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Colts drop first district contest to T’Wolves

NMMI’s Alejandro Lopez. Lopez went four innings in relief for the Colts against East Mountain, giving up just two runs in a 5-4 loss. Photo courtesy of Laura Brown.


NMMI Sports Press

The New Mexico Military Institute Colt baseball team lost a close contest against East Mountain, dropping their district opener at home, 5-4.

East Mountain got on the scoreboard first, plating a trio of runs in the top of the third off NMMI starting pitcher Andres Bleizeffer. Only two of those were earned, with ‘Blaze’ throwing three complete while giving up six hits against four strikeouts.

Timberwolf pitcher Dominik Chavez sat down the first ten Colt batters without giving up a hit, but NMMI got back one of those runs in the bottom half of the third thanks to a walk, two hit batters and an RBI fielder’s choice by Jasper Best.

Neither team managed to plate a run in the fourth, but NMMI’s Rilan Maloney finally broke the offensive ice for the Colts with a 1-out single up the middle.

After serving up the scoreless fourth, Colt reliever Alejandro Lopez gave up a single spot in the top of the fifth, scattering four hits, all singles.

Now down by three, 4-1, NMMI made it a brand-new ballgame before the end of the stanza. Bleizeffer led off with a walk, Lopez flew out to center, and Jasper Best hit an opposite-field double to right. Luke Taylor then launched a triple over the centerfielder’s head, scoring two. Martin Ayon brought Taylor home for the tying run with a single into shallow left.

In the top of the sixth, T’Wolf pitcher Chavez collected his third base-hit of the night – a triple down the leftfield line which plated teammate Logan Harlan, who had led off with a looping single up the middle.

Chavez then retired the Institute side, in order, in the bottom of the sixth, and threatened to do the same in the bottom of the seventh. He sat down the four and five-spot hitters for NMMI, but Gunnar Schwab kept the Institute’s hopes alive with a two-out single into center. After stealing second, he had the Colts’ tying run in scoring position. This time, however, Ayon wasn’t able to knock the run needed to knot the score – he hit chopper back to the mound which Chavez fielded and threw to first base for the final out.

“it was a hard-fought game for both teams. It was a great battle between their pitcher Dominik Chavez and our pitcher Alex Lopez,” said head Colt coach Charlie Ward. “We had opportunities throughout the game, including early with a failed bunt attempt, but that’s baseball. I told our kids that district is going to be like this – every game is going to be tight and we’re going to have to execute on both offense and defense if we want to win.”

Lopez was tagged for the loss for the Colts. He went the final four innings on the mound, giving up nine hits and two runs while allowing no walks and striking out three.

Schwab was the only NMMI batter with multiple hits in a 2-for-4 performance at the plate.

With the loss, the Colts fall to 10-3 overall and 0-1 in district. They’ll hit the road early on Saturday to continue Class 3A, District 4/5 competition, taking on Sandia Prep in a single game at 11:00 AM on April 6.

Colts can’t contain Capitan, fall in semis of Roswell Sertoma Classic

Capitan’s John Rogers slides in safe at third on a stolen base attempt before NMMI’s Martin Ayon can make the tag. The Tigers topped the Colts, 6-0, in the semifinals of the 25th Annual Roswell Sertoma-Colt Classic and will move on to face the Texico Wolverines in the title tilt at 6:30 pm on Saturday. NMMI will play for third-place honors at 3:30 pm tomorrow against the Shiprock Chieftains.


NMMI Sports Press

After a Day 1 win on Thursday in the 25th Annual Roswell Sertoma-Colt Classic baseball tournament, the New Mexico Military Institute Colts dropped their semifinal match on Friday against the Capitan Tigers, 6-0.

The Colts defeated the Hatch Valley Bears 10-0 in the opening round of the tournament, earning the mercy-rule win in just five innings via a walk-off balk.

Head Colt coach Charlie Ward was excited about the hot bats the Colts have been swinging this early in the season, and also with the pitching performance that sophomore Oscar Gomez had against the Bears.

“The kids are hitting the ball hard like they did during the Hal Bogle Tournament,” said coach Ward after the first-round victory. “I tell them to hit the ball hard and the rest will take care of itself. We were also very pleased with Oscar. He pounded the zone and kept his pitch count under 60. That could be a big plus for Saturday’s tournament game.”

