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DEXTER —NMMI didn’t have any explosive innings Saturday in the championship game of the Hal Bogle tournament in Dexter, but they did have an explosive ending to the extra-inning matchup vs. Pecos.
The Colts won the tournament for the first time in many years —maybe ever —with a walk-off sacrifice that gave them a 5-4 victory over Pecos.
“i’m so proud of my kids,”said coach Charlie Ward of the nail-biting finish. “We made mistakes but we came through, and that’s what counts.”
For 6-1/3 innings, the Institute the game was close, but in NMMI’s favor.
Both teams had their chances early on, but neither could capitalize. Finally, in the bottom of the second —it was the first time in the tourney the Colts had won the coin toss to be the home team —the Institute broke through. Jake Guerreo singled and courtesy runner Jack Tingwall advanced to third on a single by pitcher Michel Hinojos and a Panther error, but Tingwall was cut down at the plate trying to score on a wild pitch, something that had Ward fuming.
One out later, however, Teryn Surratt brought Hinojos in, and NMMI led 1-0.
They added two more runs in the third, scoring when Peter DeGroot was hit; Danny Jaramillo reached on an error; both stole a base then DeGroot came in on a wild pitch and Jaramillo scored on a long out by Haden Maloney.
The first Pecos scoring came in the fourth, when two errors led to one run. Hinojos was in trouble almost every inning, but he either came up with strikeouts to keep the on-base runners from scoring, or the defense made some fantastic plays, including an unassisted shortstop to first baseman DP in the third, and a fine catch by Guerreo on a bunt just in front of the plate in the fourth.
The Colts added an insurance run in the fourth when Francisco Galvez walked; walk balked to second; reached third on an error and came home on a passed ball. That drove Pecos starter Daniel Saenz off the mound, and reliever Jason Henderson got out of the inning without any further damage.
Another double play made the sixth a 1-2-3 inning for Hinojos, and it looked like NMMI would get the win.
But the Panthers weren’t done, taking advantage of a hit batter, two NMMI errors and the best hitting they’d had all game —four straight hits —to tie the game at 4-4.
The Colts couldn’t take advantage of two hit batsmen and an error in the bottom of the inning, so the game went into extra innings. In the top of the eighth, Colt reliever Mateo Fierro got two quick outs but then a double and single made it look like the Panthers would go up. But the runner on second was cut down on a fine throw from left fielder Jaramillo to Fierro who relayed it to catcher Guerrero for the third out at the plate, leaving the crowd of NMMI fans sighing in relief.
And in the bottom of the stanza, Surratt reached base on an error. Fierro walked and DeGroot advanced both with a sacrifice. That brought Jaramillo to the plate, and while the one-out play didn’t go exactly as planned, his sacrifice brought Surratt home and started the celebration.
Tournament MVP Maloney credited the Panthers with a tough performance, saying he’s never played in a game like that. Galvez and Gavin Maloney were also named to the All-Tournament team.
The Colts now have a week off —or to possibly work on fundamentals —before they open their own tournament Thursday at 7 p.m. against Capitan.
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DEXTER — The second huge inning in as many days propelled NMMI into the championship game of the 17th annual Hal Bogle Tournament in Dexter Friday. After playing close for four innings, the Colts exploded for 13 runs in the top of the fifth, beating Tularosa 15-2 in the first semi-final game of the day.
“We responded in a baseball game (tied) 2-2 in the fifth,” said Institute coach Charlie Ward. “We haven’t been in a situation like that and that was fun to watch and you saw what we did.”
What they did was send 17 batters to the plate in the fifth, scoring 13 runs on seven hits, three walks, two hit batters and five Wildcat errors. And they did it all with one out. Then, unlike Thursday, where they gave up big runs after their own big inning, they held Tulie scoreless in the bottom of the stanza to win by the mercy rule.
After pinch hitter Danny Jaramillo grounded out to short, Francisco Galvez started the scoring barrage with a single and stolen base, then leadoff hitter Peter DeGroot followed with an RBI single and the rout was on.
Galvez had two singles and two scored runs in the inning; pitcher Haden Maloney and his brother Gavin each doubled; and catcher Jake Guerreo, third baseman Eli Aguilar and Jaramillo each singled.
Jake Tingwall put the Colts on top in the first, reaching on a two-base mistake by the ’Cats, then coming around on a single by Gavin Maloney. NMMI made it 2-0 in the second when Galvez singled, stole second, went to third on a wild pitch and came home on a long fly ball by DeGroot.
Haden Maloney was in trouble almost every inning, with two runners on in the first and second, and one in the bottom of the fifth, but the only time it came back to haunt him was the third, when Tularosa scored two runs on a walk, single, throwing error and RBI out.
He set the ’Cats down 1-2-3 in the fourth, struck out two of the final four batters he faced, and Ward was pleased with his pitcher’s resolve.
