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NMMI Sports Press
The NMMI Bronco baseball team [9-6] took a pair of seven-inning games from Dodge City Community College [3-4] on Saturday, 16-9 and 6-3. The doubleheader sweep puts NMMI at 3-0 in the four-game series vs. the visiting Conquistadors – a final nine-inning contest is set for tomorrow at noon at the NMMI Ballpark.
In Game 1, the Bronco bats powered through some shaky pitching by putting up 16 runs on 16 hits. Every player in the NMMI batting order had a base hit, including a 4 for 4 performance by leadoff hitter Angel Colon. Starting pitcher Matthew Marquez gave up five runs in the first, but stayed on the mound and got credit for the win by allowing just one more run through the end of the fifth. Control problems chased NMMI’s first reliever Jeremy De la Garza from the mound in the top of the sixth, but Dustin Renfroe mopped up by recording the last five outs with only two opposing hits.
Game 2 was more of a pitching duel. NMMI starter Zach Gonzales outlasted his DCCC opponent and got his first win of the season by allowing just two runs over six complete innings. Cub Turcotte pitched the final three outs and gave up one run, but got the save. On offense, four players had a multiple-hit game including Jesse Watson (2 for 3 with 2 runs); Onix Vega (2 for 3 with a double, triple, 1 run and 1 RBI); Dustin Renfroe (2 for 3 with a run and an RBI) and Luis Rivera (2 for 2 with a double).
NMMI Sports Press
The New Mexico Military Institute Bronco baseball team [7-6] let slip an early 4-1 lead, but came back with four runs in the last three innings to take the first of a four-game weekend series vs. visiting Dodge City Community College [3-2].
“We showed a little bit of guts today,” said head Bronco coach Chris Cook. “Got an early lead, then kinda gave it back in the middle innings. But we were able to get into their bullpen, got some hits with runners in scoring position and took advantage of some opportunities we got late in the game.”
Starting NMMI pitcher Parker Bateman sat down the Conquistadors in order to start the game, recording two of his five strikeouts over 3.2 innings pitched.
“Bateman again had a decent start, got some strikeouts, but they fouled a lot of balls off which got his pitch count got into the nineties in a hurry, and we had to go into the bullpen a lot earlier in Game 1 than we’d like to,”
NMMI posted a single run in the bottom of the first – Angel Colon scoring on an RBI double by Jordan Williams after getting on via an error.
The Conqs tied it up in the top of the second despite Bateman’s third K to start the stanza. The next two batters singled and one run was eventually scored on a sac fly before Bateman could end the inning with yet another K.
Two walks, a hit batter, and timely RBI triple by Colon plated three runs for the Broncos in the bottom half of the second – extending their lead to 4-1 – but NMMI wouldn’t score again until the seventh.
The middle innings were dominated by Dodge City. The Conquistador offense collected six hits and five runs in the fourth and fifth innings, while their defense shut down the Bronco’s run production with a pair of double plays.
NMMI was down 6-4 headed into the bottom of the seventh, but cut the lead in half, Colon again scoring – after a walk and balk to second – on a line-drive single up the middle by Cub Turcotte.
Bronco pitcher Jeremy Griffith, who came in to relieve Ricky Roybal for the final out in the top of the sixth inning, got some help from his defense to blank DCCC in the top of the eighth. Griffith gave up back-to-back singles to start the inning, but got the second singler, Jake Pederson out at first on a quick relay from centerfielder Jairus Hampton to shortstop Kirby Pimentel, then back to first baseman Bobby Galindo. One out with a runner of third, and NMMI turned their own unconventional double play: outfielder Williams caught a fly ball down the right-field line, then threw home to catcher Onix Vega. Vega made a sweeping tag just getting DCCC’s Richard Fullerton before he could slide in and touch the plate.
McCoy Pearce quickly tied the game 6-6 with a lead-off opposite-field home run to right at the start the bottom of the eighth. Pimentel then tripled with a shot straight down the right field line and scored on a single by Luis Rivera, to give NMMI a 7-6 lead headed into the final inning.
In the top of the ninth, Griffith hit the first Conquistador batter, who came around to score – and tie the game at 7s – after a single and fielder’s choice.
Dodge City returned the favor in the bottom of the ninth, allowing NMMI’s first batter on base, Williams, after being hit by a pitch. Galindo then singled between first and second, with Williams moving to third. Pearce was intentionally walked to load the bases, and still with no outs, Pimentel hit a high chopper to second which easily scored Williams from third before the force out could be made at the plate.
Coach Cook was happy with the comeback win and credited it, in part, to improved Bronco at-bats and some solid relief pitching.
“I thought our aggressiveness got better along with our approach, which is what I’m hoping to see more consistently,” he said, talking about his hitters. “We also got a great relief outing from true freshman Jeremy Griffith and he picked up his first college victory.
Cook continued by saying that first reliever Ricky Roybal has pitched well his last two outings. “He’s still a little inconsistent, but he’s getting comfortable with some adjustments we’ve made,” said Cook. “It was nice to see them both do well coming out of the bullpen – we’re going to need both of them to pitch in important games down the road.”