But on Day 2 of the Classic, the hot bats NMMI had been swinging, which collected 10 hits against the Bears, hit a brick wall against Capitan ace Brenden Usrey. Usrey went the distance on the mound for the Tigers, holding the Colts to just four hits and three walks, while striking out six for the complete game shut-out win.

“We have been hitting well, but tonight, everybody was trying to hit fly balls,” said Ward about his team’s swings against Capitan.

NMMI had beaten the Tigers earlier in the season, in a close 4-2 road-win back on March 16th.

“They were just the better team tonight,” said Ward. “We had one bad inning and we fought back, but we just didn’t get it done.”

He hopes, however, that the Colts can bounce back and get ‘W’ in Saturday’s third-place game at 3:30 PM against the Shiprock Chieftains.

“You always want to win two of three in a tournament and win some hardware,” finished NMMI’s coach, but added that he’s already starting to look ahead at district. “We will have people on pitch counts since district starts on Tuesday. If we win great, but district is what matters and everybody is 0-0.”

Coach Ward also wanted to recognize the play of senior Alejandro Lopez, who has hurled four shutout innings in relief for the Colts during the first two days of the tournament.

“Alex has pitched great in relief. The positive I see is he is someone I can count on to pound the zone for district.”

In the other half of the winner’s bracket, Texico blanked Shiprock in similar 6-0 fashion, with Wolverine starting pitcher Dalton Thatcher throwing a no-hitter to help his team move once again into the championships of the Classic. Texico has won the tournament, hosted by the Roswell Sertoma club, the last three years.

Day 1 Results:

  • Texico defeated Dexter 7-1
  • Shiprock defeated Santa Rosa 6-5
  • Capitan defeated Tularosa 9-7
  • NMMI defeated Hatch alley 10-0

Day 2 Results

  • Santa Rosa defeated Dexter, 8-6
  • Hatch Valley defeated Tularosa, 6-5
  • Texico defeated Shiprock, 6-0
  • Capitan defeated NMMI, 6-0

Colts capture first-round win in Classic with walk-off balk

NMMI’s Alejandro Barcenas protects the plate with two strikes, looping this outside pitch for an opposite-field base hit into shallow right and putting the Colts in front of Hatch 6-0 in the bottom of the fourth inning. Barcenas’ 2 –for-3 effort at the plate was bested only by NMMI’s Jasper Best, who went 3-for-3 with an in-the-park-homerun and four RBIs.


NMMI Sports Press

Day 1 of the 25th Annual Roswell Sertoma Colt Classic is complete, with the NMMI Colts moving on in the winner’s bracket.

The Colts defeated the Hatch Valley Bears 10-0 in the nightcap of the tournament, earning the mercy-rule win via a walk-off balk.

The other teams moving on in the winner’s bracket are the Texico Wolverines, the Shiprock Chieftains, and the Capitan Tigers. The Wolverines will play the Chieftains at 3:30 PM and the Colts will play the Tigers at 6:30 PM.

In the consolation bracket, tomorrow’s games will be: Dexter vs. Santa Rosa at 10:00 AM, followed by  Tularosa vs. Hatch Valley at 12:45 PM.

Head Colt coach Charlie Ward was excited about the hot bats the Colts have been swinging this early in the season, and also with the pitching performance of sophomore Oscar Gomez.

“The kids are hitting the ball hard like they did during the Hal Bogle Tournament,” said the coach. “I tell them to hit the ball hard and the rest will take care of itself. We were also very pleased with Oscar. He  pounded the zone and kept his pitch count under 60. That could be a big plus for Saturday’s tournament game.”

“Our main goal right now is to win the tournament,” continued Ward. “We have been in it the last couple of years, but Texico has beaten us. We have Capitan to worry about tomorrow. We both have good arms, so it should be a good game. “

Sertoma-Colt Classic, Day 1 Results:

  • Texico defeated Dexter 7-1
  • Shiprock defeated Santa Rosa 6-5
  • Capitan defeated Tularosa 9-7
  • NMMI defeated Hatch alley 10-0

Colts win day one of Hal Bogle Tournament

Andres Bleizeffer pitches in the first inning against Tularosa. Bleizeffer had eight strikeouts in three innings of work on the mound while giving up two hits.

NMMI Sports Press

The New Mexico Military Institute Colt baseball team defeated the Tularosa Wildcats 19-0 in the first round of the Hal Bogle Tournament in Dexter, NM.

NMMI got it started in the top of the first as Jasper Best hit a rocket to third and Alejandro Barcenas scored on the ensuing throwing error by the Tularosa third baseman to take a 1-0 lead at the end of the top of the first.

