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The NMMI Colt baseball team bounced back from last weekend’s championship loss, earning a shutout win at home on Tuesday against Loving High School.
The Colts [9-1] rode solid pitching, exceptional defense, and occasional spurts of offense to a 10-0 final in six innings.
“After Saturday, it was good to get back into the winning column,” said head coach Charlie Ward. “We had a chance to see three pitchers. Gavin Maloney did his work and Alex Lopez and Jasper Best came in and threw strikes. But the best part of the day was defense. No errors.”
Defense definitely was the hallmark of the game. Third baseman Connor Roe was a mobile wall at the hot corner, collecting two outs on ground balls which should have been easy base hits, and narrowly missed a third. Maloney in centerfield, after finishing with his pitching duties in the first two innings, made a spectacular recovery on a ball hit over his head, throwing the runner out before he could reach second base with a double.
“We had a great practice yesterday. It was positive. Lots of drills, including one where we made ‘em run after balls hit in the gaps or over their head,” explained coach Ward. “Looks like it might have helped.”
Maloney got the win with two innings of effort, allowing no hits, three walks and recording three Ks. Alex Lopez also threw two complete, striking out two and giving up two hits with no walks; and Jasper Best closed out the final two stanzas with one hit, one K and zero free passes.
On the offensive side, the Colts struggled a bit with just seven hits, but still found ways to bring in runs. They plated three in their first at-bat, then scored four more in their second to take an early 7-0 lead. The bats then cooled off in the middle innings before coming back with a trio of runs in the sixth, capped with a walk-off 2-RBI double by Michel Hinojos to end the game an inning early by the run rule.
“We were a bit impatient at the plate, just trying too hard,” said Ward.
Roe led the Institute with three hits in four at-bats, scoring three runs and driving in another. Hinojos was close behind with two hits in three attempts and 4 RBIs.
“It was a good tune-up for district which opens up this weekend,” said Ward. “The kids are together and the energy in the dugout just makes it fun. Now we’ve just got to stay focused and get ready for Moriarty on Friday.”
That match-up marks the start of district for the Colts: a two-day, three-game series at home vs. the Pintos, beginning with a doubleheader slated for 4 and 6 p.m. on Friday, then concluding with a single game set for 10 a.m. on Saturday.
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In a battle of undefeated teams in the championship game of the 23rd Annual Sertoma-Colt Classic at the NMMI ballpark, the Texico Wolverines were able to retain their unblemished record with an 8-2 victory over the NMMI Colts for their second championship win in three years in the Classic.
Texico was able to notch a run in the top of the first inning when starting pitcher Michel Hinojos hit the second batter, who then moved over to second on a passed ball and to third on a groundout. Texico’s clean-up hitter Cole Rohrbach did his job by driving home the run with a RBI single.
NMMI would answer in the bottom of the frame with two runs of their own. Lead-off hitter Francisco Rivera opened up the Colt at-bat with a triple down into the right field corner and would score on a wild pitch. After a pop-up to the pitcher, Gavin Maloney would drive a rocket over the centerfielder’s head to the deepest part of the center and end up with a triple. Hinojos would follow that with an RBI single to plate Maloney. Jake Guerrero would follow with a single and Emilio Maldonado would reach on an error by the shortstop. The two Colts would be stranded however with an inning ending strikeout leaving the Colts with a 2-1 lead and their only lead of the game.
The wheels would come off in the top of the second inning when Texico was able to tally five runs, mostly on Colt errors. Coach Ward lamented “Hinojos pitched his tail off in that inning but his defense let him down. You have to give credit to Texico though for capitalizing on our mistakes. They are a good ball club and well-coached, defending 3-A champs.”
After getting the lead-off man to fly out, the next five Wolverines were able to come across the plate to essentially seal the game at 6-2. Ward added, “Hinojos settled down after that and didn’t give up any more runs. Real proud of his senior leadership getting through that mess.” Hinojos would pitch 5.3 innings to take the loss after being relieved in the 6th by Rivera.
Neither team could muster much offense the rest of the way until the top of the 7th when Texico was able to tack on two more runs with two outs with two single, a walk and then a 2 RBI single by Ben Crist, Texico’s starting pitcher, to bring it to the final score of 8-2.
The Colts would only threaten in the bottom of the sixth when Guerrero led off with a triple but was stranded by two strikeouts and a groundout.
NMMI placed Jake Guerrero and Gavin Maloney on the All-Tournament team. They were joined by Texico’s Crist, Dalton Thatcher, and tournament MVP Cole
Rohrbach; Santa Rosa’s Joseph Esquibel and Christian Chavez; Tularosa’s Josh Chavez; Hatch Valley’s Jesus Moreno; Capitan’s Brenden Usrey; and Dexter’s Jaime Chavira.
Ward was still upbeat after the defeat adding “8-1 to the beginning of the season is a great start but district starts this weekend and we will have our work cut out for us.”
Ward also had high praise for all the people, organizations and local businesses who helped put on this year’s tournament. “Thanks to the Roswell Sertoma Club for all of their hard work, as well as the NMMI staff and physical plant that came out to help. A huge thanks to the parents that helped feed the players after the games and put together a great hospitality room for coaches, umpires and workers. Big thanks to Peter Piper’s Pizza and Subway for their contributions to the hospitality room as well.”
