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Bronco bats come alive against Luna CC

Jordan Williams hits a hard ground ball against Luna CC.  He ended up with fours hits in the doubleheader, including a three-run homerun and five RBIs.

Jordan Williams hits a hard ground ball against Luna CC. He ended up with fours hits in the doubleheader, including a three-run homerun and five RBIs.

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Tanner Hightower-Wilson

Luiz Rivera attempts to advance to second base.

Luiz Rivera attempts to advance to second base.

The Broncos started the weekend off right, taking both ends of a Saturday afternoon doubleheader verses Luna Community College, beating the Roughriders 9-3 in the Game 2 and surviving for a 12-10 win in Game 2.

Both Luna and NMMI started off quick in Game 1, scoring two runs in the first inning and then the offensive production came to a halt.

Parker Bateman attempts a pitch in the first game of the doubleheader.

Parker Bateman attempts a pitch in the first game of the doubleheader.

Neither team managed to score again until the fifth inning, when Luna took a one run lead thanks to an Othon De La Cruz single that scored Rafael Marquez. The Broncos stopped the Roughrider rally by turning a double play to gain the momentum and end the inning.

The bottom half of the sixth inning was when the Broncos had an offensive explosion. It all started with double from Bobby Galindo, who eventually scored on a line drive from Kirby Pimentel. Four additional Bronco hits followed as well as 6 more runs, which put the game out of reach.

Onix Vega prepares to throw down to first.

Onix Vega prepares to throw down to first.

On the mound, Parker Bateman pitched six innings and collected his fifth win of the season. He gave up three runs, two which were earned, and five hits, while striking out four. Dustin Renfroe closed out the game allowing no runs or hits.

In Game 2, the Broncos survived a late inning scare from the Roughriders. NMMI was up 10-0 after three innings and watched that lead slowly disappear in the later innings. At the end of the top of the six, Luna was down by just one run, 11-10, capped by a six-run sixth.

Alex Pimentel patiently waits for the perfect pitch to hit.

Alex Pimentel patiently waits for the perfect pitch to hit.

NMMI managed an insurance run in the top of the seventh after Galindo led off with a single and came in to score on a sac bunt by Grady Frost, an ensuing error, and a sac fly to center field by Jordan Williams.

It was not needed however, as Cub Turcotte picked up his second save of the season by setting down Luna without a hit in the top of the ninth.

Matt Marquez was the Game 2 winner – his fifth win of the season. He went five innings allowing eight runs, but only three were earned.

Turcotte finished with the final four innings allowing two runs, both earned, and one strikeout.

In the doubleheader, big bats for the Broncos were Williams – 3-6 with a homerun and five RBIs; Rivera, 4-9 and three RBIs; and Galindo – 5-7 with two RBIs.

“We got both wins, so we’ve got to feel good about that,” said head Bronco coach Chris Cook, but added that they’ve got to find a way shorten games where they are ahead by large margins, like they were in Game 2.

Cook was also pleased with how his team played at the plate. “I like how we swung the bats, especially in Game 2. I really liked our approach against their left-handed pitcher who’s thrown well against some guys.”

With the wins, NMMI moves to 18-16 overall and 5-9 in conference.

The Broncs and Roughriders will play another pair on Sunday, April 2 – first pitch in Game 1 scheduled for 12 p.m.

Broncos Complete Weekend Series Sweep

Zach Gonzales picked up his second win of the season by striking out seven and allowing just one hit in a run-rule shortened complete game shutout. Photo by Laura Brown

Zach Gonzales picked up his second win of the season by striking out seven and allowing just one hit in a run-rule shortened complete game shutout. Photo by Laura Brown

 

Jordan Williams tagged out at the plate after trying to come home on a wild pitch. Photo by Laura Brown

Jordan Williams tagged out at the plate after trying to come home on a wild pitch. Photo by Laura Brown

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.

Catcher Angel Colon gets the out at first after a sacrifice bunt. Photo by Laura Brown

Catcher Angel Colon gets the out at first after a sacrifice bunt. Photo by Laura Brown

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.

Grady Frost slides safe into third after an RBI walk-off triple in Sunday's first game against Hesston. Photo by Laura Brown

Grady Frost slides safe into third after an RBI walk-off triple in Sunday’s first game against Hesston. Photo by Laura Brown

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.

Between innings, NMMI shortstop Kirby Pimentel takes a throw to second by catcher Angel Colon. Photo by Laura Brown

Between innings, NMMI shortstop Kirby Pimentel takes a throw to second by catcher Angel Colon. Photo by Laura Brown

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.

Cook ties win record as Broncos take DH vs. Hesston

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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.

Broncs get two more from DCCC

NMMI’s Jordan Williams dives back to first base just in time on a pick-off move. Photo by Laura Brown

NMMI’s Jordan Williams dives back to first base just in time on a pick-off move. Photo by Laura Brown

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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 catcher Bobby Galindo tags out DCCC’s Talon Schaller after an off-the-wall triple in the first inning of Game 1. Photo by Laura Brown

NMMI catcher Bobby Galindo tags out DCCC’s Talon Schaller after an off-the-wall triple in the first inning of Game 1. Photo by Laura Brown

Broncs come back for Game 1 win vs. Dodge City

Trying to score from second after an 8th inning single into the left-center gap by Luis Rivera, NMMI pinch runner Tony Galindo is tagged out at the plate by DCCC catcher Dauson Tate. Photo by Laura Brown

Trying to score from second after an 8th inning single into the left-center gap by Luis Rivera, NMMI pinch runner Tony Galindo is tagged out at the plate by DCCC catcher Dauson Tate. Photo by Laura Brown

 

McCoy Pearce gets congrats from teammates after his solo shot which tied the game at 6s. Photo by Laura Brown

McCoy Pearce gets congrats from teammates after his solo shot which tied the game at 6s. Photo by Laura Brown

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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.

Luis Rivera fields a high hop at third base for the 5-3 ground out. Photo by Laura Brown

Luis Rivera fields a high hop at third base for the 5-3 ground out. Photo by Laura Brown

“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.

Bobby Galindo's single in the bottom of the ninth which put teammate Jordan Williams at third with no outs. Photo by Laura Brown

Bobby Galindo’s single in the bottom of the ninth which put teammate Jordan Williams at third with no outs. Photo by Laura Brown

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.

Coming in for relief with the bases loaded in the top of the sixth, reliever Jeremy Griffith closed the door with a strikeout. Photo by Laura Brown

Coming in for relief with the bases loaded in the top of the sixth, reliever Jeremy Griffith closed the door with a strikeout. Photo by Laura Brown

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.

The Jordan Williams' catch prior to the throw to the plate which gunned down a DCCC runner at third in the top of the eighth. Photo by Laura Brown

The Jordan Williams’ catch prior to the throw to the plate which gunned down a DCCC runner at third in the top of the eighth. Photo by Laura Brown

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.