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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.

Ten Bronco baseball players garner national press

NMMI Sports Press – Jan. 24, 2019

Four former and five current New Mexico Military Institute baseball players earned national ink in the Jan. 4 2019 edition of the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper, a bi-monthly publication that has been heralding the accomplishments of amateur baseball players for over 40 years.

In their pre-season edition – which can be found online at baseballnews.com – CBN printed several articles listing players to look out for during the quickly approaching 2019 spring campaign.

Former Bronco right-handed pitcher Chris Suarez (NMMI 2016) garnered mention in the “Other Top Players to Watch” category in the Southwestern Athletic Conference. Suarez finished the 2018 season with 2-1 record, 5 saves, 2.93 ERA, 18 K, and 13 BB for NCAA D1 Texas Southern University.

Infielder Alex Pimentel played in all but two of NMMI’s games during the 2017 season posting a .338 batting average before moving on to play at NCAA D2 Southwestern Oklahoma University. “Kirby” was selected by CBN as a 2019 Central Region pre-season All American. Last season as a Bulldog, Pimentel earned All-American honors from the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association and was tapped as the “Division II Player of the Year” for the All-OklahomaSports.net squad.

Big-hitting first baseman Bobby Galindo had 40 RBIs and a .427 batting average for NMMI last season, then signed on to continue play at West Texas A&M University (NCAA II). Bobby was listed by CBN as a top newcomer for the pre-season #18 nationally ranked Buffalo baseball program.

Middle infielder Adam Abeyta boasted a .908 fielding percentage last season for the Broncos, while hitting over 300 at the plate with a .681 slugging percentage. Abeyta has signed to play for Antelope Valley University, an NAIA school in Lancaster, California. Abeyta was selected by CBN as a top newcomer for the pre-season #7 nationally ranked Marauder baseball program.

Adrian Arpero made CBN’s 2019 Junior College Players to Watch list as a right-handed pitcher. Arpero played in 28 games for the Broncos last season, including six appearances in the mound as a reliever, averaging 10.8 strike-outs per nine innings. The El Paso, Texas native played his prep ball at Americas High School.

Incoming freshman Tyler Hardwick was also named as a right-handed pitcher on CBN’s juco Players to Watch list. Hardwick compiled as impressive 1.64 ERA an 8-2 record for Goddard High School last season, helping the Rockets reach the NMAA’s Class 5A State Championship game.

Another El Paso native, Miguel Soto played as a prep for Montwood High. Soto displayed both prowess at the plate and grace in the field, hitting .340 last season as freshman for NMMI with 6 home runs, 49 RBIs, and an extremely solid .956 fielding percentage. Miguel earned juco Players to Watch honors as a second baseman.

More local talent comes to the NMMI team from Gabriel Perez Torres. Perez played as a prep for the Roswell High Coyotes. As a frosh for the Broncos, ‘Gabby’ played in 26 games with a .310 batting average and .429 slugging percentage. He made CBN’s juco Players to Watch team as an outfielder.

The final Bronco player named to the CBN juco squad was Henry Paulino. Although only a freshman, coaches expect Paulino to be a big part of the NMMI outfield this upcoming season. Henry played his high-school ball at Dwight Morrow HS in Englewood, New Jersey.

In addition to those nine, NMMI just recently had another former player, Andrew Spinnenweber, a senior at the United States Merchant Marine Academy, selected as an NCAA III Pre-Season 2nd Team All American by D3baseball.com. “Spin” earned a 3rd Team All American nod in his 2018 junior season on the mound, after collecting 99 strikeouts in ten starts for the Mariners, along with seven wins and a 1.73 ERA.

“I’m extremely happy that these 10 players have received recognition prior to their respective seasons,” said head Bronco baseball coach Chris Cook. “It could shape up to be a significant year for Bronco alumni and current players, and that hopefully tells people how far this program has come over the past 6 and a half years. We as coaches at the Institute have had the wonderful opportunity to coach unbelievable kids that work extremely hard and enjoy the game of baseball. I can’t wait to get our season started and I wish all of our former players the best as they get ready to start their respective seasons across the country!”

