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Francis and George combine for 40 in loss to Chaps

NMMI wing Jordan-Reeese George with one of his three three-pointers vs. Midland. Photo by Laura Brown.

NMMI Sports Press

Timely threes by the New Mexico Military Bronco basketball team weren’t quite enough to get the win over conference opponent Midland College, as inside scoring and outstanding rebounding  by Chap center Elijah Lufile helped his team finish with a seven-point win, 64-57.

NMMI’s Isaiah Francis had his second-best point total of the season, dropping in 28, while teammate Jordan-Reese George put forth his best offensive effort with twelve points, including a trio of treys.

Midland’s Lufile, however, had a double-double wrapped up before the end of the first half, and finished with 18 points and 19 rebounds.

In the first half, neither team was able to take more than a two-point lead, until Eman Eman hit a three-pointer in the last 40 seconds to put the Chaps up by four, 29-25.

NMMI had two chances to score before the buzzer, but an in-the-paint shot Zeontay Anthony rattled around the rim before bouncing back out. He got his own rebound and was fouled before going back up for a shot. On the ensuing inbound play – with just 1.4 seconds left, Cyriaque Foucart missed a three from the corner while being well-guarded by the Chap defense.

Midland built an eight-point lead in the first five minutes of the second half, 38-30.

The Institute battled back, creating the ninth tie of the game, 43-43, after a three-pointer by the game’s top scorer, Isaiah Francis, with 10:11 left on the clock.

NMMI briefly led twice by two in the period: once immediately after Francis’ three, with Foucart getting an easy lay-in off an assist by Keith Deloatch; and again at the 7:25 mark, 48-46, after a ‘stop-and-pop’ shot by Francis.

But Midland again surged out in front, and held another eight-point margin, 58-50, with just 3:38 left to play.

Francis scored seven points over the next two minutes, making it a three-point game, 60-57, with 1:34 remaining, but a Chap three and single free throw were the final points scored in the contest.

After Francis and George, NMMI’s next highest scorer was Jermane Carter, who fouled out late the second half with seven points and six rebounds. Anthony Mensah posted up for six Bronco points, while bringing down 10 boards.

The loss drops NMMI to 7-19 overall and 2-11 in conference, with three games left in the regular season. They’ll face both Frank Phillips and Howard College on the road (Feb. 18 and Feb. 21) before finishing up at home against Western Texas College on Feb. 28. Tip-off for that final game is scheduled for 6:00 PM in the Cahoon Armory gymnasium.

Broncos brave cold for pair of wins against Greyhounds

Gabriel Perez Torres collects one of his two triples on the day. Perez Torres went 3-for-5 at the plate during the double header on Friday.

NMMI Sports Press

On a cold and windy Friday afternoon the New Mexico Military Institute Bronco baseball team defeated the Eastern New Mexico University Greyhound JV team 12-5 and 20-1 in a double header at the NMMI Ballpark.

In Game 1, the Greyhounds put the first runs on the board, scoring a pair in the top of the first.

The Broncos answered back from their rocky start on the mound, plating three of their own runs in the bottom half of the stanza, giving them a 3-2 lead after one inning.

The big inning for the Broncos was the fourth where they scored five of the nine runs in the remainder of the game.

The Game 1 victory went to Rafael Perez Guzman who gave up no hits in four innings of relief while striking out seven Greyhounds. The save was credited to Jake Rutten who gave up one run in three innings of relieve with three strikeouts.

In Game 2, NMMI pitching was rock-solid, holding the Greyhounds to just four hits and one run in five innings of play.

NMMI tallied 12 of their runs in a huge second inning, with Bronco bats combining five walks with five hits, including an RBI triple by Brandon Evans.

Starting pitcher Gerry Lerma, Jr. earned the win in the second game, hurling the first three innings while striking out six and allowing two hits.

Gabriel Perez Torres had a big doubleheader at the plate for the Broncos with two triples in the two game span, going 3-for-5 at the plate with three RBIs and three runs scored.

“We were a little sloppy in Game 1,” said Head Bronco baseball coach Chris Cook. “We did what we needed to do and scored more runs than they did. Game 2 we did a lot better at throwing strikes and making their hitters put the ball in play.”

The Broncos will play another double header against ENMU JV tomorrow starting at 12 PM.

Broncos fall to Odessa in conference play

NMMI’s Jermane Carter with the dunk in the second half of play against Odessa. Carter 17 points and led the Broncos with seven rebounds. Photo courtesy of Shutternut.