The Colts will have a single game Tuesday with Loving and welcome Moriarty to the NMMI ballpark with a double-header on Friday starting at 4pm and a single game Saturday morning at 10am before the Bronco baseball team’s double-header with Luna CC.
After a shaky start, the NMMI Colt baseball team settled down on defense – then plated enough runs despite just four hits – to earn a 6-3 win over Santa Rosa and move into the Sertoma Colt Classic Championships.
The Lions struck first with a single run in their first at-bat. Leadoff Chris Correa walked, moved to third on a pair of wild pitches, then scored on a 4-3 ground out.
NMMI got their first two batters on board in the bottom half, Francisco Rivera bunting down the third base line for a single and Gavin Maloney drawing the four-pitch walk. But the Colts failed to capitalize: the next two hitters went down on strikes, and the inning ended on a 4-6 fielder’s choice.
Both teams went scoreless in the second, and after holding Santa Rosa without a run again in the top of the third, the Institute tied the game with a solo run the bottom.
Maloney got on base with a one-out single up the middle, went to second on a ground out by Michel Hinojos, then scored on a throwing error by Lions on a grounder to short.
‘Rosa quickly regained the lead, 2-1, on a leadoff walk then RBI double by Lion first baseman Joaquin Romo in the top of the fourth.
NMMI countered with a pair of runs of their own – back-to-back walks to Emilio Maldonado and Connor Roe, a sac bunt by Jasper Best to move both runners into scoring position, an RBI on a ground out to the right side by Gunnar Schwab to score Maldonado, and Roe coming in a wild pitch.
The Lions final tally came in the top of the fifth. NMMI starting pitcher Maloney gave up a leadoff infield single, but the runner scored on a pair of throwing errors all on the same play– one to first base trying to get the force out, then another trying to trying to throw the runner out at third.
The Colts came roaring back by plating three runs in the bottom of the fifth, withthe first coming on a true in-the-park homerun by Maloney. Hinojos then got on and went to second on an error; Jake Guerrero singled in Hinojos and moved to second on the throw, went to third on a wild pitch, later scoring on a ground out by Maldonado.
Guerrero then took command on the mound in the final two innings, picking up his first win of the season by allowing no hits and collecting five of the last six outs on Ks.
Starting pitcher Maloney had 4.1 innings of work, allowed two earned runs and recorded five Ks.
Tomorrow’s 6 p.m. championship game is now set for a battle between two unbeaten teams: NMMI at 8-0 and Texico – who downed Capitan 7-3 in the other semifinals – at 7-0.
In other games in the Sertoma Colt Classic, Hatch outlasted Dexter 2-1 and Tularosa shutout Floyd 9-0. Dexter and Floyd will play for seventh place at 10 a.m. tomorrow; Hatch and Tularosa at 12:30 for the consolation championships; and Capitan and Santa Rosa for third place at 3 p.m.
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The March winds may have finally blew in with a drop in temperature but the NMMI offense did not cool off one bit when they took the nightcap of the 23rd annual Sertoma-Colt Classic by blasting the Floyd Broncos 12-0 in the 5 inning run-ruled game.
After setting the Broncos down 1-2-3 in the top of the first, the Colts responded with three runs by the first three batters in the lineup. Starting pitcher Francisco Rivera led off with a walk, moved to third when the Floyd centerfielder misplayed Gavin Maloney’s pop up that fell to the ground, Michael Hinojos walked and then after the next two Colts struck out, all three scored on Emilio Maldonado’s double over the centerfielder’s head to put NMMI up 3-0 after one.
In the top of the second, Floyd had their biggest threat when they had runners on second and third via both with base on balls and moved over on two groundouts. Rivera was able to pitch out of trouble by striking out the Bronco hitter looking for the third out.
In the bottom of the inning, the Colts were able to piece together four runs to build the lead to 7-0. Connor Roe led off with a walk, followed by another walk by Rivera. Hinojos singled in Roe and then Jake Guerrero was able to double both of them in and then score himself when the third baseman tried to throw Guerrero out at second and put the ball into right field for a two-base throwing error.
In the bottom of the fourth, NMMI was able to score their first four hitters of the inning hen Maloney led off with a double to center, Hinojos walked and Guerrero hit a second double to score Maloney. Hinojos and Guerrero were brought home on Alex Lopez’s two RBI-single. Lopez would score when Jasper Best put the ball in play but the Bronco shortstop had another two-base throwing error allowing Lopez to score the final Colt run for a 12-0 lead.
Lopez pitched the last two innings to get a save in his first appearance on the mound for the Colts on the season while Rivera would pick up the victory and scored two runs to help his cause. Guerrero finished 2-3 with 3 RBI’s and two runs scored, Hinojos finished with a RBI and three runs scored and Maloney had two runs scored.
In the tournament opening game, the Dexter Demons fell to the Texico Wolverines 6-2 and Capitan beat Hatch 8-3 to set up Friday’s opening game at 10am with Dexter facing Hatch. Floyd will face Tularosa whom fell to the Santa Rosa Lions in a very competitive 3-2 game in the 1pm consolation semifinals. Capitan and Texico will play at 4pm in the first game of the winner’s bracket with NMMI taking on Santa Rosa in the nightcap at 7pm.
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