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TEXICO — The doubleheader between NMMI and Texico might not have meant much to the Wolverines before it got underway, but after it was all over, the Colts had handed the No. 1 AAA team only their fourth loss of the season, winning 2-1 before falling 9-3.
Plus, while NMMI’s record (9-17, 4-8) has them near the bottom of the 22 AAAA teams, coach Charlie Ward thinks the 2-1 victory in Saturday’s opening game, combined with an early-season win over the Wolverines, should earn the Institute a spot in the state playoffs.
“With that record, we think we deserve to be in there, anywhere from a 14 to a 16 (seed),” the coach said. “We’re just going to wait until four o’clock (Sunday), and hopefully (the seeding committee) will believe that NMMI deserves to be in the playoffs.”
Ward sounded thrilled about the victory.
“We played a great game and Eli (Aguilar) pitched a great game,” he said.
Aguilar pitched a complete seven innings, allowing only one run — in the third on a dropped third strike, wild pitch and ground out — on five hits, four walks and a quartet of strikeouts.
That third-inning run put Texico up 1-0, but the Colts took the lead in the top of the fourth.
Francisco Rivera opened the stanza with a walk, stole second and came home on a Jake Guerrero double. Guerrero advanced on a ground out and scored on an error, and after that the game belonged to the pitchers, with each team putting runners on base, but unable to bring them home.
“Everybody played really hard,” Ward said. “Everybody backed up Eli. He pitched his best game of the year. He gave us a chance to win.”
Another plus on the day for NMMI was the return of Gavin Maloney, who’s been out with an injury since the Dexter Tournament in March. Ward said just having the sophomore back on the field made a big difference.
“He hit the ball hard,” the coach said. “He hit some to people, but you could see the team had confidence with their teammate in there. It was an extra bat to help us, so it was good to have Gavin back. We can’t pitch him, but as long as we can have him in the lineup, it’s a big plus to the team and a big confidence builder.”
Ward wasn’t quite as happy with Game 2, which saw errors lead to the loss.
“We had seven unearned runs and lost 9-3,” he said. “So it was very frustrating to lose that second game. But we battled. We played everybody. We played the seniors.
“We just didn’t cover routine plays. That gave them a four spot and a three spot. Those seven runs were costly to catch up.”
After going down 4-0 in the first, the Colts came back with two in the second with a Francisco Galvez double, Danny Jaramillo triple and a wild pitch.
The other three Texico unearned runs came in the third, making it 7-2, then NMMI added a solo run in the sixth on singles by Galvez and Jaramillo and a fielder’s choice. The Wolverines added solo runs of their own in the fifth and sixth.
Michel Hinojos got the loss with seven runs, none earned, while Connor Roe and Frank Marchi each gave up one run in relief.
Jaramillo was 2-for-2 at the plate with one run and RBI, and Galvez was 2-for-3 with two runs scored.
Whether NMMI gets another game this season is up to the NMAA seeding committee, but despite being unhappy with the final game, Ward had praise for his squad.
“The kids had a great year, even though the record doesn’t indicate it with all the injuries and adversity,” he said.
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It was a tough day for the Bronco baseball team Saturday, as NMMI lost a close 8-6 match to Midland in the opener then lost big in the nightcap, 21-7. But it was the opening game that was much more frustrating for everyone involved, especially since it mirrored Friday’s opener.
“First three games we had a chance to win,” said coach Chris Cook. “Again, we didn’t score as many runs as we needed and got a bad break on a bunt and that cost us two runs. Kind of like the first game, we needed to score a few more to make up for a call that just wasn’t called correctly, and that’s part of the game, but this late in the year it always hurts more because we’re running out of games. I felt good about how we played for three games.”
After a scoreless two innings, the Chaparrals went up 1-0 in the third on three straight singles. But the Broncos matched that and added one in the bottom of the stanza.
Kirby Pimentel reached second on an error, went to third on a passed ball and, after Marion McLean walked, Alex Howard singled in Pimentel then Welch singled in McLean.
