Financing the Education of Your Dreams

By: Kalith Smith, Director of Admission New Mexico Military Institute Last year I celebrated the arrival of the entering class of 2016 with a day at the Living Desert State Park in More »

How NMMI Changed My Life

By: Cadet Nick Valentine When I first stepped on post, I knew I was entering one of the most developmental chapters of my life yet. I was 16 years old, entering my More »

NMMI Named Most Beautiful Military School in the US

New Mexico Military Institute was recently named as the Most Beautiful Military School in the US by militaryschooler.com. Thank you to all cadets, alumni, parents, families, friends, and all others, who took More »

 

Abeyta gives Broncs sixth walk-off of season; NMMI splits with GCCC

Angel Lebron DeJesus throws a pitch in the 5th inning ans picks up the win against Garden City CC. Photo by Rene Aguilar.


NMMI Sports Press

Bobby Galindo picks up 2 RBI’s in the 7th inning of the second game. Photo by Rene Aguilar.

The New Mexico Military Institute Bronco baseball team split a pair of home games on Friday versus Garden City Community College.

NMMI won Game 1 in grand fashion, collecting their sixth walk-off win, 6-5, after a solo-shot over the left-center field fence by sophomore Adam Abeyta, his third dinger of the season.

The Broncos lead early, building a 4-1 lead with single runs in the first and fourth innings, and a pair of runs in the third. But the Broncbusters came back, posting a five-spot in the top of the fifth, thanks in large part to a grand slam by GCCC right fielder Darien Burns.

Angel Colon rounds third base and heads home. Photo by Rene Aguilar.

NMMI plated a tying run in the sixth, held Garden City scoreless in the top of the seventh, before Abeyta’s game winning hit with one out.

NMMI starting pitcher Parker Bateman went 4.2 innings with no decision, allowing 5 hits, 5 runs (all earned), four walks and six strikeouts.

Angel Lebron got credit for the win in relief – his first of the season – with 1 inning pitched, no runs or hits, and 1K.

“It was a well-pitched game by both teams with a few exceptions,” said head NMMI coach Chris Cook. “We hit some hard balls and led early, but we made a mistake to one of their left handed bats and he hit a grand slam to take the lead 5-4. We battled to tie the game with some really good base running by Colon to get to third and score on a sac fly, then Adam Abeyta came up with a huge homerun to win the game .”

Will Haywood makes a play in center field during the second game against Garden City CC. Photo by Rene Aguilar.

In Game 2, Garden City’s bats came alive with 15 hits driving in 10 runs. NMMI managed seven hits but only two runs, those coming in the last inning for the Broncos.

Starting pitcher Matthew Marquez got tagged for the loss; he threw four complete, giving up nine hits and five earned runs, while recording six strikeouts.

Sophomore first baseman Bobby Galindo had a great doubleheader at the plate for NMMI, going 6 for 7 with three doubles, three RBIs, and one run.

Freshmen Cedric Reynaud was 3 for 6 with two runs scored. Derek Santana and Dominic Madrid both hit .1000 (1 for 1) after pinch-hit appearances in Game 2.

“We hit a lot of ground balls and we weren’t able to make anything happen,” explained coach Cook. “They had three big innings, which scored all their runs and we never put up fight offensively until the bottom of the 7th.

 

With the split, NMMI moves to 9-5 on the season, while GCCC moves to 7-3.

Both teams will square off again tomorrow at the NMMI Ballpark beginning at 12 P.M. with another pair of games to complete a four-game series.

“It is going to be a battle tomorrow,” finished Cook. “I think there will be a lot of runs scored and an overall better day for baseball. At this point, our only goal is to come out and start swinging the bats in game three and try to give us a chance to win a series. “

Colts fall in final home game of the year

NMMI point guard Charles Lewis looks for a seem in the Portales zone defense.

NMMI Sports Press

NMMI post Chris Blair with the 15-footer from the wing.

Tuesday evening the NMMI Colt basketball team took on the Portales Rams their regular season finale and lost 57-32.

Despite the 25 point loss, NMMI had the Rams exactly where they wanted them in the first half.

NMMI’s Hector Reyna gets an open shot under the basket after driving into the paint.

The Colts only allowed two three-pointers at halftime and shooting the three ball was clearly what Portales wanted to do.  “We played really good defense in the first half,” said Colt head coach Sean Schooley. “We played tight on the perimeter and forced them to take the ball inside, which is what we worked on in practice.”

Unfortunately for the Colts, the second half was a different story.

The Rams connected on 10 shots from behind the arc, which allowed them to open up a lead that the Colts could not overcome.

“Portales is a really good team,” said Schooley. “We had a manageable start in the fourth quarter, but we stopped playing defense.”

