Heights Norhill tops Delta in SW Regional

Delta’s Skyler Kraai is tagged out by Heights Norhill (Houston, Texas) pitcher Luis Zarate as Kraai tries to score Friday night in Heights Norhill’s 14-4 victory in the 50/70 Southwestern Regional Little League tournament at Grand Mesa Little League.

After a long drive from Houston, Texas, the Heights Norhill 50/70 Little League team didn’t show any signs of fatigue Friday night as it rolled past Delta 14-4 in the Southwestern Regional baseball tournament at Grand Mesa Little League.

Delta looked poised to put up a fight, taking a 1-0 lead in the first inning on an RBI single by Andrew Baier.

The second inning, however, was all Heights Norhill, and all nine batters faced Delta pitcher Skyler Kraai, who gave up four hits in the inning and walked two. Heights Norhill scored five runs and shifted the momentum away from Delta.

Delta assistant coach Chad Baxter said his team simply lost its rhythm and allowed Heights Norhill to turn a few good plays into a big inning.

Heights Norhill played impressive baseball, and put the game away in the fourth inning. The Texans scored seven runs on a series of bloop hits, bunts and stolen bases. They stole 10 bases in the inning, with four batters stealing second and third consecutively.

That aggressive base running proved to be too much for Delta, and after six innings, Heights Norhill had recorded 24 stolen bases, with a team-high four by catcher Armani Sanchez.

Despite the difficult outing, Baxter was proud Delta continued to play hard.

“They kept fighting and they kept coming back instead of getting 10-run-ruled,” he said. “They stayed alive through it all.”

Delta moves into the losers’ bracket, playing at 8 tonight.

Despite losing by 10 runs, Baxter is still confident that Delta can get a win tonight, provided the players don’t let the loss to Heights Norhill get in their heads.

“(As coaches) we just keep encouraging them and telling them that they can hang with any of these kids,” he said. “We fought hard and tried our best. We will come out tomorrow night and try to (get a win.)”

Delta will need a victory tonight to stay alive in the double-elimination tournament.

Major Girls: After a 16-3 victory over Shaw Heights in Thursday’s opening round, Grand Mesa dropped a 10-2 decision to Pueblo in Friday’s semifinal game.

Kelty Key had eight strikeouts and gave up only four hits, but Grand Mesa managed only three hits against Pueblo. Grand Mesa plays Shaw Heights this morning to reach the title game against Pueblo.

Jaeda Copper went 2 for 3 and stole three bases and Sierra Dunham went 1 for 3.

Thursday, Shaylyne Otero hit two doubles and drove in three runs. Dunham and Shaelyn Grant also had three RBI and Ariel Medrano drove in two. Nicole Roberts struck out seven and walked five in four innings.

Junior Boys: Seth Barker had three hits, a single, double and triple, and Grand Mesa scored 10 runs in the first inning of a 13-0 rout of Sherrelwood in the opening round of the state tournament.

Grand Mesa used a different pitcher in each inning, saving their pitch limits.

10-11 Boys: Monument hit three consecutive home runs in the sixth inning Thursday night to take a 7-6 lead on Cherry Creek and held on for the victory.

Kory Christensen hit a two-run home run to cut the lead to 6-5, Zac Coleman’s solo home run tied it and right after that, Viktor Woldruff hit the go-ahead home run. Monument plays North Boulder today.


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