NMMI Sports Press
The NMMI Colt baseball team moved to 4-0 on the season and advanced to the championship game of the Hal Bogle Classic with an 11-1 win over Goddard’s JV team.
The Institute put together a solid combination of pitching and hitting: starter Michel Hinojos gave up just two hits and one unearned run for the five-inning complete game win, and the Colt bats collected 10 hits in 21 at bats, good for a .476 team average, including three timely triples which brought in four runs.
The game started out as a pitching duel, despite both plating a single run the first inning. Goddard’s run came when lead-off Sean Henry singled in short center field, moved to second on a sac bunt by Trotter Boston, took third on a wild pitch, then came home on an throwing error by NMMI’s catcher.
In the bottom half of the inning, after NMMI’s Jake Guerrero managed to plate Francisco Rivera from third on an infield single, Rocket starter Eli Fairbanks fanned the next three Institute batters, working himself out of a bases-loaded, no outs situation, with just one earned run.
Hinojos and Fairbanks both fired up shutouts in the second.
After Hinojos again held Goddard JV squad scoreless in the top of the third, the Colt bats went to work in the bottom. NMMI racked up 10 runs off six hits – including those three triples – a hit batter, a pair of walks and a Rocket fielding error.
After a scoreless fourth, Goddard’s Colton Sons lead off with a single into shallow center. Knowing they had to score at least run to prevent the early run-rule win, the Rockets opted to bunt Sons to second – Henry did exactly that and was thrown out at first. Hinojos then struck out the next two Goddard batters for his fifth and sixth Ks in the game, to wrap up the Colt victory.
“We put our best pitcher at them,” said head coach Charlie Ward, “which shows you just how much we respect them. We knew they would put the ball into play, and that kept our defense on their toes. We made a couple of errors – but that’s baseball.”
On the offensive side, NMMI had three players with two hits: Hinojos was 2 for 2 with a triple and three RBIs; Guerrero was 2 for 3 with a triple, four RBIs and a run scored; and Emilio Maldonado was 2 for 3 with a triple, an RBI and a run.
“I’m proud of how we adjusted the second time around on their lefty and hit opposite field,” said coach Ward. “We hit the baseball hard, that’s one of our goals, even if it’s not always a base hit.”
With the win, the Colts move into the championship game, slated for 7 p.m. tomorrow vs. the winner of the Dexter/Pecos game.
But win or lose, Ward knows the season’s just begun: “We have a lot of baseball ahead – we’re just trying to get better each game.”
NMMI Sports Press
It’s just three games into the start of the baseball season for the New Mexico Military Institute Colts, but already a pattern is emerging: the Colts scored in the double digits, while holding their opponents to just a single run, as NMMI downed Mesilla Valley Christian, 14-1, in the opening round of the Hal Bogle Classic.
The Colts came into the tournament – hosted by the Dexter Demons – with a pair of season-opening wins last weekend at Hatch Valley, taking the doubleheader with scores of 13-1 and 19-1.
Mesilla Valley’s starter drew looks of concern from the Colt bench during warm-ups, popping the catcher’s glove with 85 mph fastballs. After sitting down NMMI’s lead-off batter in four pitches, that concern grew. But NMMI’s next hitter, Gavin Maloney, survived an 0-2 count by lifting an inside pitch just over the infield, sparking a pair of runs in the top of the first, aided by a base hit by Michel Hinojos and an RBI by Jake Guerrero.
Maloney was the Institute’s hurler, and with the two-run lead and the confidence that his team could score runs, he sat down the Son Blazers in order, with three straight strike outs. He ended up with five Ks in just two innings pitched.
The Colts would score nine more runs over the next two innings, aided by walks, MVCS errors, eight singles and an RBI triple by Alejandro Lopez.
With the game seemingly well in hand and the new NMAA pitch-count rule – which requires a certain amount of rest before a player can pitch again, depending on the number of pitches thrown – head coach Charlie Ward turned the ball over to his bullpen. Jake Guerrero threw the next two innings, giving up one unearned run while recording five Ks of his own; and Jasper Best finished up the final fifth inning, striking out the side to end the game, just like Maloney started.
NMMI batted .400 for the game with 12 hits on 30 at bats. Hinojos was a perfect 4 for 4 with four runs and 3 RBIs; Maloney went 2 for 3 with two runs and two RBIs, and Lopez was 2 for 4 with a pair of RBIs and a run.
“I was very pleased with our pitching,” said coach Ward after the game. “But I was even more proud of how we hit the ball, especially with their pitching throwing 85+ mph. Our kids weren’t intimidated. They came out and competed.”
