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Scorpions and Next Level advance in City League tournament – ​​The Tri-City Record

Scorpions and Next Level advance in City League tournament – ​​The Tri-City Record

The second round begins on Tuesday at Ricketts Park

Scorpions 18U’s Eli Edmiston hits the ball to right field in the bottom of the sixth inning against New Mexico Elite on Monday, July 8, 2024, at Ricketts Park. (Curtis Ray Benally/Turkeyboy Photography)

Curtis Ray Benally

FARMINGTON – The Farmington Scorpions and Next Level 4C teams took a major step toward potentially securing a spot in this month’s Connie Mack World Series by winning the opening round of the CMWS City League Tournament at Ricketts Park on Monday.

The Scorpions ended a three-game losing streak, defeating the NM Elite 1-0 in the first game of Monday’s doubleheader. The Scorpions’ win moves the team into the second round of the championship bracket and a game against the top-ranked Frackers on Tuesday, scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m.

In the second game of the opening round, the Next Level 4C team defeated the NM Renegades with a final score of 18-1. With this win, the Next Level team is in the second round and will face the 505 Panthers on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.

Due to first-round losses, both the NM Elite and NM Renegades face a must-win match on Tuesday at 3 p.m. The City League tournament’s double-elimination format ensures that the losing team in the consolation bracket clash is eliminated for the season.

The Scorpions fought their way into the second round thanks to a strong performance from their starting pitcher Nate Sewell, who secured the win by striking out batters and allowing just one hit in five complete innings.

Neither team could do much on offense, securing only a handful of scoring opportunities. Brady Antonio, on the mound for the elite, managed a no-hitter until the sixth inning before allowing a one-out single to Eli Edmiston. After two walks to Wyatt Boognl and Sewell to load the bases, Dayton Bizzell hit a fly ball to center field that scored Edmiston and gave the Scorpions all the runs they needed.

Bizzell, who was on the mound as a replacement for the Scorpions, completed the save with a perfect inning and secured the win.

Tuesday’s meeting between the Scorpions and the Frackers would be the third meeting between the two teams this season. The Frackers have won both previous meetings by an aggregate score of 11-0.

The 505 Panthers and the Next Level team will also meet for the third time this season in the City League. The Panthers are 2-0 against Next Level, with the last game on June 11 ending 11-0.

Following Tuesday’s games, the winners of Tuesday’s games will meet in a showdown at Ricketts Park on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. After that game, the top four teams in the City League standings will be re-seeded. Play will continue on Thursday and Friday to determine the City League champion before a team is selected to represent San Juan County in the CMWS, which begins July 26.

For more information, see the official city league schedule at fabc.us.