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Hardwick throws shutout, Broncs go 1-3 against Odessa

Tyler Hardwick with the complete game shutout as NMMI pulls Game 4 from Odessa, 8-0. The Broncos lost the Day 2 opener, 4-3.

NMMI Sports Press

The New Mexico Military Institute Bronco baseball team split Saturday’s doubleheader vs. conference opponent Odessa College, to go 1-3 against the WJCAC’s top-ranked Wranglers during a two-day, four-game series at the NMMI Ballpark.

After dropping both games on Friday, 9-2 and 11-3, NMMI’s pitching and defense found a way to slow down the hot bats of Odessa on Day 2.

They lost a close 4-3 contest in Saturday’s opener, then saw their own offense get hot, pounding Wrangler pitching for nine hits and eight runs to win the nightcap, 8-0.

Starting pitcher Tyler Hardwick got the complete-game shutout win for the Institute, earning his fourth ‘W’ of the season, tallying six strikeouts over seven innings in Game 4.

“We pitched it well enough to win both games today,” said head Bronco coach Chris Cook.

“Odessa is hitting over .400 as a team. And [Jadon] Archuleta didn’t pitch a perfect game, but he pitched well enough to eliminate the damage,” explained coach Cook about NMMI’s Game 3 starter. “They didn’t score more than one run in any inning.”

Archuleta went five innings on the mound, giving up five hits and three runs – two of which were earned – with one strike out and one walk.

“Hardwick gave up just four hits, two of which were big-hop singles,” said Cook. “So he pitched a heck of a game, against one of the best offensive teams in the country.”

“All-in-all, outside of one or two innings, I thought we pitched extremely well this weekend,” continued Cook. “But on the flip side, they did the same back to us. We just didn’t get as many two-out or two-strike hits as they did, especially with runners in scoring position. So they were able to take three of the four games.”

Cook was also pleased with how his team battled at the plate. “We didn’t have a ton of hits this weekend, but he had some guys have some quality at-bats that hadn’t been getting a lot of reps. We’re dinged up quite a bit offensively, so we’ve got a lot of new bodies in the lineup, moving guys around.

“Horn is just a hitter,” continued Cook about his freshman outfielder who went 3-for-9 this weekend with four RBIs, including a solo homerun in Game 3.

Sophomore DH JoJo Escarsega hit .600, 3-for-5 at the plate with a double; and sophomore first baseman Michel Hinojos also had a trio of hits (3-for-7) with two runs and an RBI.

“I’m hoping that the Game 4 win helps us get some momentum as we go into another home series against Frank Phillips next week,” finished Cook. “Hopefully we can build from there and keep playing better as the season moves towards its end.”

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.


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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.