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Broncs take three from Bulldogs

Julian Galindo gets the celebratory helmet bump at home plate from teammate Michel Hinojos, after a two-run dinger in Game 3 vs. Clarendon.

NMMI Sports Press

NMMI was 180 feet away from completing the series sweep against conference foe Clarendon, but dropped the nightcap of Sunday’s doubleheader to the Bulldogs.

The Broncs had to come back for the win in the opener. After trailing 9-1 going into the bottom of the fifth, NMMI plated a pair of runs off a 2-run homer by Julian Galindo to make it 9-3.
A huge six-run seventh paved the way to an 11-10 walk-off win. Paulo Rodriguez blasted a three-run shot over the batter’s eye in right center to tie the game at 10s.
Then, in extra innings, in the bottom of the eighth, Gavy Perez Torrez got his second game-winning RBI of the series, bringing home Dylan DiLorenzo. DiLorenzo had previously had a pinch hit single and was atop second after a walk given up to Michel Hinojos.
In Sunday’s second game, NMMI’s six-spot came during their very first at-bat, giving them an early lead, which they held until the top of the seventh. The Broncos had three doubles, three singles and a pair of walks during the initial rally.
Clarendon slowly but steadily worked their way back into the ballgame with two runs in the top of the second, three in the top of the third, one in the top of the sixth, and then two in the top of the seventh to take an 8-7 lead, their first of the game.
In the bottom half of the stanza, NMMI had their chances to tie or even win it with another walk-off. DiLorenzo came in clutch again with another pinch hit single with one on and one out, and Perez Torrez singled to load up the sacks.
But the next two NMMI hitters couldn’t punch a run in; a strikeout and ground out to short ended the game in favor of the opposition, 8-7.
NMMI took three out of four games against the Bulldogs during the weekend series, as the Broncos bested Clarendon in both contests on Saturday, 6-5 and 2-1.
The Broncos currently have a 24-28 overall record and are 11-21 in the WJCAC. They have one more four-game conference series left in the regular season, against New Mexico Junior College next weekend.
The first two games will be played here at the NMMI Ballpark on Friday, May 3, with first pitch scheduled for 12 P.M. This will also be Sophomore Appreciation Day, with a short ceremony prior to the DH start.
The second two games will be played on Saturday at NMJC’s home field in Hobbs, NM, with the same 12 P.M. expected start time.

Hardwick throws shutout, Broncs go 1-3 against Odessa

Tyler Hardwick with the complete game shutout as NMMI pulls Game 4 from Odessa, 8-0. The Broncos lost the Day 2 opener, 4-3.

NMMI Sports Press

The New Mexico Military Institute Bronco baseball team split Saturday’s doubleheader vs. conference opponent Odessa College, to go 1-3 against the WJCAC’s top-ranked Wranglers during a two-day, four-game series at the NMMI Ballpark.

After dropping both games on Friday, 9-2 and 11-3, NMMI’s pitching and defense found a way to slow down the hot bats of Odessa on Day 2.

They lost a close 4-3 contest in Saturday’s opener, then saw their own offense get hot, pounding Wrangler pitching for nine hits and eight runs to win the nightcap, 8-0.

Starting pitcher Tyler Hardwick got the complete-game shutout win for the Institute, earning his fourth ‘W’ of the season, tallying six strikeouts over seven innings in Game 4.

“We pitched it well enough to win both games today,” said head Bronco coach Chris Cook.

“Odessa is hitting over .400 as a team. And [Jadon] Archuleta didn’t pitch a perfect game, but he pitched well enough to eliminate the damage,” explained coach Cook about NMMI’s Game 3 starter. “They didn’t score more than one run in any inning.”

Archuleta went five innings on the mound, giving up five hits and three runs – two of which were earned – with one strike out and one walk.

“Hardwick gave up just four hits, two of which were big-hop singles,” said Cook. “So he pitched a heck of a game, against one of the best offensive teams in the country.”

“All-in-all, outside of one or two innings, I thought we pitched extremely well this weekend,” continued Cook. “But on the flip side, they did the same back to us. We just didn’t get as many two-out or two-strike hits as they did, especially with runners in scoring position. So they were able to take three of the four games.”

Cook was also pleased with how his team battled at the plate. “We didn’t have a ton of hits this weekend, but he had some guys have some quality at-bats that hadn’t been getting a lot of reps. We’re dinged up quite a bit offensively, so we’ve got a lot of new bodies in the lineup, moving guys around.

“Horn is just a hitter,” continued Cook about his freshman outfielder who went 3-for-9 this weekend with four RBIs, including a solo homerun in Game 3.

Sophomore DH JoJo Escarsega hit .600, 3-for-5 at the plate with a double; and sophomore first baseman Michel Hinojos also had a trio of hits (3-for-7) with two runs and an RBI.

“I’m hoping that the Game 4 win helps us get some momentum as we go into another home series against Frank Phillips next week,” finished Cook. “Hopefully we can build from there and keep playing better as the season moves towards its end.”

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.

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.