Encinitas falls to Nevada in West Regional semis

ENCINITAS, Calif. - The Encinitas Little League all-star team won't be making it to the Little League World Series after losing Friday to Mountain Ridge Little League of Las Vegas 5-1 in a West Regional tournament semifinal in San Bernardino.

Encinitas lost to Mountain Ridge, 8-4, on Wednesday, in a game with little at stake.

Encinitas entered Wednesday's game assured of playing in the semifinal matching the second- and third-place finishers in pool play.

The only way Mountain Ridge could have been assured of finishing first in pool play was by defeating Encinitas and allowing two runs or less. The tie-breaking criteria for teams that did not meet in pool play is fewest runs allowed.

Encinitas was 2-2 in pool play, finishing third in the six-team field of champions from Southern California, Northern California, Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada and Utah.

Mountain View was 4-0, tying the all-star team from the Honolulu Little League for first, but Honolulu was designated as the No. 1 team for the semifinals because it allowed one fewer run than Mountain View.

Mountain Ridge will face the winner of the second semifinal between Honolulu and the all-star team from the Pacifica American Little League, the Northern California champion. Honolulu defeated
Pacifica, 10-5 in a pool play game last Friday.

The semifinal winners will meet in the tournament championship game Saturday, with the winner advancing to the Little League World Series, which is played in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

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