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Broncos drop series opener to Dodge City

Angel Lebron DeJesus throws a picture against Dodge City CC on Friday. Photo by Rene Aguilar.

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Bobby Galindo fields a ground ball and completes the out by stepping on first. Photo by Rene Aguilar.

In a game where the score was inflated by wind-aided long balls, the New Mexico Military Institute Bronco baseball dropped their series opener versus visiting Dodge City Community College, 15-13.

Nine balls breeched the outfield fence in Friday’s single nine-inning game: five by DCCC, four by NMMI.

The Bronco’s homeruns came from four different players: Grady Frost went long with a leadoff dinger in the top of the fifth, followed by a back-to-back solo shot by Paulo Rodriguez; Cedric Reynaud finished up the scoring in NMMI’s four-run fifth with a two-run tag over the right field fence; and Miguel Soto started the bottom of the sixth with another single-run jack.

Will Haywood picks up his only hit of the day in the 6th inning. Photo by Rene Aguilar.

NMMI starting pitcher Parker Bateman went 4.2 innings with no decision, allowing six runs, five earned, off five hits, three walks and five strikeouts.  David Chavez got stuck with the loss on 2.2 innings of work, four runs, three earned, five hits, one walk, and 2Ks.

“It was just an overall bad day to play baseball,” said head Bronco coach Chris Cook. “The wind was blowing out which allowed routine popups to become home runs.”

“We needed this game and tomorrow isn’t going to be a very fun day to play,” continued Cook. “It is going to be a complete ‘Opposite Day’ tomorrow because the wind will blowing in.”

Cedric Reynaud throws to first base to keep a runner honest. Photo by Rene Aguilar.

With the loss, NMMI drops to 10-7 on the season. They’ll square off with Dodge City in a pair of seven innings games on Saturday beginning at noon at the NMMI Ballpark, then finish up the four-game series with a single nine-inning game on Sunday at 12:00 P.M.

Broncos split with Garden City

Angel Colon slides safe into home to tie Game 2 up at 5-5. Colon went 5 for 8 on Saturday and scored every time he got on base. Photo by Rene Aguilar.

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NMMI shortstop Paulo Rodriguez completes the 4-6-3 double play in Game 1. Photo by Rene Aguilar.

The New Mexico Military Institute Bronco baseball team split a pair of home games on Saturday versus Garden City Community College, 4-6 and 9-5.

In Game 1, Garden City started off the first inning with a monstrous two run home run that cleared the score board in right field.

The Broncbusters finished the inning with a 3-2 lead.

NMMI tied the game in the bottom of the fourth thanks to a single by Luiz Rivera Melendez on the first pitch of his at bat.

Ricky Roybal took the loss for the Institute. He gave up five runs, three which were earned and six hits in three innings pitched.

NMMI had seven hits in Game 1. Bobby Galindo went 3-3 and finished with three RBI’s.

Second baseman Tony Galindo makes the throw to first base on a ground out up the middle. Photo by Rene Aguilar.

“Game 1 was just a matter for not getting anything to fall in for a base hit, not getting timely hits, and some poor base running, which normally hasn’t been an issue all year,” said head coach Chris Cook. “GCCC’s a good team – there’s always tough to beat. Their starting pitching was tremendous – very good command. We just didn’t do a good enough job early on of getting into their bullpen. “

In Game 2, NMMI took a late lead and won 9-5 to split the series against Garden City.

”We saw some things this weekend where we did not play as good defensively or run the bases as well and we do usually, but we found a way to battle and split a series,” said Cook.

Despite being down 5-4 heading into the eighth inning, Angel Colon started the rally with a hard hit single to right field.

With the bases loaded, Garden City walked the tying run in to make the score 5-5.

Miguel Soto came in clutch and singled on a line drive to right field to give the Broncos a 7-5 lead.

With two outs, Cook put in pinch hitter Tony Galindo. Galindo did not disappoint, hitting a two run double and extending the Bronco lead 9-5.

