Las Cruces team misses chance at World Series run

Updated: Wednesday, August 7 2013, 09:55 PM MDT
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By: Genevieve Curtis
LAS CRUCES, N.M. -- A Little League team from Las Cruces made a run at becoming the first team from the City of Crosses to make it to the world series.

They were just one game away from clinching a bid to the biggest show in town for 11-12-year-old baseball players.

But an appearance at the world series for the Fairacres All-Stars was not meant to be. They lost to Corpus Christi by a score of 6-0 in Waco, Texas, Wednesday.

Some of the team's biggest fans gathered at The Game in Las Cruces. 

Four older sisters beamed with pride, watching their little brothers carry the honor of representing Las Cruces every time they walked to the plate.

"He's number 9, his name is Caden Palmer. He's a pitcher and center fielder," said older sister Kaily Madden.

"His name is Fernando Loera, he plays shortstop," said sister Taylor Rae Wagner.

Aleena Almaguer was there to cheer on her little brother, Justin.

"He's number 20 he plays right field, third base," said Almaguer.

Santana Lopez was there for her brother Justin Lopez.

"He's number 35, he pitches and plays first and third base," said Lopez.

The sisters have watched their younger brothers throw, bat, catch and round the bases ever since they were old enough to grip a ball.

Now they're playing for the eyes of the nation.

"Ever since he was little, ever since he started playing T-ball, so it's really cool to see where he is right now," said Lopez.

Wagner said her brother hopes to some day suit up for the major leagues.
"He wants to play for the New York Yankees," said Wagner.

Watching the game made everyone admittedly, a little anxious.

"I'm so nervous and excited for him at the same time," said Madden.

"Very nervous, very shaking," said Wagner as she tapped her feet watching her brother dive for a ball and throw to first.

One of the teams coaches couldn't make the trip but even from miles away, he had his eye on the ball.

"Everyone's having trouble hitting the curveball, " said batting coach AJ Melendrez.

One of the players, Dominic Tellez, said by phone on Wednesday he hoped to make a name for his city and bring the "W" home.

"I just hope we can win tonight and bring something back to Las Cruces," said Tellez.

Win or lose, Melendrez said it's been quite the journey.

"It's a privilege to be with these guys, these kid love baseball and I love to help them," he said.

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