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NMMI Sports Press
It was two completely different 18-hole rounds at the inaugural Sonny Wiginton Intercollegiate Golf Tournament, held at the New Mexico Military Institute Golf Course on Sunday, Mar. 5th. The winds picked up dramatically for the second half of the 36-hole, 1-day competition, sending most scores, including the host team NMMI Broncos’, into the stratosphere.
“After the first 18, there were four teams tied at 284 and we were four shots back at 288,” explained head Bronco golf coach Andy Robertson. “Our second round came in at 304. We didn’t get it done, we needed one more good score and ended up finishing fifth. I thought the winds would be in our favor, but it ended up hurting the home team; why I don’t know,” continued coach.
Although disappointed with the afternoon team tally, coach Robertson was pleased with the performance of Peter Choi. Choi shot two-over par to finish in a three-way tie for seventh place in the individual portion of the tournament.
As a team going into the tournament on Sunday, NMMI was listed as 17th in the nation, but coach Robertson doesn’t think they’ll drop down in the rankings, since two of the teams ahead of NMMI were four-year schools, and because they finished ahead of ninth-ranked New Mexico Junior College.
Regardless of the new rankings, Robertson wants his team to focus on the next few weeks, which includes a tournament during NMMI’s scheduled Spring Break. “The next two weeks we have conference venues and hopefully we’ll get back to the 288 scores and do a little better,” he said.
Team Results: 1st, Midland College, 284-284—568; 2nd, Western New Mexico University, 284-287—571; 3rd, McLennan Community College, 284-291—575; 4th, Colorado School of Mines, 284-298—582; 5th, New Mexico Military Institute, 288-304—592; 6th, New Mexico Junior College, 296-302—598; 7th, Garden City Community College, 298-304—602.
NMMI Individual Results: T7, Peter Choi, 70-72—142; 26 T26, Lucas Bohannon, 74-75—149; T26, Paul Choi, 73-76—149; T32, Paul Montoya, 71-82—153; T 38, Arturo Quintero, 74-81—155; DNF, Deric Loving, 76-WD.
The NMMI Bronco baseball team ran its record to 13-7 after sweeping the Hesston College Larks in a Sunday afternoon doubleheader, taking game one 10-0 and battling out a back and forth nine-inning affair 13-9.
Zach Gonzales took the mound in the opener in dominating fashion as he only faced one batter more than the minimum over the six innings. Gonzales only allowed a double to the second batter he faced and then proceed to mow down the Larks’ anemic offense. He finished with seven strikeouts and walked no one.
The Bronco offense tallied a run in the first off of a double by Luis Rivera, moved over to third on a groundout and scored on a passed ball by the Hesston catcher. That was all the cushion Gonzales needed but NMMI tacked on another two in the third stanza when Rivera again doubled and scored on Jordan Williams RBI single. Williams moved to second on McCoy Pearce’s infield single and scored on Kirby Pimentel’s single to put the Broncos up 3-0 after three.
In the fourth, the Broncos’ bats exploded with a 6-run inning when they sent eleven batters to the plate. Jairus Hampton started things off with a single, moved to second on a wild pitch, stole third and came home on Rivera’s third hit of the game. Bobby Galindo followed with a single and teamed with Rivera for a double steal putting runners at second and third for Pearce who delivered with a 2-RBI single. Pimentel knocked in Pearce with a RBI-double, effectively knocking the Lark starter out of the game.
Cub Turcotte kept the hit parade going against the fresh pitcher, plating Pimentel with a single. Turcotte would later score on a two-base throwing error by the Hesston third-baseman off of Artesia alum Grady Frost’s grounder, increasing the Bronco lead to 9-0 after the fourth.
The Broncos would wrap up the 10-run rule in the 6th inning when Turcotte got on base by being hit by a pitch and then scored on Frost’s walk-off triple.
Rivera led the way with three hits in the game, while Pearce, Pimentel, and Turcotte all had two hits apiece.
