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
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