With the win, NMMI stays in the winner’s side of the bracket and will play Goddard’s JV squad at 4 pm Friday, March, 17.
“Goddard’s tough – they’re 5-0 on the season,” said Ward. “They’re well-coached, they put the ball in play and play solid defense. It should be a good game tomorrow and I expect to go all seven innings.”
NMMI Sports Press
It was two completely different 18-hole rounds at the inaugural Sonny Wiginton Intercollegiate Golf Tournament, held at the New Mexico Military Institute Golf Course on Sunday, Mar. 5th. The winds picked up dramatically for the second half of the 36-hole, 1-day competition, sending most scores, including the host team NMMI Broncos’, into the stratosphere.
“After the first 18, there were four teams tied at 284 and we were four shots back at 288,” explained head Bronco golf coach Andy Robertson. “Our second round came in at 304. We didn’t get it done, we needed one more good score and ended up finishing fifth. I thought the winds would be in our favor, but it ended up hurting the home team; why I don’t know,” continued coach.
Although disappointed with the afternoon team tally, coach Robertson was pleased with the performance of Peter Choi. Choi shot two-over par to finish in a three-way tie for seventh place in the individual portion of the tournament.
As a team going into the tournament on Sunday, NMMI was listed as 17th in the nation, but coach Robertson doesn’t think they’ll drop down in the rankings, since two of the teams ahead of NMMI were four-year schools, and because they finished ahead of ninth-ranked New Mexico Junior College.
Regardless of the new rankings, Robertson wants his team to focus on the next few weeks, which includes a tournament during NMMI’s scheduled Spring Break. “The next two weeks we have conference venues and hopefully we’ll get back to the 288 scores and do a little better,” he said.
Team Results: 1st, Midland College, 284-284—568; 2nd, Western New Mexico University, 284-287—571; 3rd, McLennan Community College, 284-291—575; 4th, Colorado School of Mines, 284-298—582; 5th, New Mexico Military Institute, 288-304—592; 6th, New Mexico Junior College, 296-302—598; 7th, Garden City Community College, 298-304—602.
NMMI Individual Results: T7, Peter Choi, 70-72—142; 26 T26, Lucas Bohannon, 74-75—149; T26, Paul Choi, 73-76—149; T32, Paul Montoya, 71-82—153; T 38, Arturo Quintero, 74-81—155; DNF, Deric Loving, 76-WD.
The NMMI Bronco baseball team ran its record to 13-7 after sweeping the Hesston College Larks in a Sunday afternoon doubleheader, taking game one 10-0 and battling out a back and forth nine-inning affair 13-9.
Zach Gonzales took the mound in the opener in dominating fashion as he only faced one batter more than the minimum over the six innings. Gonzales only allowed a double to the second batter he faced and then proceed to mow down the Larks’ anemic offense. He finished with seven strikeouts and walked no one.
The Bronco offense tallied a run in the first off of a double by Luis Rivera, moved over to third on a groundout and scored on a passed ball by the Hesston catcher. That was all the cushion Gonzales needed but NMMI tacked on another two in the third stanza when Rivera again doubled and scored on Jordan Williams RBI single. Williams moved to second on McCoy Pearce’s infield single and scored on Kirby Pimentel’s single to put the Broncos up 3-0 after three.
In the fourth, the Broncos’ bats exploded with a 6-run inning when they sent eleven batters to the plate. Jairus Hampton started things off with a single, moved to second on a wild pitch, stole third and came home on Rivera’s third hit of the game. Bobby Galindo followed with a single and teamed with Rivera for a double steal putting runners at second and third for Pearce who delivered with a 2-RBI single. Pimentel knocked in Pearce with a RBI-double, effectively knocking the Lark starter out of the game.
Cub Turcotte kept the hit parade going against the fresh pitcher, plating Pimentel with a single. Turcotte would later score on a two-base throwing error by the Hesston third-baseman off of Artesia alum Grady Frost’s grounder, increasing the Bronco lead to 9-0 after the fourth.
The Broncos would wrap up the 10-run rule in the 6th inning when Turcotte got on base by being hit by a pitch and then scored on Frost’s walk-off triple.
Rivera led the way with three hits in the game, while Pearce, Pimentel, and Turcotte all had two hits apiece.
Game two saw the Hesston bats come alive as they matched their run output for the first three games in just the first three innings. The Larks put up a run in the 2nd only to have the Broncos answer with two runs in their bottom half. Hesston tied it up in the top of the third 2-2 only to have Dustin Renfroe double in the bottom of the inning and get knocked in by Frost for NMMI to regain the lead at 3-2.