Game two saw the Hesston bats come alive as they matched their run output for the first three games in just the first three innings. The Larks put up a run in the 2nd only to have the Broncos answer with two runs in their bottom half. Hesston tied it up in the top of the third 2-2 only to have Dustin Renfroe double in the bottom of the inning and get knocked in by Frost for NMMI to regain the lead at 3-2.
Undaunted, the Larks would put together their best inning of the weekend and tally three runs to take a 5-3 lead where things would remain until the Broncos would come up with a crooked number in the sixth with three runs and then top that with a better seven inning with five more runs.
In that game changing sixth, Frost lead off with a walk, Taos alum Adam Abeyta followed with a double and both were scored on a bases-clearing triple by Jose Velasco. Gadsden grad Jacob Hernandez would plate Velasco with a sac-fly to centerfield to give the Broncos a 6-5 lead. Hesston would answer back in the 7th with a couple more runs to retake the lead at 7-6.
NMMI wasn’t about to let the series sweep get away as Renfroe led off the bottom of the seventh with a triple to the right-field corner, then after a walk to Michael Salcedo and Frost getting plunked for the second time in the game, Abeyta came up big with a bases-clearing triple to give the Broncos a lead they would not relinquish. Velasco followed with a RBI single plating Abeyta. Tony Galindo coaxed a walk but Abeyta got picked off of second base. Hernandez then walked to set up Angel Colon with a runner in scoring position. He answered the call with a RBI-single scoring Galindo to put the Broncos up 11-7.
The Institute added two more runs in the eighth when Renfroe again led off with a single, Salcedo followed with a double and both scored on Abeyta’s double, which gave him his fourth and fifth RBIs of the game.
Hesston would scratch out another run in the top of the ninth when Turcotte came on in relief. The red-shirt freshman recorded backward Ks on the first two Lark batters, then lost command giving up a pair of walks and then an RBI single to round out the scoring at 13-9.
Goddard alum Ricky Roybal would pick up the win with his relief appearance over the 7th and 8th innings, giving up just one unearned run and a pair of hits.
The weekend sweep moves the Broncos’ record to 13-7 on the year as they move into their conference portion of the schedule with a weekend home series vs. El Paso CC, doubleheaders on both Friday and Saturday, beginning at 3 pm and 12 pm, respectively.
The NMMI Bronco baseball team rode their starting pitcher’s back to back complete game performances to sweep the Hesston College Larks out of Hesston, Kansas in Saturday’s doubleheader by the tune of 6-1 and 9-1.
First game starter Parker Bateman went the full seven innings allowing the one earned run on 5 hits while striking out 7 Lark batters and surrendering but two bases on balls with both in the same inning. The only time Bateman faced a man in scoring position was in the top of the 7th inning when he allowed a lead-off triple and then gave up an RBI single two batters later.
Bateman was supported from his offensive teammates led by 3-4 performances by Onix Vega and McCoy Pearce. Vega had a triple and two runs scored while Pearce hit his first homer of the day leading off the 4th inning and later in the 6th had an RBI single to knock in Vega with the last run of the game for the Broncos.
Angel Colon contributed a multi-hit game with a 2-4 performance with a triple to get things going in the 6th when NMMI scored three runs to seal the game. Bobby Galindo scored a run and had a 6th inning RBI while Luis Rivera had the other RBI for the Broncos in the 6th inning. Jordan Williams plated Vega after his triple with an RBI single in the 5th inning.
The second game was supposed to be a 9-inning affair but the Broncos were able to get a shortened win with the 8-run cushion after 7 rule. Once again they relied on their starting pitcher to go the distance as Matthew Marquez scattered six hits, struck out five Larks and only had one walk. Marquez only gave up a run when he gave up back to back extra base hits to lead off the 3rd inning with a double and triple. He calmed down after that and only gave up two hits the rest of the way.