Midland then put together a six-run fourth inning, scoring on five singles and two doubles off NMMI starter Preston Inman and reliever Kyle Bosworth.
But Bosworth settled down and held the Chaps scoreless through the next two stanzas, while the Broncos added four in the fifth, closing the gap to 7-6,
McLean led off with a solo home run, then Howard and Winston Welch both singled and came home on a Chris Suarez shot over the centerfield fence.
But NMMI couldn’t score in the sixth or seventh — despite a leadoff double by Welch in the seventh — and Midland added an insurance run in the seventh.
Welch was perfect offensively, going 4-for-4 with two doubles and one RBI and run. Howard was 2-for-4 with a run and RBI.
Game 2 was all Midland, as the Chaps went up 10-0 in the first and never looked back.
“Our worst fear happened in Game 4,” Cook said. “They scored a bunch of runs in the first inning, and we were just not set up for that with our pitching depth right now. It’s a good hitting team. They got a lot of breaks offensively and hit balls where we weren’t. It just snowballed on us. It’s not a lack of effort or anything like that. It just didn’t go our way and it’s a good team.
That the effort was there showed when the Broncos kept trying to score despite the almost insurmountable margin.
Down 18-0 in the second, singles by Justin Felix and Inman and a ground out by Pancho Mariscal took the zero off the NMMI side of the board. Then, after Midland added another pair in the third, the Broncos came back with three when McLean walked, Howard was hit and Felix homered.
NMMI added three more in the fourth when Mariscal singled; Jensen doubled; Pimentel tripled; McLean walked and Howard sacrificed.
The Institute used four players on the mound, including Alex Garcia, Josh Souza, James Santiago and Dallas Griffin. Felix led at the plate, going 2-for-3 with two runs and 3 RBIs.
The three losses don’t make the battle for a playoff spot much easier, so all the Broncos can hope for is some losses elsewhere in the WJCAC.
“We’re in a waiting game to see if we get a little bit of help,” Cook said. “If one of those three teams ahead of us loses a game this weekend, we may still have a chance but we’ll have to wait and see.”
NMMI closes the season at home May 6-7 vs. Frank Phillips, and no matter what the standing look like, Cook would like to end with a sweep.
“We want to play well against Frank at home,” he said. “ Sophomore weekend. Regardless of what the standing situation is and it might be a super long shot for us to get in, but obviously we want to finish on a high note; set some really high bars for future teams to try to reach. We’ve got a chance to finish above .500 in conference for the first time in school history, and that’s basically what we’re going to be trying to do.”
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LAS CRUCES — The Colt tennis team earned the District 4A-AAAA title Saturday, topping Portales 9-0 and defending champ Mesilla Valley Christian School 6-1 in a tough but abbreviated championship match.
“There’s no doubt Mesilla Valley has a good team,” said NMMI coach Will Cavin. “We won five out of the six matches as far as singles go. Francisco (Saracho) lost to (Adam) Takeshita in the quads, but he battled him today. Won the first set; lost the second set; then beat him in a tiebreaker in the third set. So that was a great match there.”
Luis Fontes also battled to three, winning 6-3, 0-6, 6-0, and Jose Salazar lost the only singles match in three.
“He’s got a little tendonitis going on in his elbow,” Cavin said. “No excuse. We beat them 7-2. I think we probably would have got them 8-1 today, but we didn’t finish the two doubles matches, because that’s the way it works. Once you hit five, (the match is over) and we hit five in the middle of those two singles matches.”
The Lady Colts won’t be sending anyone to state, as they lost 8-1 to Portales to end their season. But Cavin is still proud of the team.
“They fought and they played hard,” he said. “Other than Vanessa (Sanchez) being a senior, they’re young. We didn’t have Megan (Lynch). Next year, I really think if everyone comes come back, we’ll be going to state as a team.”
