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Colts advance to semis with win over T-Wolves

NMMI senior Alejandro Lopez was huge at the plate for the Colts in their quarterfinal win over East Mountain. He was 2-for-2 at the plate with a double, five RBIs, two walks and two runs scored.

NMMI Sports Press

The New Mexico Military Institute Colt baseball team advanced to the semifinals of the NMAA Class 3A State Championship tournament, downing the second-seeded East Mountain Timberwolves, 14-5, at the Cleveland High School ballpark on Thursday.

NMMI plated four runs in the top of the first, with senior Alejandro Lopez collecting three of his five RBIs on the day with a bases-loaded double. Luke Taylor would later score Lopez with a sac fly to left field.

The T-Wolves countered with single spots in both the bottom of first and second, cutting NMMI’s early lead to two.

NMMI got back both of those runs in the third and fifth innings. In the third, senior Jasper Best blasted an opposite-field triple to right with one out, then was brought in by senior teammate Gunnar Schwab on a turf single that bounced high over the pitcher’s mound.

In the fifth, the Colts’ run came after a double-play left NMMI with runners on first and third with two outs. Pinch runner Carlos Retamoza attempted a successful steal of second, and Alejandro Barcenas crossed the plate on the ensuing throw-down.

East Mountain made it a one-run game, 6-5, mounting a three-run rally in the bottom half of the fifth.

But NMMI had a break-out inning in the top of the sixth, scoring eight runs, all with two outs. NMMI pounded out six hits in the stanza, including two by Luke Taylor.

Taylor then pitched the final two innings of the game, shutting out the Timberwolves  and allowing just one hit.

Oscar Gomez got the start and the win for NMMI. He allowed two runs, both earned, over 3.1 innings of work with one strikeout.

Lopez was impressive at the plate for the Colts. Along with his game-leading five RBIs, he was a perfect 2-for-2 at the plate with a pair of walks and runs scored.  Barcenas was 3-for-5 with an RBI and three runs scored; while Best and Taylor both went 2-for-3.

With the win, NMMI will advance to the semifinals on Friday at 12:00 PM to face the West Las Vegas Dons; the third-seeded Dons won their quarterfinal match-up against sixth-seeded Cobre, 2-1.

Early graduation for five Colts

From left to right: Commandant of Cadets LTC Jonathan Graff, Dean of Academics BG Douglas Murray, MSG Jasper Lynn Best, 1SG Alejandro Lopez, 1SG Jorge Iruretagoyena Andueza, CSM Jake Austin Leible, MSG Gunnar William Schwab, President/Superintendent MG Jerry Grizzle, and Athletic Director COL Jose Barron.

Five members of the New Mexico Military Institute Colt baseball team participated in early graduation on Wednesday at Mabee Hall in Toles Learning Center. The Colt baseball team will be playing in the quarterfinals on Thursday at 10:00 AM at Cleveland High School.

The five graduates are:

Master Sergeant Jasper Lynn Best from Roswell, NM. Best plans to continue his education at NMMI.

First Sergeant Jorge Iruretagoyena Andueza from Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico. Iruretagoyena plans to continue his education at Pima Community College

Command Sergeant Major Jake Austin Leible from Roswell, NM. Leible plans to continue his education at Texas A&M University

First Sergeant Alejandro Lopez from Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico. Lopez plans to continue his education at NMMI.

Master Sergeant Gunnar William Schwab from Farmington, NM. Schwab plans to continue his education at NMMI.

Three out of the five graduates will continue their education at NMMI and the combined GPA out of the five cadets was a 3.2 average.

Graduation for all the rest of the cadet high school student body will be on Saturday, May 19th at 8:00 A.M. in the Pearson Auditorium.


Colt baseball advances to the second round of State with two wins on Saturday against Sandia Prep

Alejandro Barcenas hits a fly ball to centerfield to score two Colts in the fifth inning of Game 2 of the three game series.

NMMI Sports Press

The New Mexico Military Institute baseball team needed all off the three games to advance to the quarterfinals in the 2019 New Mexico State Championships. The Colts lost Game 1 on Friday 9-6, but came back to take a doubleheader on Saturday Game 2 final 10-0 in 5 innings and a 10-7 final in Game 3.

In Game 1, Colts Jasper Best and Marin Ayon had three hits each in four plate appearances to lead the team in hits. Alex Lopez led the team in RBI with three on a double and a triple. Gunnar Schwab had two RBI going 1-3 on the day. Andres Bleizeffer and Best scored twice as Schwab and Gus Curnutt had the other two runs in the game for the Colts.

The Colts went on a fifth inning tear scoring eight runs in Game 2 to take a 10-0 victory. Lopez went 3-3 with two RBI and a run scored. Alejandro Barcenas and Ayon were the other Colts with multiple hits as they had two each. Lopez and Ayon led the team with two RBI each and Curnutt had two runs with every other player in the starting lineup scoring a run except for Ayon. Carlos Retamoza courtesy ran for Ayon in the fifth and scored on a Barcenas fly ball to center that was dropped by the Sandia Prep centerfielder. Oscar Gomez pitched a complete game four-hit shutout striking out two Sundevils.