At the plate, the Broncos came up with 11 hits as a team as they felt a power surge with two homers, a triple and two doubles. Leading the charge with multi-hit games were Colon, Rivera, Pearce and Cub Turcotte, all with two apiece. NMMI did all of their damage in the 2nd and in the 6th innings with all of their runs being scored in just the two rallies.
Pearce once again went deep with a lead-off homer in the 2nd inning that sparked the Broncos to a 5-run inning that they used to cruise to the victory. Colon added a dinger in the 6th inning in the big 4-run frenzy to sew the game up. Pearce had three RBI’s on the contest while Colon added two. Rivera, Galindo, Turcotte and Jesse Watson knocked in a run each. Colon also had a double as did Turcotte and Rivera sped to a triple in the 6th inning.
Broncos improved to 11-7 with the two wins while Hesston fell to 8-14 on the year. NMMI and Hesston will be back in action again with a Sunday doubleheader on slate for a noon start. With the wins, head coach Chris Cook became the co-leader in career victories at NMMI, picking up his 105th win in the second game.
The New Mexico Military Institute Bronco golf team will be hosting the first annual Sonny Wiginton Intercollegiate Golf Tournament on Sunday, March 5 on their newly renovated home course with a 36-hole match teeing off with a shotgun start at 8:15 am. The course has been lengthened to over 7000 yards by extending ten tee-boxes and changing the course to a par-70. Holes 1 and 18 have been changed to par-4s. These changes will bring back the original course design to counter today’s big hitters and bring back into play the tree lines. The course won’t be as wide open as in the past and will require golfers to place a premium of keeping it in play more.
“Wiggs” as he was affectionately called by his friends and fellow colleagues led the NMMI Bronco golf program from 1989 until his retirement in 2002. In that time Coach Wiginton produced 13 NJCAA All-Americans and took 15 teams to the national championships. About half or so of the thirteen went on to become pro golfers including Norahito Sato, 90 All-American that played in the Masters and four times in the British Open. Gary Orr, 87 All-American played in the British Open several times with a best 41st place finish in 2000 and in the US Open with a 74th placing in 2001. Michael Krantz, 83 All-American also played in the Open and David Tasker went on to Texas A&M and is a professional golfer. With the program accomplishments, current Bronco golf coach Andy Robertson has recently nominated “Wiggs” for the NJCAA Hall of Fame posthumously as Sonny passed back in January 2015.
NMMI will be hosting six teams including conference foes NMJC, Midland and McLennan as well as Western New Mexico, Colorado School of Mines and Garden City out of Kansas. Several of these coaches competed against Coach Wiginton in the past and Coach Robertson added “these guys will be delighted that the tournament has been named in honor of their old friend. It will also give us a chance to see where we stand with some of our conference opponents. We play in the toughest conference in the country. It will usually produce the national champion about seven out of ten times. They take the top four teams from the conference and Midland, Odessa and NMJC are pretty solid so we are going to have to battle with McLennan, West Texas and Ranger for that last spot. We have beaten them this year but they have also beaten us so it going to be a real go-getter this season”.
Leading the Broncos are sophomores Paul Montoya, team captain from Rio Rancho, Lucas Bohannon from Albuquerque and the South African twins Peter and Paul Choi. Rounding out the squad that will be counted on for scoring will be Arturo Quintero of Venezuela whose game has improved ten-fold from last semester. Robertson mused on Quintero, “he would stay and work for so long that they almost had to call the NMMI police to get him off the driving range. His hard work and dedication has paid off as he was our top scorer at our last tournament in El Paso where we finished second. In the first semester his game just was not very good and really didn’t compete at all. Those are the kind of things coaches love to see, to see kids from out of nowhere and do well and stick with it. With him staying late and putting in the work has really turned things around for him.”
Playing as individuals for the Broncos will also be local Goddard grad Deric Loving and Alamogordo grad Edward Schlenshig.
Coach Wiginton also coached Bronco football as the offensive coordinator under Dwight Burns and Lefty Stecklein in the 1990’s when the program was revived at NMMI starting in 1992.
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).