But this year, it’s just the boys, and they’ll have to wait until Sunday for the seeding, Cavin is hoping for a good placing.
“I think we deserve No. 2, at worst we deserve No. 3,” he said. “That’ll be up to the New Mexico Activities Association. But it is what it is. You’ve got to play wherever they put you. In my mind, we should be two or three, but that’s up to them.”
The Colts will head out Wednesday for the individual tournament — with Farid Yunes and Saracho competing in singles and Felix Higuera and Angel Reyes trying for a doubles title — then start team play Friday.
“We’re looking good,” Cavin said. “The kids are excited and I’m excited for them. They’ve played hard and done well. We look forward to the state tournament next week.”
NMMI 9, Portales 0
No. 1, Farid Yunes, NMMI, def. Zachary Laurenz, PHS, 6-0, 6-2
No. 2, Francisco Saracho, NMMI, def. Enrique Cabral, PHS, 6-0, 6-1
No. 3, Luis Fontes, NMMI, def. Geronamo Macias, PHS, 6-0, 6-0
No. 4, Jose Salazar, NMMI, def. Javier Gutierrez, PHS, 6-1, 6-1
No. 5, Allen DeGroot, NMMI, def. Francisco Lopez, PHS, 6-1, 6-0
No. 6, Spencer Treat, NMMI, def. Zeke Aquirre, PHS, 6-0, 6-0
No. 1, Yunes/Saracho, NMMI, def. Laurenz/Cabral, PHS, 6-2, 6-0
No. 2, Fontes/Salazar, NMMI, def. Gutierrez/Lopez, PHS, 6-1, 6-1
No. 3, Higuera/Reyes, NMMI, def. Macias/Aquirre, PHS, 6-2, 6-0
NMMI 6, Mesilla Valley Christian School 1
No. 1, Farid Yunes, NMMI, def. Jarrett Coyle, MVCS, 6-2, 6-2
No. 2, Francisco Saracho, NMMI, def. Adam Takeshita, MVCS, 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (7-3)
No. 3, Luis Fontes, NMMI, def. Josh Estrada, MVCS, 6-3, 0-6, 6-0
No. 4, Tyler Franzoy, MVCS, def. Jose Salazar, NMMI, 5-7, 7-6, 6-1
No. 5, Allen DeGroot, NMMI, def. Peter Ko, MVCS, 6-1, 6-0
No. 6, Spencer Treat, NMMI, def. Brandon Rue, MVCS, 6-0, 6-2
No. 1, Yunes/Saracho, NMMI, vs. Laurenz/Cabral, , MVCS, DNP
No. 2, Fontes/Salazar, NMMI, vs. Estrada/Franzoy, MVCS, DNP
No. 3, Higuera/Reyes, NMMI, def. Robert Armistead/Rue, MVCS, 6-1, 6-0
Portales 8, NMMI 1
No. 1, JinXiu Dong, NMMI, def. Zamorye Cox, PHS, 6-2, 6-2
No. 2, Mireya Lopez, PHS, def. Flor Toscano, NMMI, 7-5, 6-0
No. 3, Danielle Ruiz, PHS, def. Sofia Brassea, NMMI, 6-3, 6-1
No. 4, Kinsey Bilberry, PHS, def. Savannah Lee, NMMI, 6-0, 6-2
No. 5, Timberlyn Neece, PHS, def. Vanessa Sanchez, NMMI, 6-4, 6-1
No. 6, Cree Barber, PHS, def. Miranda Nepip, NMMI, 6-3, 6-1
No. 1, Cox/Lopez, PHS, def. Dong/Toscano, NMMI, 6-1, 6-0
No. 2, Ruiz/Bilberry, PHS, def. Brassea/Lee, NMMI, 6-3, 6-3
No. 3, Neece/Barber, PHS, def. Sanchez/Nepip, NMMI, 6-1, 6-4
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LOVINGTON — Lady Colt track got their first relay team qualified for State on Friday at the Ross Black Relays in Lovington, while Colt Christian Padilla qualified in this third event, winning the 400-meter dash.