Game 3 featured 13 hits from NMMI as Barcenas, Bleizeffer, Best, Lopez, and Schwab each had two hits. Barcenas and Lopez recorded a double and Bleizeffer had a triple. Barcenas led the team in runs scoring three. Barcenas, Bleizeffer, Best, and Luke Taylor had two RBI during the game Bleizeffer started the game on the mound for the Colts going four innings and striking out two Sandia Prep batters. Taylor came in relief and pitched two shutout innings and Barcenas pitched the final inning for NMMI.

Head Colt baseball Coach Charlie Ward gave all the credit to his team. “The team had a lot of confidence in themselves and they believed that they could still come back and find a way to win. They knew the most important game was Game 2 and we would have a chance if we won that game. We knew that these two ball teams were very evenly matched and very disciplined. Coming back and winning two games the way they did show a lot of character and handling adversity really well. We have a shot. We are one game away from the final four and we are going to battle all the way.” It was fun the team found a way to win and to be a part of the final eight and play East Mountain on Thursday.”

Coach Ward is thrilled for his team to compete in Albuquerque next week and have the season continue.

“The best eight are going to be in Albuquerque and we are fortunate enough to be in the eight.” We are excited for the opportunity and we will get out there and give it our best and represent NMMI as best we can.”

The Colts will play the #2 seed East Mountain Timberwolves on Thursday, May 16th at 10:00 AM at Cleveland high School. East Mountain and NMMI have played in three games this season as the Timberwolves lead the series 2-1.

Colts defeat Rattlers in district contest

Jasper Best with the walk-off single to complete the Colt’s 10-0 win against Tucumcari.

NMMI Sports Press

The New Mexico Military Institute Colt baseball team defeated the Tucumcari Rattlers 10-0 in five innings at NMMI Ballpark on Tuesday.

The Colts scored two runs in the first and second innings, four in the third, and two in the fifth. The final run came in off of a Jasper Best single to score Andres Bleizeffer. Luke Taylor and Bleizeffer threw a combined one-hit shutout for the Colts.

The Colts next game will be a continuation against Sandia Prep from April 26th, on May 4th at 11 AM. The game got postponed due to weather. The Colts will play Texico after the Sandia Prep game estimated start time is scheduled for 1 PM against the Wolverines

Colts sweep Dexter in district double

NMMI Game 2 starting pitcher Andres Bleizeffer.

NMMI Sports Press

The New Mexico Military Institute Colt baseball team took both games of a district double-header against Dexter on Tuesday, downing the Demons 16-6 in the opener, then winning the nightcap 9-6.

Dexter had early leads in both contests, but NMMI got and kept the lead late in the Game 1.

After a scoreless first, the Demons surged ahead with a three-spot in top of the second.

NMMI came back with a single run in the bottom of the third, but Dexter plated another pair in the top of the fourth. NMMI answered with two runs in the bottom half of the stanza to make it 5-3.

After another Demon run in the top of the fifth, the Colts knotted the game up at six during their at-bat, with Alejandro Lopez drawing a bases-loaded walk to knot up the score.

Martin Ayon broke up the tie in the bottom of the sixth, singling on a 1-0 count to score Luke Taylor’s pinch runner, Jorge Iruretagoyena, after earned a lead-off walk. The NMMI bats then went on a tear, plating nine more runs in the inning to end the game early by the mercy rule.

Oscar Gomez was credited with the victory for NMMI COLTS. He went three innings, allowing three runs on four hits and striking out one. Luke Taylor threw three innings in relief out of the bullpen aloowing three runs, all earned, with a strike out and no free passes.

David Miramontes took the loss for Dexter. He went four innings, allowing three runs on nine hits and striking out three.

The Colts racked up 14 hits in Game 1 – Lopez, Alejandro Barcenas, Andres Bleizeffer, Ayon, and Jasper Best all managed multiple hits – Lopez led NMMI with three hits in four at bats.

In Game 2, after spotting Dexter two runs in the top of the first, NMMI had three cross the plate in the bottom half of the inning.

They never trailed again – scoring two-spots in the second, fourth and sixth innings – to earn the sweep and improve their district record to 6-3.

Bleizeffer was a perfect 2-for-2 at the plate with a pair of bases on balls and scored all four times he made a plate appearance.

Best and Taylor both had 2 RBIs in the game, with Best also scoring all four times his number came up on the line-up card.

Bleizeffer drew a no-decision on the mound for the Colts as the starting pitcher, throwing 2.1 innings and giving up four runs, two of which were earned.

Lopez completed the game in relief, taking the win in 4.2 innings of work, allowing just two more Demon runs, and setting down Dexter in order during the fourth and fifth stanzas.

Next up for NMMI (16-6 overall record) will be another district doubleheader, at home against Sandia Prep on Friday, April 26. The first game is slated for a 3 P.M. start at the NMMI Ballpark.