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Colts take trio from Warriors, move into second place for district

Alejandro Lopez prepares to throw to first against Ruidoso.

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Alejandro Barcenas rounds third base and scores in Game One.

The Colt baseball team completed their three-game district sweep over visiting Ruidoso, taking both ends of a doubleheader on Friday, 12-2  and 15-5.

In Game 1, NMMI started off the scoring in the bottom of the first inning with three runs. Andres Bleizeffer drove in two of those on a fly ball single to center field which scored Alejandro Barcenas and Gavin Maloney. Bleizeffer later crossed the plate thanks to a hard ground ball by Gunnar Schwab.

Ruidoso was unable to respond in the top of the second, despite a leadoff walk.

NMMI then scored again: with one out in the bottom of the second, the Colts tapped two back-to-back singles by Connor Roe and Francisco Rivera, and then a walk by Barcenas, to load the bases for Gavin Maloney. On the fourth pitch of the at bat, Maloney hit a triple to right field, clearing the bases.

Ruidoso’s first runs came in the top of the third. They plated two runs sans a hit, thanks to one walk and pair of Colt errors.

After a scoreless fourth inning by both sides, NMMI added a single spot in the bottom of the fifth thanks to an RBI single by Diego Salido, scoring Alejandro Lopez from second. Lopez got on base with a walk and took second on a sac bunt by Gunnar Schwab.

The Warriors were set down with three straight outs in the top of the sixth, and NMMI ended the contest early via the 10-run rule, thanks to an outburst of five runs in their final at bat. An error, walk and hit-by-pitch loaded the bases. Barcenas then scored from third on a wild pitch, Lopez walked to again fill the sacks, and Salido hit a fielder’s choice to second. The throw to the plate was in time, but the catcher failed to step on the plate before making a throw to first to try and get an out at first. The throw went sailing over the first baseman’s head and downthe right field line, scoring three NMMI runs and placing Salido safe at third. Salido then crossed home on a ground out by Jake Lieble for the mercy-rule win, 12-2.

Alejandro Barcenas rounds third base and scores in Game One.

Rivera went all six innings on the mound for the Colts to get the complete-game win. He threw just 99 pitches and allowed just one Ruidoso hit while collecting four strikeouts.

Game 2 was also shortened by the run-rule, with the Colts again winning in walk-off style in the bottom of the sixth.

NMMI posted three runs in the first, six more in the second, and a pair of in the fourth, all while holding the Warriors scoreless. The Colts had a chance to end the game after five, but Ruidoso refused to go down, plating four runs in the top of the fifth, off of three hits, a Colt error, and a walk.

Ruidoso then blanked NMMI in the bottom of the fifth, and posted another solo run in the top of the sixth to tighten up the ballgame, 11-5.

The Colts came back with four during their at-bat to end the game. Roe lead off and reached via an error; Rivera singled up the middle; and Barcenas also got on due to a Warrior miscue. That again brought Maloney up to the plate with bases loaded. He again went opposite field, driving in two with a single. Bleizeffer hit a ‘grounder-with-eyes’ up the middle for the Colts’ three run of the stanza, and NMMI’s final run came on Texas-league single by pinch-hitter Esteban Delgado.

Lopez got credit for the Game 2 win, hurling five complete innings before turning the ball over to Barcenas for the final three outs. Lopez allowed five hits and three earned runs, with one strikeout and zero free passes. Barcena gave up one run, one hit and one walk.

At the plate, Maloney was the Colts’ main weapon. He hit the cycle during the twinbill, going 5 for 6 with two singles, a double, a triple anda legitimate in-the-park homerun. He also had 11 RBIs and scored five runs.

Connor Roe fields a ground ball and prepares to throw to first base.

With the sweep, NMMI moves into second place in the District 4-4A standings with a 6-3 record, and an impressive 17-5 overall mark.

The Colts are off all next week – their next game won’t be until Monday, April 23 at Texico.

“We have three big games in Portales, which could determine playoff implications for seeding,” said head Colt coach Charlie Ward. “Hopefully we put ourselves in a position to host a first round playoff game.”

Those games vs. Portales will also be on the road, with a single contest on Friday, April 27 at 4:30 pm, followed by a pair on Saturday at 10 am and 12 pm.

Colts down Ruidoso

Francisco Rivera congratulates Jake Leible on scoring a run.