NMMI Sports Press

The New Mexico Military Institute Bronco basketball team fell to conference foe Odessa College 82-71 in the Cahoon Armory Gym on Thursday night.

The first half was a back and forth battle between both teams. The largest lead was by NMMI with a 6 point lead at the 10:33 mark in the first half. Odessa came back and took a four point lead with under a minute to go, but the Broncos went on a 5-0 run to end the half up 39-38.

In the second half Odessa took control out of the gate going on a 18-5 run through the first eight minutes of play. After the early run NMMI out played the Wranglers, but could not overcome the early deficit.

“We had about a four minute spurt where we kind of quit playing and they got up on us,” said head Bronco basketball coach Sean Schooley. “But what I liked about this game is that we battled back. We didn’t quit playing and gave ourselves a chance to stay in the game.”

Isaiah Francis led the Broncos with 26 points on the night. He added four rebounds and two steals. Jermane Carter had 17 points along with seven rebounds, three blocks, and a steal. Anthony Mensah collected 13 points.

The Bronco’s next game will be at South Plains College on February 11. Tip-off is scheduled for 6:30 CST.

Sunday sweep for Bronco baseball vs. Otero

Jake Guerrero tosses in relief in Game 2 of a double header played at NMMI Ballpark. Guerrero faced three batters striking out all three of them. Photo courtesy of Shutternut.

NMMI Sports Press

The New Mexico Military Institute Bronco baseball team moved to 3-1 on the season, sweeping a pair of one-run games in Day 2 of a four-game weekend series vs. visiting Otero Junior College: 3-2 and 6-1.

NMMI had to make the comeback in the first game on Sunday, as the Rattlers plated two in the top of the second thanks to a lead-off walk, two singles and a double.

Otero starting pitcher Edwing Corrales silenced the NMMI bats during his four complete innings, allowing just one hit and two walks.

But in the bottom of the fifth, the Broncos drove in three to take the lead. Johnnie Nemecek started the rally, taking first with one out after being hit by a pitch. Miguel Soto drew a walk. Gavy Perez hit a single into shallow center to load the bases. Cedric Reynaud, the hero of yesterday’s Game 1 with the walk-off double, hit a clutch single to drive in Nemecek. JoJo Escarcega got a base on balls, tying up the contest, 2-2, and picking up his first RBI of the season. Dylan DiLorenzo came in to pinch hit and put NMMI out on front with what would become the winning run, drawing another walk with bases loaded.

Three pitchers combined for the seven innings of play. Starter Julian Galindo went four, allowing two earned runs off six hits and a trio of walks, along with three strikeouts. Eric Estrada threw two scoreless  innings in relief, giving up two hits while collecting four Ks. Jadon Archuleta needed just 10 pitches to sit down Otero in order during their final at-bat, picking up NMMI’s first save of the season.

Game two was another low-scoring defensive battle, but NMMI jumped out in front with two runs in their first at bat. Nemecek again was the initial catalyst, leading off with an opposite field triple down the right-field line. Julian Galindo then hit an RBI single up the middle and after swiping second, came around to score on a single to left by Perez.

Neither team plated a run until the Rattlers finally got on the scoreboard with a single run in the top of the fifth.

The Institute pulled away in the last two innings, tallying half of their 10 hits in the game during that stint, and posting a single spot in the bottom of the seventh and three more in the bottom of the eighth.

The Broncos’ run in the seventh was scoring by Nicholas Palomino, who led off with a double came in on a Perez single to right.

In the eighth, Jadon Hutchins led off with a walk. Isaac Alcantara then doubled; Hutchins scored on a ground out by Paulo Rodriguez and Rudy Solis was hit by pitch. Palomino then doubled to right plating Alcantara, with Solis finally touching home plate on a ground out by Henry Paulino.

Five pitchers toed the rubber for NMMI in the second game, with the four relievers combining for a no-hit performance during last 4.1 innings of play. Starter Gerry Lerma, Jr. went 4.2 innings, allowing five hits and one run with two walks and three Ks. Estevan De La O threw one pitch and got one out to help NMMI retain their slim lead through the top of the fifth. Alan Aguero pitched the next two innings and had one strikeout; Jake Guerrero completed the eighth by striking out all three Rattler batters; and Alex Bustamante collected two strikeouts as the Institute closer.

