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Midland Northern Dealt Twin Losses

Abilene, TX – Both Midland Northern Little League teams came up on the short end on Day Two of the Texas West State Tournament at Kirby Lake Park.  The Northern 9-11 year-olds were eliminated from competition, while the 8-10 All-Stars absorbed their first loss of the tournament.


In the early elimination game, the Northern 9-11 All-Stars forced an extra inning before seeing their playoff run come to an end an the hands of Alice American.  Midland got off to an quick 3-1 lead in the first inning.  Alice responded with five runs in the second frame, including sending a three-run shot over the right centerfield fence.  American sat on the 7-3 lead going into the bottom of the fourth.

Northern narrowed the deficit to a single run, adding three to the scoreboard in the bottom half of the inning.  Powered by a lead-off walk and base hit, a perfectly placed bunt by Blayde allowed Tanner to score.  A sacrifice fly by Rohan would net two more runs to make it a 7-6 ballgame.

Alice pushed the score to 8-6 in the top of the sixth on a flyball to left field.  Midland trailed by two going into its last at-bat.  Jackson got aboard with a lead-off walk and would make his way around the bases on a passed ball and base hit by Blayde.  A wild pitch would green light stealing home to make it 8-7.  Another passed ball would result in an 8-8 tie at the end of regulation.

American converted two walks, a double, and two passed balls into three runs in the extra inning.  Down to their last chance, Northern was unable to answer to absorb an 11-8 loss.  The defeat brought to an end the Midland 9-11 playoff run.  They finish the season as District 3 and Section 1 champions.

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
American 1 5 0 1 0 1 3 11 11 2
Northern 3 0 0 3 0 2 0 8 4 1

  
Coming off of an 8-6 win on Friday, the Midland Northern 8-10 team met Corpus Christi National in the winner’s bracket showdown.  Originally slated for an 8:00 p.m. start, the first pitch came an hour later.  While Northern got off to a slow start, National was able to tack a run up in the first, third, and fourth innings for a 3-0 lead after four complete innings.  It wasn’t until the fifth inning Midland was able to its first base hit.

Northern got things going when Isaac doubled to centerfield.  Mason and Case followed with back-to-back singles to cut the lead to 3-1.  Tesher drew a walk, and Mason crossed the plate on a passed ball to make it 3-2.  Case was able to knot the game at 3-3 when he stole home with one out.  Consecutive walks would fill the bases.  Will collected a free trip to first to force in the go-ahead run.  Midland led 4-3 midway into the fifth inning.

Back Corpus Christi came.  National was able to convert four walks, a double, and two base hits into three runs to regain the lead.  Midland went down in order in their last at-bat in the sixth to suffer a 6-4 loss, their first of the tourney.

Midland Northern and San Antonio’s McAllister Park will clash on Sunday at 10:00 a.m.  The winner will get another shot at Corpus Christi on Monday, while the loser will be eliminated from the tournament.

  1 2 3 4 5 6 R H E
Northern 0 0 0 0 4 0 4 3 2
National 1 0 1 1 3 x 6 9 3

Texas West State Tournament

:: 8-10 ::

Saturday, July 10
Consolation Bracket Semifinal (Game 3)
McAllister Park 12, Hewitt Midway 9

Winner’s Bracket Semifinal (Game 4)
CC National 6, Midland Northern 4

[] Sunday, July 11
Consolation Bracket Final (Game 5)
10:00 – SA McAllister Park -vs- Midland Northern

Monday, July 12
Championship (Game 6)
10:00 – Corpus Christi National -vs- winner Game 5
*Game 7 (if needed), 30 minutes after conclusion of Game 6.

 

:: 9-11 ::

Saturday, July 10
Consolation Bracket Semifinal (Game 3)
Alice American 11, Midland Northern 8

Winner’s Bracket Semifinal (Game 4)
McAllister Park National 8, Hewitt Midway 7

[] Sunday, July 11
Consolation Bracket Final (Game 5)
10:00 – Alice American -vs- Hewitt Midway

Monday, July 12
Championship (Game 6)
10:00 – McAllister Park National -vs- winner Game 5
*Game 7 (if needed), 30 minutes after conclusion of Game 6.


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