RIO RANCHO – The Lincoln County Regulator baseball team that played its bracket games, June 10, at this year’s USSSA State tournament was not the same team that won its pool the day before.
At least coach Joey Saiz doesn’t think so.
“We didn’t look like ourselves at all,” Saiz said after his 11U team’s 9-5 and 11-1 losses to Tigers Baseball and DC Reds on Saturday. “But, they’re 11-year-old boys and that happens. It was hard on the coaches and fans.”
This tournament marked the first time the Regulators had been in the championship bracket of any tournament. So getting to play who and when they did was a major accomplishment.
Actually, the game against Tigers Baseball to start bracket play early Saturday morning wasn’t that bad. The Regulators had a 2-1 lead after the first inning, but then were unable to score any in the next three frames.
Meanwhile, the Tigers were scoring at a steady clip. Only they weren’t scoring bucket-fulls. It was just small errors here and there that allowed them to pull away.
Against DC Reds, it was all downhill.
The “season” for this 11U USSSA team isn’t done. The World Series in Las Cruces is scheduled for June 30-July 4, and the Regulators will be in the Last Chance Qualifier this coming weekend in Alamogordo.