Jesus Luy gets a pick from teammate Chris Blair. Luy was the Colts’ top scorer with nine points.

NMMI also had trouble on the offensive end, scoring only 32 points in the game.

“It is hard to win games when you can’t score the basketball,” said Schooley. “It is even harder when you can’t convert easy buckets, which makes it that much harder on the defensive end.”

NMMI travels to Ruidoso on Monday to kick off the District 4-4A Tournament. Tipoff is set for 7:00 PM at Ruidoso High School.

Broncos comeback vs. SPC falls just short

Davis Steelman attempts to defend a South Plains College player in the first half.


NMMI Sports Press

Jeremie Karngbaye posts up a defender in the second half against SPC.

Down by 14 with just 6:31 left to play in the game, the New Mexico Military Institute Bronco basketball team made an awesome comeback that fell just short against visiting South Plains College, 78-75.

The top four teams in the WJCAC, based on conference records, get an invite to the Region V Postseason Tournament, and the Texans came into the Cahoon Armory gymnasium as the Western Junior College Athletic Conference’s second-place squad with an 8-3 conference record. NMMI was in fifth with a 5-6 conference mark, and needed the win to help catch up to two teams tied for third – Howard and Clarendon – with 7-4 records.

SPC held the lead for almost the entire game; they trailed NMMI just once and by a single point after Bronco point guard Jordyn Owens got a steal, dished it off to Matt Brown, who got the ball into Rosel Hurley on the fast break for the easy bucket. That put NMMI up 14-13 with 13:54 left to play in the first half.

Jordyn Owens dribbles past a SPC defender.

But the Texans slowly built as much as an eight point lead, thanks in large part to the three-point shooting of Ben Perez, who was 6 for 9 from behind the arc with 18 points in the first half.

The Broncs did manage to cut that lead to six, 35-29, before entering the locker room.

In the second half, NMMI had found an answer for Perez’ outside shooting – he had just one more point in the game before fouling out – but the Texans’ lead ballooned to 17 points, 55-38 with 12:33 remaining. This time the threat was SPC’s Deshawn Corprew who took it to the hoop off the dribble-drive, scoring all 21 of his game-high points in the second period.

Yet the Broncos fought back and cut the Texan lead to single digits, 65-56, mostly thanks to free-throws by guards Owens and Matt Brown.

Matt Brown drives to the basket and gets fouled in the first half against SPC.

NMMI still trailed by nine, 76-67, with 2:02 left on the clock. Jaylen Williams then nailed a three to make it 76-70. After an SPC turnover, Owens drained another shot from behind the arc to make it 76-73 with 41 seconds remaining. SPC got back two points after making the back-end of a pair of double-bonus free throws, 77-73, then 78-73. NMMI’s final two points came on an offensive rebound and put back by Hurley after a failed three-point shot.

Four Broncos finished with double figures in scoring: Owens with a season-high 23, Williams with 18, Atem Bior with 14 (along with 12 rebounds for the double-double), and Hurley with 13.

“I thought we came out a bit flat, unfortunately,” said head Bronco coach Ralph Davis. “Also, for some reason this year, we haven’t been able to hit too many shots at our own house – we travel much better. But our guys fought until the end, they really did. I’m proud of the way we came back. We obviously had a shot to tie it up with a last-second shot. So the talent’s there. But we’ve got to start games and finish games. Now we’ve put our backs against the wall, as far as trying to reach our ultimate goal, but it’s still obtainable. Definitely some work to do – we’ve just got to play a little harder, earlier.”

With the loss NMMI moves to 15-11 overall and 5-7 in the WJCAC. They’ve got four conference games remaining – two at home – to try and catch up and regain fourth place in the WJCAC. Their next game will be on the road at Midland on Thursday, Feb. 15. The next home game will be at on President’s Day, Monday, Feb. 19 against Frank Phillips at 7:30 P.M.

Colts outlast Mescalero Apache

Hector Reyna goes up for a shot and gets fouled by four Chief defenders.

NMMI Sports Press

Adnan Jalil attempts a shot against Mescalero Apache.

The Colt varsity basketball team (4-15) picked up their fourth win if the season on Monday evening by defeating Mescalero Apache (13-11) 53-49.

With 45 seconds remaining in the game, NMMI had the lead 48-46 and headed to the free throw line to shoot a one and one. The ball went off the side of the rim and Adnan Jalil got the board and put back to give the Colts a 50-46 lead.

Juan Reyna dribbles up the court against Mascalero Apache.

”If Adnan will get more active on the glass and help us get some easy shots and put backs like he did at the end of the game, it will relieve us of the offensive pressure we are having to put on ourselves just to score buckets,” said head coach Sean Schooley.

