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|Vidalia team falls just shot at Regionals|
Vidalia's 14-under-all-stars played six games in five days on an artificial turf registering 100 degrees at times as the Vidalia team placed second in the Little League Juniors Softball Southwestern Regional Tournament at Santa Fe's Alto Park in New Mexico.
Having to beat West Texas of Eagle Pass twice, Vidalia lost 4-2 in is first championship game.
In its first game, Elizabeth Smith had 12 strikeouts in Vidalia's 5-4 come-from-behind eight-inning win over New Mexico North Friday night.
Cassie Gonzales tripled and doubled for Vidalia, while Kaitlin Temple singled twice and Katelynn Bertelsen tripled and singled.
Smith also singled twice.
Vidalia fell into the loser's bracket with a 7-5 setback to New Mexico's Bayard Copper.
A fielding error by third baseman Daezia Morales led to a baserunner and a two-out single by Kameron Stevenson gave Vidalia hope that it could pull off its second comeback in as many days.
But Vidalia battled back, scoring four runs in the third on three straight singles to tie it at 5-5, but came up just short.
In 2010, the New Mexico team lost in the district Majors championship, then moved up to the Juniors division, where it lost in the state championship in July 2011. They beat Albuquerque's Thunderbird and South Valley teams to win the state title this summer,
On Sunday morning, Vidalia Little League, eliminated Colorado's Orchard Mesa, 11-1.
Vidalia closed out Sunday's play by hammering Bridge City (East Texas), 18-7, to stay alive.
All six teams were still in contention entering Sunday's action. By late afternoon, three had been sent home.
Both White Rock-Los Alamos, given an automatic bid out of District 1 for being the regional host, and Orchard Mesa were eliminated without winning a game. Bridge City finished 1-2.
Vidalia scored six runs on six hits and a walk against Bridge City. It was 8-4 after three innings, then Bridge City made it a three-run game in the next frame when Faith Kaufman doubled and later scored.
Vidalia responded with 10 runs in its half of the fourth, sending 14 batters to the plate in a frame that saw Elizabeth Smith and Katelynn Bertelsen each score a pair of runs. Vidalia also batted around in the top of the first.
Smith was 4-for-4 with a double, while Bertelsen and Temple doubled and singled twice.
Emily Isbell tripled and doubled for Vidalia.
Against Colorado, Vidalia's Kameron Stevenson, Bailey Jordan and Gonzales held Colorado to one hit.
Smith singled three times, while Gonzales doubled and singled.
Vidalia advanced to the finals with a 14-2 win over New Mexico's Bayard Copper, the team many considered the tournament favorite, which handed Vidalia its only loss.
Vidalia had six hits and a walk in the first inning for six runs.
Meanwhile, Smith continued her mastery, retying seven of eight batters after allowing two runs in the first inning. She allowed only three hits in the contest.
Bertelsen tripled and singled twice, Smith doubled twice and singled, Kayla Gilmore doubled and singled, Gonzales and Isbell singled twice.
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