Undaunted, the Larks would put together their best inning of the weekend and tally three runs to take a 5-3 lead where things would remain until the Broncos would come up with a crooked number in the sixth with three runs and then top that with a better seven inning with five more runs.
In that game changing sixth, Frost lead off with a walk, Taos alum Adam Abeyta followed with a double and both were scored on a bases-clearing triple by Jose Velasco. Gadsden grad Jacob Hernandez would plate Velasco with a sac-fly to centerfield to give the Broncos a 6-5 lead. Hesston would answer back in the 7th with a couple more runs to retake the lead at 7-6.
NMMI wasn’t about to let the series sweep get away as Renfroe led off the bottom of the seventh with a triple to the right-field corner, then after a walk to Michael Salcedo and Frost getting plunked for the second time in the game, Abeyta came up big with a bases-clearing triple to give the Broncos a lead they would not relinquish. Velasco followed with a RBI single plating Abeyta. Tony Galindo coaxed a walk but Abeyta got picked off of second base. Hernandez then walked to set up Angel Colon with a runner in scoring position. He answered the call with a RBI-single scoring Galindo to put the Broncos up 11-7.
The Institute added two more runs in the eighth when Renfroe again led off with a single, Salcedo followed with a double and both scored on Abeyta’s double, which gave him his fourth and fifth RBIs of the game.
Hesston would scratch out another run in the top of the ninth when Turcotte came on in relief. The red-shirt freshman recorded backward Ks on the first two Lark batters, then lost command giving up a pair of walks and then an RBI single to round out the scoring at 13-9.
Goddard alum Ricky Roybal would pick up the win with his relief appearance over the 7th and 8th innings, giving up just one unearned run and a pair of hits.
The weekend sweep moves the Broncos’ record to 13-7 on the year as they move into their conference portion of the schedule with a weekend home series vs. El Paso CC, doubleheaders on both Friday and Saturday, beginning at 3 pm and 12 pm, respectively.
The NMMI Bronco baseball team rode their starting pitcher’s back to back complete game performances to sweep the Hesston College Larks out of Hesston, Kansas in Saturday’s doubleheader by the tune of 6-1 and 9-1.
First game starter Parker Bateman went the full seven innings allowing the one earned run on 5 hits while striking out 7 Lark batters and surrendering but two bases on balls with both in the same inning. The only time Bateman faced a man in scoring position was in the top of the 7th inning when he allowed a lead-off triple and then gave up an RBI single two batters later.
Bateman was supported from his offensive teammates led by 3-4 performances by Onix Vega and McCoy Pearce. Vega had a triple and two runs scored while Pearce hit his first homer of the day leading off the 4th inning and later in the 6th had an RBI single to knock in Vega with the last run of the game for the Broncos.
Angel Colon contributed a multi-hit game with a 2-4 performance with a triple to get things going in the 6th when NMMI scored three runs to seal the game. Bobby Galindo scored a run and had a 6th inning RBI while Luis Rivera had the other RBI for the Broncos in the 6th inning. Jordan Williams plated Vega after his triple with an RBI single in the 5th inning.
The second game was supposed to be a 9-inning affair but the Broncos were able to get a shortened win with the 8-run cushion after 7 rule. Once again they relied on their starting pitcher to go the distance as Matthew Marquez scattered six hits, struck out five Larks and only had one walk. Marquez only gave up a run when he gave up back to back extra base hits to lead off the 3rd inning with a double and triple. He calmed down after that and only gave up two hits the rest of the way.
At the plate, the Broncos came up with 11 hits as a team as they felt a power surge with two homers, a triple and two doubles. Leading the charge with multi-hit games were Colon, Rivera, Pearce and Cub Turcotte, all with two apiece. NMMI did all of their damage in the 2nd and in the 6th innings with all of their runs being scored in just the two rallies.
Pearce once again went deep with a lead-off homer in the 2nd inning that sparked the Broncos to a 5-run inning that they used to cruise to the victory. Colon added a dinger in the 6th inning in the big 4-run frenzy to sew the game up. Pearce had three RBI’s on the contest while Colon added two. Rivera, Galindo, Turcotte and Jesse Watson knocked in a run each. Colon also had a double as did Turcotte and Rivera sped to a triple in the 6th inning.
Broncos improved to 11-7 with the two wins while Hesston fell to 8-14 on the year. NMMI and Hesston will be back in action again with a Sunday doubleheader on slate for a noon start. With the wins, head coach Chris Cook became the co-leader in career victories at NMMI, picking up his 105th win in the second game.