Grand Mesa Major girls fall to Evangeline in Southwestern Regional

It was a good run for the Grand Mesa Little League Major girls.

Grand Mesa survived close games in the District 1 and Colorado state tournaments, but Saturday at the Southwestern Regional tournament in Waco, Texas, Grand Mesa’s season came to an end with a 9-1 loss to Evangeline (La.) Little League.

“For most of the girls this is the last time they’ll play Little League ball,” Grand Mesa coach Kevin Rubalcaba said. “The effort was much better today and the biggest thing is they came together and I’m really proud of the group.”

Grand Mesa kept the game closer than Friday’s 23-8 loss to Eastdale (N.M.), but couldn’t get any momentum offensively.

Evangeline pitchers Madeline Hoag and Brittney Breaux combined to pitch four innings, allowing only one hit and no runs.

“The pitching was better than what we’ve seen in districts and state, but not to the point where we couldn’t have hit it,” Rubalcaba said. “We couldn’t time it up and never adjusted.”

Grand Mesa had a solid pitching performance from Megan Rubalcaba, who didn’t pitch much in the district and state tournaments. She allowed only two runs through the first two innings.

“Megan did a great job for not throwing that much lately,” Kevin Rubalcaba said.

Evangeline took a 5-0 lead in the fourth inning. Grand Mesa responded with a run in the top of the fifth, but Evangeline put the game away with four runs in the bottom of the fifth.

“The girls have nothing to be ashamed of,” Kevin Rubalcaba said. “They came here a state champion and are still leaving a state champion.”

Also Saturday in the American Legion State Junior Legion ‘B’ tournament in Sterling, Palisade defeated Steamboat Post 44 in a lopsided 15-1 game.

The victory allowed the Bulldogs to stay alive in the consolation bracket, and set up a matchup with Brush Legion ‘B’ later in the day.

Palisade kept the game close, but fell 9-7, and was eliminated from the tournament.


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