The Southern Plains 10-year-old all-star team headed east to Lakin, Kansas, July 3 to take on the Southwest Kansas all stars. On a hot evening the Southern Plains bats were even hotter. Bryson Hyle bounced one over the fence along with 3 other hits. Case Nelson had 3 hits along with Devin Eaton and Zach Dickey. Poncho Saenz and Truman King collected 2 hits on the ball game. Defensively the SP All Stars made some amazing plays by Stockton Mitchek, Case Nelson, and Damion Molina. The Southern Plains All Stars won the contest 13-3. Following the game, the two teams scrimmaged and worked on some situations for upcoming state tournaments.
Thursday July 6, Southern Plains All Stars checked-in at the Colorado State Tournament in Lamar. The first opponent was East-Central All Stars (Limon to Colby, KS). This was an evenly matched set of teams that battled early in a tight low scoring game. Fielding errors by SP doomed their fate. Southern Plains seemed to leave the base runners stranded every inning. Finally in the 5th inning, Spencer Uhland crossed the plate for the only run scored for the Southern Plains team. Pitchers were Case Nelson, Devin Eaton and Zach Dickey. The 9-1 score was not a true representation as the hits were 7-6.
In the consolation side, host Lamar was upset by Southeast Denver and found themselves matched up with a hungry Southern Plains team. Lamar came out on fire scoring 4 runs in the first inning but 3 were courtesy of S.P. miscues. Case Nelson pitched the first two innings and had 3 strikeouts. Devin Eaton came on in relief and held Lamar scoreless with the defense turning 2 double plays. It was a sad 7-3 loss that ended the SP season. Lamar went on to defeat East-Central 11-1 and advance to the championship rematch with SE Denver. Sunday July 9 SE Denver won the Championship but Lamar will also advance since regional tournament will be held in Aurora, Colorado. The Southern Plains team was coached by Dayne Eaton, Devin Dickey and Monica Uhland on scorebook. It was a successful All Star campaign, going 9-4 and having a lot of fun with our friends from Eads, Holly, and Cheyenne Wells