Three players hit .500 or better during the two games on Saturday. Alcantara was a perfect 2-for-2 with two doubles and a run scored; Nemecek was 4-for-8 with a triple and two runs; and Perez went 2-for-4 with a pair doubles, an RBI, and a run.

“We got a little bit better offensively today,” said Bronco head coach Chris Cook. “But the story of the weekend goes to the bullpens. Our bullpen held serve –we pitched 15 and a third innings and gave up just one total run, earned or unearned. Their starters pitched late into the game, but their bullpen gave up a few extra runs.”

The Broncos will be back in action next weekend, taking on Eastern New Mexico University’s JV team on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 8-9. The first game on both days is slated for a high noon start at the NMMI Ballpark.

Broncos win season opener with walk-off double

The Bronco baseball team won their first game of the season in grand fashion, taking down the Rattlers 4-3 in extra innings with a walk-off double by Cedric Reynaud. Reynaud’s hit came in the bottom of the ninth of a game originally scheduled for seven innings. Photos courtesy of Shutternut.

NMMI Sports Press

The New Mexico Military Institute Bronco baseball team won their first game of the season in grand fashion, taking down the visiting Otero Junior College Rattlers 4-3 in extended play.

With no outs in the bottom of the ninth in a game originally scheduled for seven innings, veteran sophomore catch Cedric Reynaud took a 2-0 pitch deep to centerfield, doubling in freshman Dylan DiLorenzo from second base for the winning run. DiLorenzo started the inning with a pinch-hit single up the middle. He then advanced to second after an Otero throwing error on a pick-off play.

The Rattlers scored the first runs in the contest, going up 2-0 in the top of the second with a pair of walks, a double and a single.

NMMI tied it up in the bottom of the fourth. Lead-off batter Johnnie Nemecek got a Texas-league single to shallow left-center. Julian Galindo followed with a single to left. After a fly out, both runners advanced a base on a wild pitch. Miguel Soto got NMMI’s first RBI of 2019 with a ground out to third, and Henry Paulino singled past third to drive in another run.

And 2-2 is where the score stayed until extra innings, Otero breaking up the tie with a single spot in the top of the eighth. The Rattlers had a chance to win it after Soto hit a ground ball to shortstop with two outs and one on, but a throwing error saw him safe and also allowed Nemecek, who had stolen second base after a walk to start the inning, to score. NMMI was unable to plate another run, and the game proceeded, tied at 3s, to the ninth.

Jadon Archuleta came in for relief and sat OJC down in order in the top half of the stanza, before the bats of DiLorenzo and Reynaud combined for aforementioned winning run.

NMMI collected eight hit in the home opener, scattered through eight Bronco players. Paulino had the Broncos’ only other RBI.

Three pitchers took the mound for NMMI. Starter Adrian Arpero threw four complete with six Ks, three walks, three hits and two runs, both earned. David Chavez also went four as first relief, allowing just one earned run while striking-out seven. Archuleta’s single-inning, minimum-batters-faced performance earned the win – he had one strikeout.

In game two, OJC started the scoring with a two run home run to go up 2-0 in the first inning.

NMMI answered back in the bottom half of the inning with a run of their own. Nemecek reached base on a single, stole second, and advanced on a wild pitch to go to third. Gabriel Perez Torres would score Nemecek on a single to bring back NMMI within one.

OJC scored two runs in the top of the second, and another in the fourth to widen their lead, 5-1.

The Broncos’ final two runs of the ballgame came in the bottom of the fourth. Perez Torres reached on a single, stole second, advanced to third on a wild pitch, then scored on a double down the left field line by Blaze Tenorio. Tenorio also advanced to third on a wild pitch before scoring on a throwing error by the Rattler catcher

NMMI had just one hit in the final three innings, unable to plate the runs to force a tie and get the shot at the walk-off heroics of the season opener.

The Broncos used two pitcher in Game 2. NMMI starter Tyler Hardwick threw four innings collecting two strikeouts and surrendering five hits. Jose Cabanillas did not allow a single hit in his three innings of relief, striking out four Rattlers during that span.

”Their starters kept us off balance during both games,” said Head Bronco baseball coach Chris Cook. “We were not aggressive in certain situations at the plate to capitalize when we needed too. We pitched great today just a couple of mistakes in Game 2 that they took advantage of and that was the difference.”

The Broncos will finish the series against Otero Junior College tomorrow with a double header starting at 12:00 PM at the NMMI Ballpark.