NMMI’s Bobby Galindo had a huge offensive series vs. GCCC, hitting .600 (8 for 13) with four doubles, six RBIs and scoring two runs. Photo by Rene Aguilar.

Eric Estrada started the game for the Institute. He allowed five runs on nine hits over five and a half innings of work.

Angel Lebron DeJesus picked up the win for NMMI allowing one hit and no runs through two and two thirds innings.

“He pitched fantastic,” said Cook. “We brought him in to face the three lefties, and he was throwing so well we just let him roll with it until we got the lead, with Zack ready to go against their next two right-handed hitters.

Zack Gonzales came on in the top of the ninth with a three- up, three-down inning to give the Bronco’s the victory.

“Then Zack comes out with a four-run lead and pounds the strike zone against their best hitters and gets them out, 1,2, 3,” continued Cook. “I don’t think we did that the entire series. Nice job on Zack’s part – not a save situation, but still a great performance.”

Zach Gonzalez closed out Game 2 sitting down the top of the Broncbuster lineup in order: 1, 2, 3. Photo by Rene Aguilar.

Colon had a stellar day at the plate going 5 for 8 with three singles, two doubles and five runs scored.

Next weekend NMMI takes on Dodge City Community College Friday at the NMMI Ballpark. First pitch is scheduled for 2:00 PM.

“They are always a tough, physical team,” said Cook.” The series will be Friday, Saturday and Sunday. We found a way to win a series against them last year, but typically it’s a dogfight. They definitely swing the bats and they can pitch.”




Abeyta gives Broncs sixth walk-off of season; NMMI splits with GCCC

Angel Lebron DeJesus throws a pitch in the 5th inning ans picks up the win against Garden City CC. Photo by Rene Aguilar.

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Bobby Galindo picks up 2 RBI’s in the 7th inning of the second game. Photo by Rene Aguilar.

The New Mexico Military Institute Bronco baseball team split a pair of home games on Friday versus Garden City Community College.

NMMI won Game 1 in grand fashion, collecting their sixth walk-off win, 6-5, after a solo-shot over the left-center field fence by sophomore Adam Abeyta, his third dinger of the season.

The Broncos lead early, building a 4-1 lead with single runs in the first and fourth innings, and a pair of runs in the third. But the Broncbusters came back, posting a five-spot in the top of the fifth, thanks in large part to a grand slam by GCCC right fielder Darien Burns.

Angel Colon rounds third base and heads home. Photo by Rene Aguilar.

NMMI plated a tying run in the sixth, held Garden City scoreless in the top of the seventh, before Abeyta’s game winning hit with one out.

NMMI starting pitcher Parker Bateman went 4.2 innings with no decision, allowing 5 hits, 5 runs (all earned), four walks and six strikeouts.

Angel Lebron got credit for the win in relief – his first of the season – with 1 inning pitched, no runs or hits, and 1K.

“It was a well-pitched game by both teams with a few exceptions,” said head NMMI coach Chris Cook. “We hit some hard balls and led early, but we made a mistake to one of their left handed bats and he hit a grand slam to take the lead 5-4. We battled to tie the game with some really good base running by Colon to get to third and score on a sac fly, then Adam Abeyta came up with a huge homerun to win the game .”

Will Haywood makes a play in center field during the second game against Garden City CC. Photo by Rene Aguilar.

In Game 2, Garden City’s bats came alive with 15 hits driving in 10 runs. NMMI managed seven hits but only two runs, those coming in the last inning for the Broncos.

Starting pitcher Matthew Marquez got tagged for the loss; he threw four complete, giving up nine hits and five earned runs, while recording six strikeouts.

Sophomore first baseman Bobby Galindo had a great doubleheader at the plate for NMMI, going 6 for 7 with three doubles, three RBIs, and one run.

Freshmen Cedric Reynaud was 3 for 6 with two runs scored. Derek Santana and Dominic Madrid both hit .1000 (1 for 1) after pinch-hit appearances in Game 2.

