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Lubbock Blue Crew defeats Seminole Allstars in quarterfinal

Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, Texas — Michael Labarre Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, Texas

July 16--South Plains Girls Fastpitch softball provides a competitive softball league for girls in the Lubbock area.

It also allows for players from throughout West Texas to experience competition outside of their hometowns, which was the case for the 14U Seminole Allstars in the West Texas All-Star Tournament.

"Well the good thing about us small town girls is that it gives them the opportunity to see a vast amount of pitching" Seminole Allstars coach Letty Olivas said. "We're very limited, being from a small town, from what we can see and coming to these bigger towns lets us see these big teams. It also lets us advance our batting and work on fielding and everything. Some of these other girls actually played together and it gives them an opportunity to see each other."

The Seminole Allstars had to face tough competition throughout the tournament, including the team's opponent in Saturday morning's 14-0 loss -- the 14U Lubbock Blue Crew.

The Lubbock Blue Crew continued its high scoring from Friday right away thanks to solid batters throughout its line-up.

A single from Riley Flores-Orozco, a sacrifice by Kenna Sandoval and double by Madi Englund put the Blue Crew up 5-0. Then, Anabella Prestridge hit a liner into the right field corner for an inside the park three run home run to take an 8-0 lead.

"That inning was huge," Lubbock Blue Crew coach Ronnie Orozco. "Jumping on that team from the get-go was probably the biggest thing we've needed to happen. That team has always been known to be scrappy. And knowing several of their players, we knew that lead was going to be huge. It set the tone for the rest of the game."

The Seminole Allstars threatened in the bottom of the first as Kataryna Felan and Alysia Espinosa put two runners in scoring position with two outs.

However, the Blue Crew's Erin Boles didn't allow a single run to score thanks in large part to catcher Taylen Thurman, who tagged a Seminole runner out at the plate.

"She was great. Erin is always one of those true competitors," Orozco said. "She's going to go out there and give you the best effort she could possibly give you. She hates losing and she definitely showed it out there. There were a few pitches that weren't on key for her, but she made the adjustments and got the strikeouts when we needed. The defense is always solid behind her and they did exactly what we needed."

A few more base hits and a sacrifice by Adriana Rodriguez gave the Blue Crew a 13-0 lead in the top of the second before Seminole pitcher Xyla Madry ended the inning.

Boles continued her dominance for Lubbock in the bottom of the second, only allowing one base runner.

The Seminole Allstars only allowed the Blue Crew to score one run in the third inning, which was in large part due an outfield assist by Aliyah Ericson to catcher Desiree Alvidrez to a tag out a runner.

Boles went on once again to dominant in the third inning, allowing just one base runner en route to the Blue Crew's 14-0 win over the Seminole Allstars.

SCORES

8U

Lubbock Allstar Blue 11, Midland Voltage 10

Lubbock Elite 8, Lubbock Bomb Squad 7

Andrews All Stars 12, Lubbock Allstar Blue 4

10U

Lubbock Warriors 15, Midland Cazadors 2

Lubbock Boom 11, Borger Heat 4

Lubbock Cyclones 10, Odessa Allstars 9

Lubbock Texas Thunder 15, Alpine Lady Bucks 0

12U

Lubbock Blue Bayou 14, Lamesa Combat 3

Lubbock Allstar Red 13, Midland Force 5

Fort Stockton All Stars 6, Lubbock Haze 4

14U

Lubbock Shock 9, Andrews Allstars 7

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