Four local Little League All-Star squads win
ODESSA — The 10-year-old Big Spring Little League All-Stars trailed Jim Parker 3-1 after the first inning of play, but turned the tide in the second inning, scoring four runs to take a 5-3 lead over the host team.Big Spring went on to add 10 more runs in the outing, winning by a score of 15-5.Jim Parker's offense floundered, while Big Spring's bats were relentless.Manager of the Big Spring 10-year-old squad Isaac Miramontes cited aggressive hitting and effective base running as the keys to the victory, as well as a strong perfromance by pitcher Brandon Valdez.Next up for the 10s is North Ector, which they will meet today at Jim Parker in Odessa.MIDLAND — A late-game surge powered Big Spring's 11-year-old All-Stars past Midland Mid-City on Tuesday. Down 11-5 in their final at-bats of the game, the offense came alive, scoring eight runs in the sixth inning to give Big Spring a 13-11 win, staving off elimination.Chris Ibanez was the winning pitcher Tuesday, while Joshua Wood, Jeremiah Johnson and Noah Ontiveros each recorded two RBI.On Wednesday, the 11s took their second straight game, this time over North Ector by a score of 12-2. A three-run first inning got things started and during his three-inning stint on the mound, Isaac Murillo pitched a no-hitter. Ontiveros and Ibanez (3-3) each had triples and Murillo proved to be a dual threat, picking up a bases-loaded double which added three Big Spring runs.A third consecutive win is needed over Floyd Gwin today at 6 p.m. at Northern Little League (Midland) in order for them to stay alive.Big Spring — The Junior League All-Stars opened strong against Floyd Gwin on Wednesday in their 13-9 victory at the Roy Anderson Sports Complex.Zach Taylor started the offense with a lead-off single in the top of the second inning. Nathan Schneider reached base on an error, Isiah Ontiveros legged out an infield single to load the bases and Roque Rodriguez picked up a RBI — which coupled with a throwing error by Floyd Gwin — resulted in two runs crossing the plate. Dylan Cantu reached on a fielder's choice and recorded a RBI in the process, then scored on a pitcher error during winning pitcher Ricky Prater's at-bat.Prater would strike out, but after one and one-half innings, Big Spring was up 4-0.Noah Vera, Allen Chancy and Taylor all drew walks in the top of the third, Noah Perez and Schneider each reached on fielder's choice plays and Ontiveros picked up a RBI to give Big Spring a commanding 7-0 lead heading into the bottom of the third.Floyd Gwin had some fight in them, as they battled back to score nine runs, but the slow start wasn't enough for the Odessa squad.The Juniors will be back in action today against Midland Lee at the Roy Anderson Sports Complex at 6 p.m.Big Spring — After a late start, the Senior League All-Stars — and Garrett Kligora's big swing — rounded out the perfect day for Big Spring, as they edged Odessa Eastside 6-4 at Steer Park.Odessa tacked on two runs early after a couple miscues and a pair of hits led to a two-run opening inning.Big Spring cut the lead the one when Ryan Pearson led off with a single, then stole second and third. Three consecutive strikeouts followed, but Pearson scored on an error before the inning came to a close. Big Spring's win can be largely attributed to Kligora, who hit a grand slam homer, accounting for the remaining four runs.Senior League's All-Star representatives will return to Steer Park tonight at 8:30 p.m., as they take on Midland.The 12-year-old All-Stars had the night off Wednesday, but will rsume play today against Midland Northern at 8 p.m. at the Roy Anderson Sports Complex in Big Spring.