“We hit a lot of ground balls and we weren’t able to make anything happen,” explained coach Cook. “They had three big innings, which scored all their runs and we never put up fight offensively until the bottom of the 7th.


With the split, NMMI moves to 9-5 on the season, while GCCC moves to 7-3.

Both teams will square off again tomorrow at the NMMI Ballpark beginning at 12 P.M. with another pair of games to complete a four-game series.

“It is going to be a battle tomorrow,” finished Cook. “I think there will be a lot of runs scored and an overall better day for baseball. At this point, our only goal is to come out and start swinging the bats in game three and try to give us a chance to win a series. “

Broncos complete series sweep vs. Otero

Eric Estrada throws a pitch in the fourth inning of the second game and picks up the win against Otero. Photo by Rene Aguilar

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Angel Colon slides safely into third base in Game 1 of the doubleheader. Photo by Rene Aguilar

The New Mexico Military Institute Bronco baseball team won both games in Sunday’s doubleheader vs. visiting Otero Junior College, completing a four-game weekend series sweep against the Rattlers.

As was the case yesterday, where just three runs decided the difference in two games, both games went down to the wire on Sunday, with NMMI earning walk-off wins in both, 6-5 and 2-1.

Asked about the walk-offs, head Bronco coach Chris Cook replied, “So far it’s been pretty common for us. It’s not good for the heart, but I’m impressed with the fact that we’re pitching well enough to keep the games close, especially in these home games which gives us a chance with the last at-bat.”

David Chavez throws a pitch in the win over Otero. Photo by Rene Aguilar

In Game 1, the Broncos built a four-run lead with a single run in the bottom of the first and three more in bottom of the third.

Otero came back with single runs in each of the next three innings, then went ahead in the top of the seventh with two more runs.

Down by one in the last inning of regulation, NMMI managed to knot things up with a lead-off walk  by Will Haywood. Then after two outs, Jason Herrera singled to left field and Haywood was able to score on an Otero fielding error.

After closer David Chavez shut down the Rattlers in the top of the eighth, NMMI came back in the bottom half with a single run to win. Luis Rivera started things off by being hit by a pitch. With one out,  Adam Abetya launched a double to deep center field for the RBI and walk-off win.

Ricky Roybal throws a pitch in the first game of a doubleheader on Sunday. Photo by Rene Aguilar

NMMI starting pitcher Ricky Roybal went five innings, allowing just two runs, one earned, off two hits and four walks, while striking out four.

Rodriguez and Abeyta both hit .500 (2-for-4) in the game. Abetya had 3 RBIs.

In Game 2, neither team was able to post a run until the Rattlers plated one in the top of the sixth.

NMMI came back with two in the bottom of the seventh for another walk-off win – their third against Otero and fifth of the season.

Miguel Soto successfully tags an Otero player out on second base. Photo by Rene Aguilar

Estevan De La O led off with a triple into right field. Abeyta drove in De La O with a single up the middle. Jason Herrera then walked, Luis Rivera lined out and Bobby Galindo walked to load the bases. Rodriguez then singled through the left side for the walk-off RBI single.

Eric Estrada got the complete game win over seven innings. He allowed just three hits, no walks, one unearned run and struck out five.

Jason Herrera makes a throw to the infield. Photo by Rene Aguilar

Miguel Soto was the only Bronco with multiple hits in Game 2, going 2-for-3 at the plate with a pair of singles.

“You can’t take winning four close games like this for granted,” explained Cook. “It’s not an everyday thing. We’ve got to be happy, even if we didn’t play great at times, but we do have to clean some stuff up, fix some things offensively and get some runs on the board.”

But Cook was definitely pleased with his pitchers’ performance this weekend.

“Everybody pitched well,” said Cook. “I had two guys we’ve got a lot of confidence in who never saw the mound – LeBron and Buffett – because we got quality starts. The innings shrink up when you get those quality starts. They need to be ready for next week, because we’ve got a tough team coming in, Garden City, who always plays super-hard and is well coached.

