It’s down to the final two.
Del Rio dispatched Crystal City, 12-5, to secure its spot in the championship game of the District 35 Little League 10-12-year-old Softball Tournament Monday night.
Next up is a rematch against unbeaten Eagle Pass Tuesday night at the Val Verde Sports Complex off Frontera Road. That game was scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.
Del Rio would need to beat Eagle Pass twice to claim the district championship and advance to the sectional tournament. Eagle Pass just needs one win to advance.
Crystal City took an early 2-0 lead with a pair of runs in the top of the third inning, but Del Rio was quick to counter with three runs in the bottom half of the inning.
Alexa Borrego put Del Rio ahead with a two-run triple over the right fielder’s head. Yarexy Hernandez and Ithalia Ozuna scored with ease, but when Borrego tried to stretch her triple, she was thrown out at home for the final out of the inning.
In the fourth inning, Del Rio made a pitching change as starter Hope Martinez was lifted for Aryana Hernandez. Hernandez struggled with her control, loading the bases with a pair of walks and a hit batter. She then hit the fourth batter she faced to force home the tying run. After striking out the next batter, she hit the following batter to bring in the go-ahead run and leave the bases loaded.
Another pitching change brought Martinez back to the mound, and she would finish the game as Del Rio’s hurler. She would walk in Crystal City’s fifth run, giving them the lead again, but was able to get out of the inning without allowing any additional runs.
Martinez locked Crystal City down after that, allowing just two walks over the next two innings to keep Crystal City from adding to its score.
Del Rio wasted little time tying the game back up.
Christi Colunga reached on an infield single, and then Melina Martinez walked to lead off the bottom of the fourth. Aubany DeLaO then came off the bench and delivered a triple to right field to clear the bases and tie the game at 5-5. Aryana Hernandez made sure DeLaO didn’t stay at third long, ripping a line drive single to centerfield to bring her home and put Del Rio back on top, 6-5.
Del Rio was able to add three more runs to its lead as Hernandez, Syann Casillas and Ozuna each scored to increase the team’s lead to 9-5.
Del Rio closed out its scoring in the fifth inning with three more runs.
Melina Martinez doubled to lead off the inning, and then scored on a single by Hernandez. Hernandez later scored on an error by the centerfielder on a ball struck by Casillas.
Casillas’ run was the final for Del Rio as they finished with 12 runs in the game and a 12-5 win.
Del Rio got back to its winning ways Monday night with an 18-0 shutout of Carrizo Springs in the District 35 Little League 8-10-year-old Baseball Tournament.
The win moved the team one step closer to the tournament’s championship game. They will resume their path to the title game Tuesday night when they face La Pryor at 7 p.m. The winner of that game will face Eagle Pass in the tournament’s championship game Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Complex.
La Pryor lost the early game of the tournament Monday against Eagle Pass.
Del Rio suffered its first loss of the tournament, falling 14-0 to Eagle Pass Monday night.
With the win, Eagle Pass advances to the tournament’s championship game, which will be played Wednesday at 7 p.m.
Del Rio falls to the elimination bracket where they’ll next play La Pryor Tuesday night at 7 p.m. in Eagle Pass.
La Pryor won the late game of the tournament Monday night, beating Crystal City, 17-7.
The tournament played its first three days in Del Rio, but it will conclude at its original planned site in Eagle Pass now that the fields there are playable once again.
Editor’s note: You can find updates on each tournament on Facebook.com/DRNHSports