Alexandra Rivera, Grace Tompkins, eighth grader Mia Walker and her sister, junior Sierra Walker, won the 1,600-meter medley by more than 12 seconds over the second-place finisher, district rival Ruidoso.
The Colts were running in the slower heat vs. 6A Hobbs and 5A Goddard. At the third handoff, from Mia Walker to big sister Sierra, NMMI was in a distant third. But by the end of the first 400-meter leg, Walker had moved into second and made it look easy on the final 400 to take the victory by 21 seconds over the Eagles.
And despite running in the faster heat, all the Warriors could do was a 4:42.04 compared to the NMMI 4:29.84.
Padilla did run in the fast heat of the 400 to get first, while Fausto Baranzini ran two heats back and still finished third, missing the qualifying time by less than a second.
And Tymon Dalton ran the 300-meter hurdles for the first time this season, finishing eighth just 1.3 seconds above the qualifying time and faster than every district runner competing.
NMMI’s throwers weren’t able to get any marks in Friday’s meet because the scratch line was set very high, but, said coach Katie Dollahan, “having the bar set high made us push farther and we saw some distance gains in the shot, discus and javelin.”
She thinks Hugo Varela and Christian Taylor have a chance to qualify in discus at the district meet in Ruidoso May 6.
Ross Black Relays, NMMI results
Boys, team — 1, Clovis, 99; 2, Lovington, 68;3, Artesia, 65; 4, Carlsbad, 64.5; 5, Portales, 51.5;; 6, Hobbs, 40; 7, Roswell, 25; 8, Ruidoso, 18; 9, NMMI, 13; 10, Goddard, 10
100-meter dash — 5, Baranzini, Fausto, 11.90; 22, Major, Randell, 12.88
200-meter dash — 7, Padilla, Christian, 23.90; 16, Dalton, Tymon, 24.96; 24, Major, Randell, 25.66; 33, Aranda, Andres, 27.41
400-meter dash — 1, Padilla, Christian, 51.97; 3, Baranzini, Fausto, 53.34; 29, Waruingi, Michael, 1:05.16
300-meter hurdles — 8, Dalton, Tymon, 44.60
Girls, team — 1, Clovis, 86; Carlsbad, 76; 3, Hobbs, 68; 4, Portales, 58; 5, Roswell, 47; 6, Artesia, 42; 7, Ruidoso, 39; 8, Lovington, 23; 9, NMMI, 10; 10, Goddard, 5
100-meter dash — 28, Rivera, Alexandria, 15.49; 33, Tompkins, Grace, 16.02
200-meter dash — 12, Walker, Sierra, 29.66; 27, Walker, Mia, 31.16
1,600-meter run — 19, Valadez, Abby, 6:44.52
1,600-meter medley relay — 1, NMMI (Alexandra Rivera, Grace Tompkins, Mia Walker, Sierra Walker), 4:29.84
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Yunes only lost one game in sweeping by Silver and Portales athletes, then faced teammate Francisco Saracho in the championship match, winning 6-1, 6-1.
Saracho got to the title round against his fellow Colt with somewhat closer victories over Mesilla Valley Christian School and Silver.
Both Yunes and Saracho earned berths in the state tournament that begins Wednesday in Albuquerque.
The Colts didn’t do quite as well in doubles, but will be sending Felix Higuera and Angel Reyes to state.
Higuera and Reyes defeated a Ruidoso duo, then fell to the eventual doubles champions, Jarrett Coyle and Adam Takeshita of Mesilla Valley.
That dropped Higuera and Reyes to the third-place game, which was another all-NMMI match.
Luis Fontes and Juan Salazar won their first round against a pair of Son Blazers, but then fell to the No. 2 seed from Silver.
The four Colts battled to the end, with Higuera and Reyes taking third — and a berth at state — 6-2, 1-6, 6-6(7-4.)