“All-in-all, I’m very proud that we stayed with it,” finished Cook. “We’ve been able to come back late which has given us a chance to win some games.”

With the win, NMMI moves to 8-4 on the season. They’ll host Garden City Community College in a four-game series next weekend, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 16-17. First games slated to start both days at noon at the NMMI Ballpark.

Broncos sweep Saturday series vs. Otero

Adrian Arpero makes contact against Otero JC in the second game of the weekend series.

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Adam Abeyta slides safely into second base in Game 1.

The NMMI Bronco baseball team (6-4) opened their second consecutive home series Saturday, taking both games in the non-conference double header against Otero Junior College (0-2).

Otero started off the scoring in Game 1, thanks to a triple in the top of the fourth by former Bronco McCoy Pearce, which scored Mark Dominguez and Gaylan Young.

It didn’t take long for NMMI to respond, however, as Grady Frost went deep after a single by Michel Hinojos. The two-run blast over the left-center fence tied the game 2-2.

David Chavez throws a pitch in Game 1 against Otero JC.

The score remained knotted at two past the seven-inning scheduled stop. Neither team could manage any runs in the eighth, with NMMI relief pitcher David Chavez shutting down the Rattler offense in the last two innings.

NMMI got the walk-off win in the bottom of the ninth. Grady Frost led off with a strike out, but was able to reach not only first but second base due to a wild pitch by Otero’s Cody Sasser. Jesse Watson then came in to pinch run. On the next pitch, Watson came in to score on a bunt by Paulo Rodriguez, thanks to a throwing error.

Sophomore pitcher Parker Bateman surrendered just two runs on four hits and one earned run in his no-decision start for the Broncos; Chavez got the win with two complete, allowing just one hit, no walks and four Ks.

Cedric Reynard rounds his way to third base in the second game.

In Game 2 , Otero once again started off the scoring, plating a trio of runs in second inning. The Rattlers led off with a single, followed by a double and a sac fly, then cleared the bases on a two-run dinger by Bryer Rew.

NMMI closed to within one with a pair in the bottom half of the stanza. Luis Rivera led off with a double, Adam Abeyta walked, Gabriel Perez hit into a fielder’s choice putting runners on the corner, Adrian Arpero struck out, then Watson hit a clutch two-out double to score both Rivera and Abeyta.

NMMI took the lead in the bottom of the fifth with a two-out rally. Cedric Reynaud got on via an error then Bobby Galindo doubled, putting runners at second and third for Jason Herrera, who tripled to right-center for a pair of RBIs.

Zack Gonzales earls the close in game two of the doubleheader.

The Broncos added an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth with another two-out rally. Arpero walked, went to third on Watson’s single, then came home on a pickle-play ending with Otero’s pitcher making a throwing error.

Up 5-3 going into the scheduled final top of the seventh, Institute closer Zack Gonzalez got the save with a pair of strikeouts and a pop-up to first.

NMMI G2 starter Matthew Marquez went 4.1 innings with no decision, giving up three runs, all earned, four Ks and five hits.

Reliever Gerry Lerma got the win in 1.2 innings, allowing no hits, and recording one K.

Hererra and Watson led the NMMI offense, both going 2-for-3 at the plate with 2 RBIs each.

“It’s opening day for them and they hit some balls hard, but kind of right at some of our guys,” said head Bronco coach Chris Cook. “We also tracked down some fly balls that would have been difference makers.”

Cook thought that both teams pitched pretty well and was happy with his team’s play on defense, but still wants his offense to improve.

“We’ve got to do a better job of hitting the ball harder, earlier in games, and take what the pitchers are giving us instead of being a little bit too stubborn,” said the coach. “But we pitched well enough to win both games, and found a way to score a few runs late. So far this year, that’s been us. We played solid defensively – made a few minor mistakes – but pitched it well.”

The Rattlers and Broncos will square off again tomorrow in another twin-bill to complete the four-game weekend series; start time for the first game slated for noon at the NMMI Ballpark.