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All-Star play ends for local teams


All teams from the area have now been eliminated from the District 21 Little League All-Star tournaments.

In the Minor Baseball division (age 9-10), both the Hondo team and the Utopia/DíHanis team won twice in the elimination bracket before being knocked out on consecutive days last Friday and Saturday, June 27-28.

Utopia/DíHanis won a pair of thrillers, beating Poteet, 14-13 and defeating Charlotte, 16-15, before falling to Five Diamondsí second team, 21-6 on Saturday.

Hondo stayed alive with a 10-9 win over Devine, and then eliminated Lakehills-Pipe Creek/Bandera, 16-6, before a 13-3 loss to Uvalde on Sunday ended their ride with a second loss.

Five Diamondsí first team and Pearsall had reached the finals, which were played Wednesday in Utopia. If Pearsall won, another game would be necessary Thursday, July 3.

The Hondo/DíHanis Minor Softball team also survived twice in the losersí bracket. They dropped their opener to Natalia, 5-1, then eliminated Five Diamonds, 11-1, and pounded Somerset, 28-1. A 9-3 loss to Devine on Saturday ended H/Dís run. Uvalde swept through the tourney without a loss and will advance to the sectional tournament in Fredericksburg.

In Major Division Baseball (11-12) at Uvalde, both Hondo and DíHanis were knocked into the bottom half of the bracket after their opening games. After an 8-1 loss to Sabinal/Utopia in the opener, Hondo beat Somerset, 8-4 and defeated Charlotte, 5-1, before their tournament ended in a 15-2 loss to Pleasanton on Saturday.

DíHanis lost its opener to Five Diamonds, 14-1, then edged Natalia, 6-5, before bowing out in a 19-0 loss to Uvalde on Friday.

Sabinal/Utopia, after its opening win over Hondo, lost to Pearsall, 12-7, then rebounded with a 17-0 thrashing of Poteet, before a narrow 9-8 loss to Uvalde on Sunday, June 29.

Bandera/Leakey was the last remaining undefeated team in the Major Baseball bracket, and was awaiting either Devine or Uvalde in the finals.

The Sabinal/Natalia Major Softball team was one of the final three teams standing in that tournament. They opened with a 5-4 win over Pearsall, then was knocked to the lower bracket by Uvalde, 13-8. S/N came back to eliminate Pleasanton, 13-3, and Pearsall, 8-7, before falling to Uvalde a second time, 10-8. Devine sailed through the tourney without a loss, and is headed to Eagle Pass for Sectionals.

Two other divisions had local teams as well, and both have been eliminated. In Junior Division Softball (age 13-14), Sabinal/DíHanis lost the opener, 12-2, to Pleasanton. They came back to eliminate Poteet, 10-0, before a 10-5 elimination loss to Five Diamonds. Pleasanton and Five Diamonds are in the finals.

Finally, in the six-team Junior Division Baseball tourney, held in Uvalde, Sabinal lost its first two games to Pearsall and Natalia.



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