Douglas’ All-Star team fell to the Nogales All-Stars 7-5 Wednesday, July 3 in the finals of the District 8 8-10-year-old All-Star tournament that was being played at the 15th Street Little League field.
Nogales, playing its seventh game in Douglas in the last eight days, won its first-round game, then fell to Douglas 6-4 in a second-round game that had a 90-minute weather delay. They then came back through the consolation round playing (and traveling to Douglas) Friday, Saturday and Monday, setting up the rematch with Douglas Tuesday and again on Wednesday.
Nogales won game one of the championship 10-4 on Tuesday, July 2 forcing the ‘if” game the next day.
Tied at 1 Wednesday’s championship game, Nogales had bases loaded and no outs in the bottom of the third when a passed ball followed by a throwing error allowed them to clear the bases and take a 4-1 lead. Before the inning was over Nogales would tack on another run padding its lead to 5-1.
Douglas rallied to tie the game at 5 in the top of the fourth but then surrendered the lead back to Nogales who scored twice in the bottom of the fourth taking a 7-5 lead.
Isidro Hoyos, Emiliano Fimbres and Rodrigo Lamadrid all pitched for Douglas this game.
Hoyos would also hit 2 for 3 with a double. Gustavo Hurtado and Fimbres were also 2 for 3, Isidro Pedroza 1 for 2 with a double and Ian Pelayo was 1 for 1.
In the first championship game, Hurtado started the game on the mound and went three and two-thirds innings giving up four hits, while fanning six and walking four. Hoyos threw in relief and allowed three hits while fanning two and walking two.
Hurtado hit 3 for 4 this game while Lamadrid and Abel Clinch each were 2 for 3, Julio Galindo was 2 for 2 and Hoyos 1 for 4.
“We had seven errors this game,” Douglas’ coach Gus Hurtado said afterwards. “All came with two outs in the second inning when a throwing error happened and the wheels fell off. The boys just couldn’t recover.”
The coach added that in the second game his team hit the ball hard but it was just right at Nogales’ fielders who were able to make the play and, in some cases, the catch.
Hurtado stated a play at home where Hoyos got hurt and couldn’t get up all the while Nogales scored two runs was key.
“I can’t say enough about his will to compete,” Hurtado said of his injured catcher. “I know he rolled his ankle pretty good.”
The coach stated all his players gave it a solid effort.
“Just some untimely errors and a few mental mistakes were all Nogales needed,” the coach said. “I told the boys to keep their heads held high as they fought back some tears. They worked very hard. I told them that these were some tough life lessons for them but I know without a doubt they will be back better than ever.”
Hurtado stated the Nogales coach had told him that those kids play year-round.
“Together, our kids have been together since the beginning of June,” he said. “I told them I was going to get them playing year-round from now on. People tell me it’s hard to compete with Nogales and Sierra Vista since they play ball year- round. I agree, but the kids held their own against them. From now on we will play year-round as well.
Hurtado said he could not stress to them how proud he was of his players.
“They’re a great bunch of kids,” he said. “They deserve nothing but the best. I told them I hope Douglas is as proud of them as I was and that I can’t wait to see what lies ahead for them. “