Allen DeGroot and Spencer Treat won’t be going to state as individuals, but did get a solid three-set win over a Mesilla Valley pair before falling to Silver.
“I was hoping (Fontes and Salazar) would beat Silver’s doubles team, but it wasn’t their day,” said coach Will Cavin. “I think they got a little frustrated on the court and didn’t make it happen.”
Still, overall, “I’m happy with the boys,” the coach said.
With No. 1 Megan Lynch out for the season, the Lady Colts did their best in doubles, with JinXiu Dong and Flor Toscano opening the day with a win over a Silver team, then falling to the No. 1 Son Blazer team and No. 2 Portales team, leaving them in fourth, just short of a trip to state.
Both other Lady Colts doubles teams fell in their first match.
“I’m really happy with the girls,” Cavin said. “They competed despite adversity, and I really think we’d be taking a team to state if Megan hadn’t gotten sick when she did. It’s a domino effect when you look at the lineups for the girls, singles and doubles.”
Both teams will be back in action around 9 a.m. Saturday vs. Portales in the team competition. Without Lynch, the Lady Colts most likely won’t get to state, but he has high hopes for the Colts.
“I’m really confident that we’ll win our first round against Portales, which will put us in the championship against, I’m pretty sure it’s going to be Mesilla Valley,” Cavin said. “So we’ll finish one or two. I really think we’ll finish one, but I don’t take anything for granted.”
Either way, the Colts would be back at state as a team beginning Friday, May 6.
District 4AAAA Individual Results
(1) Farid Yunes, NMMI, def. (9) Sam Nix, Silver, 6-0, 6-0
Yunes def. (4) Zachary Laurenz, Portales, 6-1, 6-0
Yunes def. (3) Francisco Saracho, NMMI, 6-1, 6-1 District champion
(3) Francisco Saracho, NMMI, def. (6) Brandon Rue, MVCS, 6-2, 6-1
Saracho def. (2) Lazius Brown, Silver, 6-5, 6-0
Farid Yunes, NMMI, def. Saracho, NMMI, 6-1, 6-1 2nd place
(3) Luis Fontes/Juan Salazar, NMMI def. Dalton Rice/Gutierrez, MVCS, 6-1, 6-0
(2) Hunter Ogas/Thomas Van Ameron, Silver, def. Fontes/Salazar, 6-4, 6-3
(4) Felix Higuera/Angel Reyes, NMMI def. (3) Fontes/Salazar, NMMI, 6-2, 1-6, 6-6(7-4)
(4) Felix Higuera/Angel Reyes, NMMI def. (5) Alex King/Cristian Castro, Ruidoso, 6-0, 6-1
(1) Jarrett Coyle/Adam Takeshita, MVCS, def. Higuera/Reyes, 6-0, 6-1
Higuera/Reyes, def. (3) Luis Fontes/Juan Salazar, NMMI, 6-2, 1-6, 6-6(7-4)
(10) Allen DeGroot/Spencer Treat, NMMI def. (7) Jeremy Frazier/Robert Armistead, MVCS, 6-4, 6-2
(2) Hunter Ogas/Thomas Van Ameron, Silver, def. DeGroot/Treat, 2-6, 4-6, 6-2
(4) JinXiu Dong/Flor Toscano, NMMI, def. (5) Salianna Goss/Gabrielle Hughes, Silver, 6-0, 6-4
(1) Shelby Andersson/Hannah Nunley, MVCS, def. Dong/Toscano, 6-1, 6-0
(2) Mireya Lopez/Danielle Ruiz, Portales, def. Dong/Toscano, 6-0, 6-0 4th place
(7) Chloe Elliot/Christina Fragoso, Ruidoso, def. (10) Vanessa Sanchez/Miranda Nepip, NMMI, 6-3, 6-4
(8) Kinsey Bilberry/Timberlyn Neece, Portales, def. (9) Sofia Brassea/Savannah Lee, NMMI, 6-1, 6-1