“That was a good sign,” he said. “And that was our senior. That’s why we put him second (in the rotation.) We weren’t going to take any chances. You can’t be in the championship if you don’t win the semifinal. You don’t save nobody. And the kids know that. Each game is for a reason, so Haden came through. Maturity, then the team made some plays and we’re just trying to get better every game. At the same time, we’ve got a winning record, 3-2, and we’re in the championship game. That’s all you can ask.”
The young Colt squad still has learning to do, but Ward wasn’t nearly as vocal about the mistakes as he was the day before.
“There’s always learning; every day,” he said. “We made another base-running blunder. Had a freshman at second base after we’d just gone over it and did it yesterday. But hey! We got lucky. They threw it into the dugout and we got two out of it. We did better base running overall. We did better defense. Still made some crucial errors at short. We didn’t charge one at second with DeGroot.”
Despite sitting in the No. 9 slot, Galvez led the Colt hitting, going 3-for-3 with three runs scored, two stolen bases and an RBI. Gavin Maloney was 2-for-4 with 3 RBIs and one run scored. On the mound, Haden Maloney only allowed four hits, walked three and struck out six.
Ward joked about the recent big innings.
“I’m hoping tomorrow we do about 10 or 11 (hits) again,” he laughed. “That’s our new goal. Every inning we have a goal to hit 10. Not really. We’ll just be happy to keep playing good baseball and try to get a W tomorrow.
The Colts will face Pecos Saturday at 7 p.m.
NMMI has prepared me for college in numerous ways. Since freshman year I have been in seminar class once a week with my advisor going over how to build a resume, taking Strength Quest tests to help me figure out what interests me in order to help me narrow down what career path I would like to take. Now, as a senior we spent our seminar class time filling out applications and applying for scholarships. We have a four year plan meeting each semester to make sure we are taking the required classes to graduate and to make sure we take classes that are focused in the area we are most interested in. Sophomore year I was required to take an ACT Prep class to help prepare me for the ACT. Junior year I was given the opportunity to start taking college courses. I will now be graduating high school with over twenty college credits. I have learned so many great study skills here that I will be able to use throughout college. Although I will miss this place, I cannot wait for college. I’m not as scared for college because I am already used to being away from home and I know that I am prepared for the academics.
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DEXTER — Both NMMI and Texico imploded late in Thursday’s opening-round game of the Hal Bogle Tournament in Dexter, but after the Wolverines narrowed the winning margin from 20-3 to 20-10, Colt coach Charile Ward was just happy to walk away with a victory.
“We got it done,” he said. “We’re still young. There was some bad base running. They don’t understand the game. We’re teaching them on the run; at the same time trying to find a way to compete and win a ball game.”
The highlight of the game was the pitching of freshman Gavin Maloney. The youngster got his second win of the season, going 5-1/3 innings — the game ended early under both the mercy rule and 2-1/2 hour rule — and only allowing three earned runs. “Gavin, the freshman, pitched really well; did his job,” Ward said.
The Colts, who were the visitors at the Dexter ball park, got on board early, scoring one run in the first and four in the third. Ward was not pleased as the Institute ran itself out of at least two more runs in the second, then did the same in the fourth, leading only 8-0 instead of by a mercy-rule margin of 10 or more runs.
Texico scored two runs in the bottom of the fourth, taking advantage of three NMMI fielding errors, but Maloney got out of a two-runners-on-base situation with a strikeout. The Wolverines added one more run in the bottom of the fifth on a double, wild pitch and scoring fly ball, but it was in the top of the sixth that the Colts broke things wide open.
They sent 16 batters to the plate, scoring 12 runs off three Texico pitchers. NMMI had eight hits, including a pair of doubles by Maloney — who brought in three runs — and a triple by No. 9 hitter Francisco Galvez.
The Wolverines didn’t help their own cause, walking one, making two wild pitches and three errors. But with both the 10-run rule on and time running out, the Colts couldn’t close things down easily in the bottom of the stanza.
Maloney struck out the first runner, but then gave up a single and a walk, before Ward pulled him for Teryn Surratt. Surratt looked like he was well on the way to closing the game when he struck out the No. 7 Texico batter, but five more Wolverine hits and two walks gave the Wolverines seven more runs before Surratt finally closed it out with a strikeout.
Beside Maloney’s pitching, the good news was the NMMI bats finally came alive.
“We had some clutch hitting,” Ward said. “There’s still some situational hitting that we’ve got to get better at. But we did hit the ball right at good times and put pressure on their defense. That’s the part about getting better. I care more about defense and that part. Base running. When they give us a chance to get on base I expect to get runs almost every time. When we shoot ourselves in the foot, those are things I demand better. But we’re going to learn from that.”
The Colts had 13 hits, led by Maloney, who was 3-for-4 with the two doubles and 3 RBIs; Guerrero, who was 3-for-4 with a triple and 4 RBIs; and Haden Maloney, who was 2-for-5 with 2 RBIs.
The victory sets up a semi-final game between NMMI and Tularosa, which won the tourney opener vs. Loving 13-5.
“We watched the game, and coach (Bill) Mendoza does a great job with Tularosa,” Ward said. “They found a way to win today against Loving, and it should be a great game for the semis.”
That game is set for 4 p.m. Friday.