated, 21-4. Salgado would be on the mound for Southern Plains and things would go south in a hurry in the first inning as the Blue scored 10 runs off of numerous hits and errors committed by the SP group. They would tack on six more in the second inning and the game would only go through four innings before the mercy rule went into effect. Only Marriott, Lening, and Salgado would get hits in this game with Marriot getting two singles. Spady would score in the third when he arrived on a fielder’s choice and one of Marriot’s singles would bring him in. In the final inning Southern Plains would score three runs by Lening, Tamoyo, and Specht.
The loss would pit Southern Plains in the loser’s bracket against Centennial, another Denver team. Again, the hitting was not there for Southern Plains, but the errors were plentiful. They would be eliminated from the state tournament by Centennial, 19-1. Lening and Adyn Jara would work on the mound for Southern Plains but the bats for Centennial were as hot as the weather ad they would start out with 9 runs in the first inning, after which the game was virtually a done deal. SP put together their only run in the fourth inning when Johnathan Salgado would walk and Spady would earn the RBI.
PHOTO CAPTION: SOUTHERN PLAINS 10U ALL-STARS
Back Row: Coaches Sean Lening and Lonnie Spady
Middle row left to right: Bo Arnold, Andre Salgado, Porter Spady, Carson Noe, Jonathan Reyna, Mary Katherine Vortruba
Front row left to right: Keaton Marriott, Adyn Jara, Dylan Tamayo, Brentley Lening, Nick Vasquez, Taegan Eiring, Joey Specht