The Broncs and Conqs will hit the diamond again Saturday for two seven-inning games beginning at 12:00 pm, then wrap up the series with a single nine-inning game on Sunday, again with a noon start time.
NMMI Sports Press
On another beautiful weekend for baseball in where the weather cooperated for the NMMI Bronco’s home series, the Garden City Community College Broncbusters did not cooperate much at all by taking both ends of Saturday’s double-header 11-8 and 9-0 and sweeping the four-game series.
NMMI was able to swing the bats well in the first game pounding out 13 hits to match Garden City in that category but could not push enough baserunners across to keep up with the Broncbusters in the scoring column. Garden City opened the game with two runs but NMMI was able to answer with four runs in the bottom of the first on Jordan Williams’s three-run laser shot of a homerun that followed singles from Cub Turcotte and Onix Vega. McCoy Pearce matched that a batter latter with a towering shot off of the left field light standard to put the Broncos up 4-2.
Garden City answered with a five-run 2nd inning with a double, two hit-batsmen, a two-rbi single and then a two-RBI triple by GCCC’s Rafael Villela. The fifth run came off of a wild pitch that plated Villela and put Garden City up 7-4. They would tack on another run in the 4th from Broncbuster Conner Reynolds third of four homeruns on the weekend series, two more in the 6th and an insurance run in the 7th.
NMMI added one of their own in the 5th inning off of Pearce’s sac-fly that brought Vega home to pull within 8-5 and another in the 6th when Alex Pimentel led off the inning with a double and came home on Angel Colon’s RBI single that made the score 10-6 at that point
The Broncos were not to go down without a fight in the bottom of the 7th when Bobby Galindo led off with a walk, moved to third on Pearce’s single and then scored on a wild pitch. Pearce would eventually move up to third on another wild pitch and score on Luis Rivera’s rbi groundout. That was all NMMI could muster though and fell 11-8.
Vega would finish 3-3 with two runs scored and Pearce was 2-3 with the homer and two runs and two RBIs. Pimentel and Colon also finished with multiple hits both going 2-4 with each a double. Zach Gonzales started the game for NMMI and took the loss with 7 runs in the 1-1/3 innings off of 7 hits. Goddard alum Ricky Roybal came on in relief and threw 4- 1/3 innings surrendering only 3 hits and 3 runs and 3 walks while striking out 8 Garden City batters.
In the second game, the NMMI bats were pretty much put on ice as they were only able to scatter 6 hits throughout the game and leaving two runners stranded in scoring position in the first, bases loaded in the 6th and another on third in the 7th. Vega was able to add a couple more hits going 2-3 while Jesse Watson, Adam Abeyta, and Michael Salcedo added singles and Jordan Williams legging out a hustle double.
Garden City was able to plate a runner in the 1st, two in the 2nd and 3rd innings each, three in the 4th and another in the 6th. Reynolds added his fourth homer with a two-run shot in that 4th inning.
With the weekend series sweep, NMMI falls to 6-6 on the year and will host the Dodge City Conquistadors in a single 9-inning game on Friday, a noon doubleheader on Saturday and finish with a single game on Sunday.
NMMI Sports Press
The Bronco baseball team [6-4] dropped a pair of close and low-scoring games today, 5-2 and 5-4, to visiting Garden City Community College [9-3].
NMMI’s starting pitchers were solid, with Parker Bateman going six of the seven innings in Game 1 with just one earned run and six strikeouts, and Matthew Marquez throwing seven complete with one earned run and four Ks in the nine-inning nightcap.
But the Bronco bats – which had been producing 8.3 runs per game with a .320 team batting average – were a bit stumped by the control and depth of a Broncbuster pitching staff that threw 10 different pitchers – five in each game – and kept the NMMI offense off-balance.
“Pitching did fine,” said head Bronco coach Chris Cook. “We made little mistakes here and there and they made us pay by taking advantage of some of the opportunities that we gave them. We were actually able to minimize some of those – they could have scored a handful more runs with a couple more two-out hits. But pitching wasn’t our problem today, we just didn’t score. We’ve got to score eight runs or more in this league and in this type of baseball, and we didn’t do that today.”
NMMI had the lead early in Game 1, posting a single run in the bottom of the fourth after a one-out double by designated hitter Dustin Renfroe. Jordan Williams was then hit by a pitch, Kirby Pimentel singled up the middle to load the bases, and Angel Colon got the RBI walk with two outs.
But GCCC answered back with two in the top of the fifth to retake the lead off a pair of walks followed by a pair of singles.
The Broncos tied it at 2s in the bottom half of the stanza, Onix Vega leading off with a single, moving to second after Bobby Galindo was hit by a pitch, moving to third on a high-chopper grounder to short by Luis Rivera, then scoring on a 4-3 ground out by Renfroe.
Neither team could score again until the top of the seventh, when the Broncbusters plated three runs off Renfroe in relief. NMMI went down in order in the bottom half to end Game 1, 5-2.
