The Redmond softball team gets fired up during its game against Alaska on July 24. Courtesy photo

The Redmond softball team gets fired up during its game against Alaska on July 24. Courtesy photo

Nevada eliminates Redmond from West Regionals

Nevada proved to be too tough for Redmond — again.

With a 13-hit attack, the all-star majors team from Las Vegas defeated Redmond, 10-1, to eliminate the locals from the Little League Softball West Regionals today in San Bernardino, California.

In the game livestreamed on ESPN+ from Al Houghton Stadium, Nevada got on the scoreboard first with a pair of RBI singles to go up 2-0 in the second inning.

Nevada padded its lead to 6-0 with four runs in the fifth on three singles, two walks and an error. Vegas nailed five hits in the sixth and added four more runs to take a commanding 10-0 lead.

Redmond’s Addy Ruess notched an RBI single in the sixth, but the game ended with a tagout at third during the sequence.

Maggie Enich, Simone Loving-Williams and Addy Ruess provided Redmond’s three hits, all singles, off Nevada standout hurler Ava Koenig.

In the Nevada first with the bases loaded and one out, Addy Ruess stepped into the pitchers circle and got the locals out of the jam unscathed with a popout and a strikeout.

Other defensive gems for Redmond came from catcher Kati Cygan wielding her left arm and gunning out a runner trying to steal second in the fourth, Julia Cady snagging three flyouts in center and Loving-Williams grabbing a pair of flyballs in left field.

Nevada also defeated Redmond, 11-1, during the 11-team tournament on July 27. Nevada advances to the title game and the World Series in Greenville, North Carolina.

Redmond — 2-2 at West Regionals — finished its all-star run with an 11-3 record and won the state and district titles.

“Parents and coaches were so proud that our players put up a good fight against a very good team from Nevada,” said green-haired coach Robert Hartman. “Players and coaches are exhausted, happy, proud and ready to come home Washington state softball champions. Playing in San Bernardino and being on ESPN+ has been an amazing thrill.”

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