Seven sophs sign before season start

Bronco baseball signees. Left to right: Cedric Reynaud, Eric Estrada, Miguel Soto, Adrian Arpero, Gerry Lerma, Gabriel Perez Torres, and Rafael Perez Guzman.


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The season opener is still almost two months away, but seven Bronco baseball players have already signed to move up to four-year colleges.

“I think we’re up to 20 sophomores (on the team) and these seven guys have had opportunities to present themselves,” said coach Chris Cook. “They felt really good about their offers and have decided to make their commitments.”

Those seven (in order of signing) include Adrian Arpero, Rafael Perez Guzman, Gerry Lerma, Gabriel Perez Torres, Eric Estrada, Miguel Soto and Cedric Renaud. They’ve signed with D-I and D-II schools all across the country, and several will be joining former teammates.

El Paso’s Arpero is headed to Jackson State University in Jackson, Miss., a D-I school in the Southwestern Athletic Conference.

“They (the Tiger Coaches) saw him throw in the All-Star game this fall,” Cook said of the pitcher from El Paso.

“It was a good choice. The school is pretty good and the offer was good,” Arpero said.

Rafael Perez Guzman, a Venezuelan native, picked D-I Bethune Christian University in Daytona Beach, Fla.

“He did a heck of a job recruiting himself,” Cook said. “I think he got that process started with an email.”

Perez said he picked the Wildcats because it’s close to where his family is now living in Florida.

“I’m looking forward to seeing my mom in the stands,” the pitcher said.

Both Lerma, from Sahuarita, Ariz., and Roswell High’s Perez picked D-II powerhouse Lubbock Christian University.

“We haven’t had anybody sign there since I’ve been here,” Cook said. “I think it was a combination of seeing them play in Albuquerque and Tucson, and talking to (NMMI) coach (Jermaine) Van Buren and his connection with coaches on that staff. So that’s a heck of an opportunity for those two guys.”

“It gave me good options in baseball and it’s a great DII school,” said Perez, a shortstop who added that he’ll play any position he’s needed.

“I chose Lubbock Christian because it’s just a great program overall,” Lerma, a right-handed pitcher, agreed.

Estrada and Soto, both from El Paso and both former Montwood High players, will be joining former Bronco Kirby Pimental at DII Southwestern Oklahoma State University.

“They both just kind of felt it was a perfect fit,” Cook said, and the pair agreed.

“I thought it was the best program to let me follow my dreams,” pitcher Estrada said.

“It was the best choice for me and my family,” second-baseman Soto said.

The most recent signee is Cedric Reynaud, who’ll be heading north to Alamosa, Colo., where he’ll join former Dexter and NMMI pitcher Dominic Lomeli at D-II Adams State University.

“He’s fired up about that,” Cook said. “I know they need a catcher and he should walk in and get a chance to earn a lot of playing time.”

“It’s very exciting,” the Centennial High, Las Cruces, grad said of playing with his former teammate. “I’m looking forward to it. He’s looking forward to it. He’s been telling me a little bit about the program and I’m just excited to be a part of it.”

And while the future is already looking good for the septet, there’s still another NMMI season to go, and everyone agrees it should be a good season.

“I really like our team,” Soto, who will study criminal justice, said. “We have a lot of good guys who take it very seriously and are going to grind every day. We’re going to be really good this year.”

“This season is going to fly by but we’ve got to enjoy every second of it,” Reynaud, who’s got both liberal arts and criminal justice on the radar, said. “I love these guys to death but we’ve got to get to work. Every single game we’ve got to be locked in – our main goal is to make the regionals and beyond.”

“I’m very excited, Gabe Perez, another criminal justice major, said. “I’m sure we’re going to get a lot of wins this year. We’ve got a lot of potential.”

“I think we’re strong,” Rafael Perez, who’ll study business while keeping an eye on the MLB draft, said. “We’re like a family this year. We have a really good pitching staff and we’re working on our hitting.”

And with another 14 or so sophomores still unsigned, Cook expects a lot more good news between now and the end of the season.

“We obviously still have more sophomores who are going to be finding opportunities between now and the summer, and we’re looking forward to getting them placed,” he said. “We’re excited about this group of guys. They all work hard. They’re all good kids and they’re all really pumped up about the opportunities they’ve got next year at their new places.”