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Gavin Maloney throws a pitch in the second inning on Thursday.

The Colt baseball team topped Ruidoso 5-2 in the first of a three-game District 4-4A series at home vs. the Warriors.

“For us it was a special moment,” said head coach Charlie Ward on earning their fourth district win.  ”First of all, assistant coach Steve Rogers is sick right now. He’s getting well, but he won’t be back in the dugout until our next series on Monday. And all the players were rooting for his health and a speedy recovery. We wish him the best.”

NMMI started off the scoring in the bottom of the first inning with a pair of runs. Francisco Rivera crossed home plate on a passed ball and Alejandro Barcenas later scored on a bases-loaded hit-by-pitch with two outs; designated hitter Gus Curnutt got credit for the RBI.

Ruidoso responded with a two-out triple by Gabe Dorame, followed up with a single by Ian McClure, to score Dorame and make it 2-1 after the top of the second.

“We had several key hits in the right inning, which allowed us to put up multiple two spots on them,” said Ward.

Alejandro Lopez rounds second base against Ruidoso.

After a scoreless bottom of the second and top of the third, NMMI had runners on first and second. Back to back wild pitches allowed Alejandro Lopez to advance to third and then home, giving the Colts a 3-1 advantage heading into the top of the fourth inning.

In the top of the fourth, the Warriors managed to get another runner into scoring position, but the Colts dodged the bullet, as Ruidoso wasn’t able to bring their player home for the run, despite there being just one out.

In the bottom half, the NMMI offense came through for another pair of runs. With a runner on second, Gavin Maloney started a two out rally, doubling to center field and scoring Barcenas. Andres Bleizeffer then singled on a line drive over second base, scoring Maloney to give the Institute a 5-1 lead.

The Warriors’ final run in the top of the sixth. Maloney struck out the side, but two walks and two errors gifted Ruidoso a single-spot in the stanza.

Joshua Lopez slides safely into home in the fourth inning against Ruidoso.

Maloney got the complete-game victory on the mound, lasting all seven innings, allowing just three hits and two runs while striking out seven.

” We also had coach Greg Maloney calling pitches for his son,  a senior, Gavin and I felt like that was a special moment for both of them,” said Ward.

Both teams will square off again tomorrow at the NMMI Ballpark beginning at 4 P.M. with another pair of games to complete a three-game series.

The Colts were led by Rivera at the plate. He went 2-4.

Colts blast Eunice in five innings

Andres Bleizeffer throws a pitch in the first inning against Eunice.

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Jake Leible rounds third base and scores a run against Eunice.

The Colt baseball team topped the Eunice Cardinals in a non-district matchup at home on Tuesday evening.

Both teams were hot at the plate as they combined for 26 runs in the game, with NMMI earning 18 of those on 12 hits.

The Cards started off the scoring with a pair of runs in the top of the first on two hits and a walk.

NMMI quickly responded, thanks to a leadoff triple to center field by Francisco Rivera, followed by a Gavin Maloney blast over the fence in right center, making the score 2-2 with just one out in the inning.

After a hit-by-pitch and walk, Gunnar Schwab singled to right center field, scoring Jake Leible and advancing Alejandro Lopez advanced to third.

Up next at the plate was Gus Curnutt. He singled to on a line drive to the shortstop, scoring Schwab and Lopez, making the score 5-2 at the end of the first.

Eunice answered with a three spot in the second, knotting the score at 5s.

Gavin Maloney prepares to swing against a Eunice pitcher in the bottom of the first inning.

In the bottom half, Rivera singled on a line drive to right field and advanced to second

on an error by the right fielder.

Maloney then doubled to center and scored Rivera. He eventually scored on a fielder’s choice by Andres Bleizeffer, who in turn scored after a walk given up to Alejandro Lopez, and another RBI single by Schwab.

NMMI led 8-5 going into the top of the third, but again, Eunice responded with a two run inning cutting the lead to just one, 8-7.

NMMI’s next run came after a Cardinal error, two consecutive walks and a hit by pitch. Then with two on, Lopez smacked an opposite-field triple, scoring Alejandro Barcenas and Maloney. Lopez later crossed the plate on a wild pitch to give the Institute a 12-7 advantage at the end of three.

Francisco Rivera throws a runner out at first in the top of the third inning.

In the top of the fourth, Eunice was set down in order for the only three-up, three-down half inning in the game.