Shortly after the Chiefs inbounded the ball, Jesus Luy stepped in front of a pass and stole it to secure the win for the Colts.

“At the end we made some defensive stops and we were fortunate enough to get some steals,” said Schooley. “Luckily enough for us that steal was able to secure us the win.”

Jesus Luy set up to shoot a three pointer in the second quarter.

Despite leading the entire first half and halfway into the third quarter, NMMI surrendered a 10 point lead to Mescalero Apache.

Schooley quickly called a timeout and regrouped his team.

“We aren’t used to being in this position this year,” said Schooley.  “It is tough when you are constantly trying to scramble to get back in games and all of a sudden we are up. We got up by 10 or 12 and we thought we could just coast it on in, but we aren’t good enough offensively to trade buckets with other teams.”

Christopher Blair blocks a shot Monday evening.

Luy was the top scorer for the Institute with 11 points. Adnan and Blair added 10 each to give the Colts three players in double figures.

NMMI will host Portales on Tuesday at 7:00 PM to close out the regular season and wrap up district play.

 

Broncos complete series sweep vs. Otero

Eric Estrada throws a pitch in the fourth inning of the second game and picks up the win against Otero. Photo by Rene Aguilar


NMMI Sports Press

Angel Colon slides safely into third base in Game 1 of the doubleheader. Photo by Rene Aguilar

The New Mexico Military Institute Bronco baseball team won both games in Sunday’s doubleheader vs. visiting Otero Junior College, completing a four-game weekend series sweep against the Rattlers.

As was the case yesterday, where just three runs decided the difference in two games, both games went down to the wire on Sunday, with NMMI earning walk-off wins in both, 6-5 and 2-1.

Asked about the walk-offs, head Bronco coach Chris Cook replied, “So far it’s been pretty common for us. It’s not good for the heart, but I’m impressed with the fact that we’re pitching well enough to keep the games close, especially in these home games which gives us a chance with the last at-bat.”

David Chavez throws a pitch in the win over Otero. Photo by Rene Aguilar

In Game 1, the Broncos built a four-run lead with a single run in the bottom of the first and three more in bottom of the third.

Otero came back with single runs in each of the next three innings, then went ahead in the top of the seventh with two more runs.

Down by one in the last inning of regulation, NMMI managed to knot things up with a lead-off walk  by Will Haywood. Then after two outs, Jason Herrera singled to left field and Haywood was able to score on an Otero fielding error.

After closer David Chavez shut down the Rattlers in the top of the eighth, NMMI came back in the bottom half with a single run to win. Luis Rivera started things off by being hit by a pitch. With one out,  Adam Abetya launched a double to deep center field for the RBI and walk-off win.

Ricky Roybal throws a pitch in the first game of a doubleheader on Sunday. Photo by Rene Aguilar

NMMI starting pitcher Ricky Roybal went five innings, allowing just two runs, one earned, off two hits and four walks, while striking out four.

Rodriguez and Abeyta both hit .500 (2-for-4) in the game. Abetya had 3 RBIs.

In Game 2, neither team was able to post a run until the Rattlers plated one in the top of the sixth.

NMMI came back with two in the bottom of the seventh for another walk-off win – their third against Otero and fifth of the season.

Miguel Soto successfully tags an Otero player out on second base. Photo by Rene Aguilar

Estevan De La O led off with a triple into right field. Abeyta drove in De La O with a single up the middle. Jason Herrera then walked, Luis Rivera lined out and Bobby Galindo walked to load the bases. Rodriguez then singled through the left side for the walk-off RBI single.

Eric Estrada got the complete game win over seven innings. He allowed just three hits, no walks, one unearned run and struck out five.

Jason Herrera makes a throw to the infield. Photo by Rene Aguilar

Miguel Soto was the only Bronco with multiple hits in Game 2, going 2-for-3 at the plate with a pair of singles.

“You can’t take winning four close games like this for granted,” explained Cook. “It’s not an everyday thing. We’ve got to be happy, even if we didn’t play great at times, but we do have to clean some stuff up, fix some things offensively and get some runs on the board.”

But Cook was definitely pleased with his pitchers’ performance this weekend.

“Everybody pitched well,” said Cook. “I had two guys we’ve got a lot of confidence in who never saw the mound – LeBron and Buffett – because we got quality starts. The innings shrink up when you get those quality starts. They need to be ready for next week, because we’ve got a tough team coming in, Garden City, who always plays super-hard and is well coached.

“All-in-all, I’m very proud that we stayed with it,” finished Cook. “We’ve been able to come back late which has given us a chance to win some games.”

With the win, NMMI moves to 8-4 on the season. They’ll host Garden City Community College in a four-game series next weekend, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 16-17. First games slated to start both days at noon at the NMMI Ballpark.