The Colts grabbed another run in the second as Martin Ayon hit a line drive down the left field line for a double. He then scored on a bloop base hit by Barcenas to give the Colts a 2-0 lead.

NMMI picked up five runs in the third inning highlighted by a Rilan Maloney RBI single to right field for one of her two RBIs in the game, to take a 7-0 lead after the middle of the third.

In the fourth inning the Colts scored 11 runs, accumulated from five walks and eight hits. That made NMMI’s advantage 18-0 after four complete innings.

NMMI grabbed one last run in the fifth before closing out the game for a 19-0 victory.

“We did what we had to do,” said head Colt baseball coach Charlie Ward. “I told them when scores are like this, play with sportsmanship and go 90 feet per play. We have won this tournament the last two years and getting back to the championship game is a mini goal for us. We have a chance to continue with that tomorrow.”

Bleizeffer went 3-4 with a run scored and three RBIs. Ayon also collected three hits with two walks while driving in a run.

Bleizeffer pitched three innings on the mound collecting eight strikeouts and giving up two hits. Oscar Gomez pitched the last two innings striking out five Wildcats and allowing one base hit.

NMMI will move to the semi-finals at 4 pm on Friday where they will play the winner of today’s game between Hot Springs and Mesilla Valley Christian.

Colts take two from Bears in baseball season opener

NMMI sophomore second baseman Rilan Maloney fields a high-chopper before throwing to first to record the final out in Game 1. Maloney went 2-for-5 at the plate with a pair of RBIs and a run scored during NMMI’s season-opening doubleheader against Hatch. Photo courtesy of Laura Brown


NMMI Sports Press

The Colt varsity baseball team swept their season-opening doubleheader against visiting Hatch Valley on Friday at the NMMI Ballpark.

Game 1 was a close affair, with the Institute holding on to an early lead for the 6-3 win.

All of NMMI’s runs came in the first three innings, with a quartet crossing the plate in the bottom of the first. Sophomore centerfielder Alejandro Barcenas lead off with a single between short and third, junior shortstop Andres Bleizeffer drew a base on balls, senior pitcher Alejandro Lopez reached on an error to load the bases, and junior catcher Martin Ayon drove in the first run of the season on a ground out to the right side. Junior third baseman Luke Taylor then singled to left to bring home two more Colts, and later scored on another Hatch error.

Those four in the first were all that NMMI would need for the win, but Hatch made the game interesting with single spots in the second, four and fifth innings, against relief pitch Bleizeffer, who got credit for the win with four innings of work. Only one of those three runs was earned and ‘Blaze’ gave up just two hits to the Bears while striking out six.

Barcenas took the mound for the final two innings, earning the save while allowing just one more Hatch hit.

In Game 2, NMMI posted crooked numbers on offense in every stanza, ending the game early after four-and-a-half innings due to the mercy rule, 16-1.

The double-digits in runs came from a combination of both power and patience at the plate as the Colts slapped seven hits – including an in-the-park home run by Bleizeffer – and elicited eleven walks.

Taylor threw all five innings to record the win, giving up just one hit and one walk, while striking out seven.

“Adversity hit us early when our ace starting pitcher Alex Lopez went down with an injury in the first inning,” said head Colt coach Charlie Ward. “But we preach a mentality of ‘next man up’, to always be ready. But in this case, it was next woman up – Rilan Maloney came in and did her part. We put her in the three-hole and she had a couple of base hits, a couple of RBIs and played well at second base.

Coach Ward was also pleased with the performance of his pitching staff, especially this early in the season. “Blaizeffer stepped up with really no warm up to replace Lopez,” explained the coach. “He is normally our catcher, but he did a great job on the mound. And then Taylor pounded the zone in Game 2 and pitched really well.”

Five players hit over .400 for the Colts in the twinbill: junior Carlos Retamoza went 1-for-1 with a pair of runs scored; Barcenas crossed the plate four times and went 4-for-6; Bleizeffer also had four hits in six at-bats with three RBIs and six runs; Taylor was 2-for-4 with three RBIs and a pair of runs; and sophomore Maloney was 2-for-5 with 2 RBIs and 1 run.

With the season-opening wins, NMMI stands at 2-0. They’ll have ten days to work out any kinks coach Ward saw in their games vs. the Bears, before travelling to take on the Warriors in Ruidoso for a single game slated to start at 2:00 P.M. on Monday, March 11.