In Game 2, GCCC struck first with a solo run in the top of third.
Vega tied it 1-1 for NMMI with a single in the bottom of the fourth, later scoring from second on an RBI single by McCoy Pierce.
The Broncos plated their final three runs off four hits in their next at-bat in the bottom of the fifth, including a lead-off homerun over the left field fence by Williams.
But Garden City slowly chipped away at the 4-1 NMMI lead, scoring one run in both the sixth and seventh.
After a scoreless eighth, GCCC got a pair of runs in the top of the ninth with a one-on homer by Connor Reynolds.
“In the first game, we left a lot of runners on and had plenty of opportunities with runners in scoring position and didn’t capitalize,” said coach Cook. “In Game 2, we swung the bats a little bit better, hit way more balls hard, and gave ourselves a shot to win despite not having much to show for it in terms of run production.”
Vega was NMMI’s top hitter for the doubleheader with five hits in six at-bats, including a double, two RBIs and a pair of runs.
“The good news is that it’s still pre-conference season,” continued Cook. “We just need to get the hitter’s confidence back, because I think we can hit a little bit. We’ll just continue to work, get some sleep tonight and come back out tomorrow. “
The two teams will complete the four-game series with a pair of games on Saturday beginning at 12:00 P.M at the NMMI Ballpark.
For a second-consecutive weekend of beautiful baseball weather, the NMMI Broncos hosted a four-game double-header at the Ballpark, sweeping Otero Junior College by a combined score of 36-11, with two blowout victories on Friday and two squeakers on Saturday.
The weekend series was moved up to a Friday-Saturday tilt because of impending weather expected to move in on Sunday, giving Otero a chance to travel back home to La Junta, Colorado in safer conditions.
Alas, Otero still left town later than expected as the two teams battled to extra-innings affairs in both Saturday games after Friday’s twin bill ended quickly with a 10-run rule in both contests. The Broncos’ first win ended at 10-0 after six innings and the second in five, 13-3. On Saturday, the Broncos prevailed in with the opener in eight innings 6-5 and outlasted Otero 4-3 on a inside-the-park walk-off by catcher Angel Colon, leading off the bottom of the 10th.
“Zach Gonzales battled for us in that second game going seven innings and Cub Turcotte kept us in it,” said Bronco head coach Chris Cook. “The kids battled and stayed with it and got the chance to win, otherwise we might have been here ‘til midnight. We got some luck that went our way but we can’t always rely on the lucky bounce. I like where we are at though, even if we are young. Pitching kept us in the games tonight and we just need to get our timing down a little better.”
Dustin Renfroe picked up his first collegiate win in Saturday’s opener as he helped himself out, scoring the winning run after hitting a triple and then being knocked in two batters later by Alex Pimental, one of the three sophomores on the Bronco roster. Renfroe did not allow a hit in 4 2/3 innings of relief with two strikeouts and no walks, but did hit two batters. However, those runners didn’t hurt him as the first was erased with a double play and the second was picked off trying to steal second base.
Turcotte (Albuquerque-La Cueva) came up big in the first game as well with two runs scored and an RBI. Luis Rivera added two RBIs in a three-run first inning for NMMI. Justin Moskowitz started for NMMI and gave up all four runs on six hits and four walks, but did have six strikeouts.
In the afternoon game that turned into a twilight, Gonzales (Las Cruces-Centennial) went seven innings until he reached his pitch count but could have had the win if not for some shaky play in the fourth when Otero plated two runs on Gonzales’s throwing error on an attempted sacrifice bunt. After fielding it cleanly, Gonzales went to third to get the lead runner, but hurried and put the ball into the left field corner, allowing two unearned runs to score and tie the game up at 3-3. The Broncos had taken the lead in the bottom of the third off of an RBI from Turcotte when he sacrifice bunted Jairus Hampton in and McCoy Pearce’s RBI single that plated Jesse Watson (Centennial), who had singled to put Hampton in scoring position.
Gonzales settled down after that and allowed only two more hits over his final four innings, including three up-three down through the fourth, fifth and sixth. Turcotte picked up the win in relief by finishing the final three innings, allowing three hits with two walks and two strikeouts.
NMMI benefitted in the bottom of the 10th when an Otero runner left too soon on a sac-fly to right field that may have provided the winning run, but the heads-up Broncos doubled him off of third to end the inning with the rare double play.
On Friday, Parker Bateman faced the minimum number of batters in the opener, allowing three hits and a walk while benefitting from several double plays to keep the Rattlers at bay. Bateman collected six strikeouts and Matthew Marquez (Albuquerque-Atrisco) picked up the win in game two for the Broncos, going the distance while scattering seven hits with one walk and two strikeouts.
With the sweep, the Broncos move to 6-2 on the young season and gave Cook his 100th win as a college head coach, all at NMMI. The program is on an upswing with eight Division-I transfers last year and made the regional playoffs. NMMI will host Garden City for a four-game series this coming weekend in a Friday and Saturday doubleheader starting at noon on both days.