The Colts exploded for five hits and six runs in the bottom of the fourth, setting the stage for the run-rule victory, up 18-7.

The Cards did manage one final run in the top of the fifth, but couldn’t bring another runner in from third to extend the game.

Bleizeffer got the win for the Institute bringing his record to 2-0 on the year. He threw two innings, gave up five runs on five hits. Lopez pitched the next 2.2 for the hold, allowing two hits and three runs (two of which were earned). Luke Taylor took the mound for the final out, allowing a single hit and no runs.

Schwab, Lopez, Curnutt, Rivera, and Maloney all managed multiple hits for NMMI, with Schwab going 3-for-4 at the plate to lead the Colts in hits

Up next for NMMI is District 4-4A opponent Ruidoso. The three-game, two-day series will be held at NMMI on the 12th and 13th of April. The first pitch for both days is scheduled for 4:00 PM, with a single game slated on Thursday and a doubleheader on Friday.

Texico downs Colts in 24th Annual Colt-Sertoma Classic

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The Colt baseball team took on the Texico Wolverines in the 24th Annual Colt-Sertoma Classic Championship game and lost 4-1.

Texico has won the Colt-Sertoma Classic for the third consecutive year and returned all but one starter from last year’s state championship team.

”We faced a very good team, the defending state champs in 3A the last two years,” said head coach Charlie Ward. “We had [runners on] second and third twice, bases loaded twice – we just didn’t get any clutch hits. That’s baseball. It didn’t happen tonight, but maybe next time it will.”

On the mound for the Colts was Gavin Maloney, who signed to play Division I baseball for Santa Clara next year. He took the loss, striking out 11 Wolverines while giving up four hits and four runs on six innings of work.

“It was a great baseball game,” said Ward. “We just gave up too many walks early and they capitalized with a shot in the gap.”

Leading the offensive charge for NMMI was Francisco Rivera. Rivera went 2-for-3 at the plate hitting a single and double.

Nathan Phipps was credited with the victory for Texico. He lasted four and a third innings, allowing two hits and one run while striking out five.

The Colts will hit the road on Monday as they travel to play the Loving Falcons at 4:00 PM. NMMI will then head into district play as they face off against the Pintos next Thursday in Moriarty.

Coach Ward also wanted to thank everyone who helps make the annual Colt-Sertoma Classic a success. “It’s a lot of work to put on a baseball tournament and I definitely want to thank the Roswell Sertoma Club, along with all the parents, NMMI employees, and local businesses who help make our tournament one of the best in the state.”

Colts blast Santa Rosa in semifinal

NMMI starting pitcher Francisco Rivera gave up a pair of hits and an unearned run in the top of the first, but allowed no further runs and just two more hits the rest of the ballgame.

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Colt third baseman Martin Ayun makes toss across the diamond after a ground ball in the third.

The Colt baseball team picked up their second win of the week against Santa Rosa in the semifinal round of the Colt-Sertoma Classic 10-1 on Friday night.

Rivera led the Colts to victory on the pitcher’s mound. Despite having the bases loaded with Lions in the first and second inning, he only allowed two hits for the remainder of the game.

He gave up five hits, one run over six and a third innings and struck out ten. Luke Taylor threw two-thirds of an inning in relief out of the bullpen.


NMMI catcher Andres Bleizeffer meets with pitcher coach Steve Rogers after a completed inning on defense.

“It was very obvious that Francisco struggled at the beginning of the game,” said head Coach Charlie Ward. “He sped the game up and ended up pitching a good game.”

NMMI came alive offensively and put an eight spot up in the fourth inning thanks to singles by Martin Ayon, Alejandro BarcenasAlejandro Lopez, and Andres Bleizeffer.

Ayon had a monster night at the plate going 4-4 with four singles, two runs scored and one RBI.

Jake Leible gets congrats from teammate Gavin Maloney after scoring in the Colts’ eight-run fourth inning.

“We had a lot of good situational hitting,” said Ward. “Now we are in the championship game and that is all we can ask of our kids.”

NMMI takes on the defending Colt-Sertoma Classic and 3A State Champions, Texico Wolverines.

“Texico is legit”, said Ward. “They have outstanding pitching and only lost one player from their 2017 state championship team.”

First pitch is at 7:00 PM at the NMMI Ballpark.