Lady Bears’ season ends after four state games in two days

Callie Larsen pitching against Rehoboth Christian in the 1A-3A state softball opener.

Facing four tough teams in two days, Estancia High’s softball season came to an end May 10 in a 6-1 loss to the No. 5 Laguna-Acoma Lady Hawks at the Class 1A-3A state tournament in Rio Rancho.

Siara Pope’s RBI single in the fourth inning drove in Nicole Barela for Estancia’s only run, tying the score 1-1.

But an inning later, a trio of Estancia errors led to 4 Laguna-Acoma runs. Another error in the sixth allowed the Lady Hawks to score one more.

“Those errors cost us,” Estancia head coach Sherri Larson said. “But we hit the ball well, we just couldn’t find the holes.”

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Estancia senior Callie Larson—who was the Lady Bears starting pitcher in all four games—went the distance against Laguna-Acoma.

The day before, the sixth-seeded Lady Bears played three games in one day, starting with an 8:30 a.m., 8-2 win over No. 11 Rehoboth Christian in the play-in round.

Teams that win during the play-in round advance in a double-elimination format.

Estancia’s Callie Larsen just misses stopping a Laguna-Acoma base runner from scoring the go-ahead run after a wild pitch. Nicole Barela is backing her up.

Following the Rehoboth win, Estancia couldn’t get its offense on track and fell 7-1 to No. 3 Tularosa.

The Lady Bears rebounded later in the afternoon, outslugging the No. 7 Capitan Lady Tigers, 22-12.

With the score tied 10-10, Priscilla Padilla’s 3-RBI triple capped a six-run sixth inning for Estancia.

The Lady Bears sealed the victory with 6 more runs in the seventh.

After the game, Larson said her arm “felt like it was going to fall out of the socket.”

Estancia sophomore Scarlett Gonzalez came in to pitch during the fifth innings of both the Tularosa and Capitan games.

“We had a good tournament—a few glitches here and there—but we stayed positive and kept working,” coach Larson said. “Overall I’m very proud of them. It’s looking good for us next year.”

Estancia finished the season with a 21-10 overall record.

For photos of the Lady Bears in the 1A-3A state softball tournament go to edgewood.news.

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