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Broncos fall to Odessa in conference play

NMMI’s Jermane Carter with the dunk in the second half of play against Odessa. Carter 17 points and led the Broncos with seven rebounds. Photo courtesy of Shutternut.

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The New Mexico Military Institute Bronco basketball team fell to conference foe Odessa College 82-71 in the Cahoon Armory Gym on Thursday night.

The first half was a back and forth battle between both teams. The largest lead was by NMMI with a 6 point lead at the 10:33 mark in the first half. Odessa came back and took a four point lead with under a minute to go, but the Broncos went on a 5-0 run to end the half up 39-38.

In the second half Odessa took control out of the gate going on a 18-5 run through the first eight minutes of play. After the early run NMMI out played the Wranglers, but could not overcome the early deficit.

“We had about a four minute spurt where we kind of quit playing and they got up on us,” said head Bronco basketball coach Sean Schooley. “But what I liked about this game is that we battled back. We didn’t quit playing and gave ourselves a chance to stay in the game.”

Isaiah Francis led the Broncos with 26 points on the night. He added four rebounds and two steals. Jermane Carter had 17 points along with seven rebounds, three blocks, and a steal. Anthony Mensah collected 13 points.

The Bronco’s next game will be at South Plains College on February 11. Tip-off is scheduled for 6:30 CST.

Lady Colts win fifth straight

NMMI’s Demitra Ulibarri with the ball on the low post, trying to get past the defense of Artesia’s R. Greer.

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The New Mexico Military Institute Lady Colt basketball team defeated the Artesia JV Lady Bulldogs 45-30 at Godfrey Athletic Center on Monday night. The win gives the Lady Colts their fifth straight victory of the season and overall moves them to 8-4 on the year.

The game was even after the first quarter as the score was 8-8. The Lady Colts were down 14-13 when they started a 14-0 run that began midway through the second quarter until 27 seconds left in the third quarter to give NMMI a 30-16 lead at the end of three quarters. The Lady Colts and Lady Bulldogs would each have their best quarter scoring in the fourth, but the Lady Colts would win the game 45-30.

Tianna Tsosie led the Lady Colts in scoring with 17 points. She also had three steals and one assist. Demitra Ulibarri recorded a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. She also recorded six steals and five blocks.

“I thought we shot the ball well and played really good defense,” said Head Lady Colt basketball coach Marisha Olesinski. “The girls were very patient today. They were moving the ball well and taking open shots. We need to work on turnovers a little bit more, but overall the girls played great tonight.”

The Lady Colts next game will be at Dexter on Thursday, February 7th at 5:00 PM.

Sunday sweep for Bronco baseball vs. Otero

Jake Guerrero tosses in relief in Game 2 of a double header played at NMMI Ballpark. Guerrero faced three batters striking out all three of them. Photo courtesy of Shutternut.


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The New Mexico Military Institute Bronco baseball team moved to 3-1 on the season, sweeping a pair of one-run games in Day 2 of a four-game weekend series vs. visiting Otero Junior College: 3-2 and 6-1.

NMMI had to make the comeback in the first game on Sunday, as the Rattlers plated two in the top of the second thanks to a lead-off walk, two singles and a double.

Otero starting pitcher Edwing Corrales silenced the NMMI bats during his four complete innings, allowing just one hit and two walks.

But in the bottom of the fifth, the Broncos drove in three to take the lead. Johnnie Nemecek started the rally, taking first with one out after being hit by a pitch. Miguel Soto drew a walk. Gavy Perez hit a single into shallow center to load the bases. Cedric Reynaud, the hero of yesterday’s Game 1 with the walk-off double, hit a clutch single to drive in Nemecek. JoJo Escarcega got a base on balls, tying up the contest, 2-2, and picking up his first RBI of the season. Dylan DiLorenzo came in to pinch hit and put NMMI out on front with what would become the winning run, drawing another walk with bases loaded.

Three pitchers combined for the seven innings of play. Starter Julian Galindo went four, allowing two earned runs off six hits and a trio of walks, along with three strikeouts. Eric Estrada threw two scoreless  innings in relief, giving up two hits while collecting four Ks. Jadon Archuleta needed just 10 pitches to sit down Otero in order during their final at-bat, picking up NMMI’s first save of the season.

Game two was another low-scoring defensive battle, but NMMI jumped out in front with two runs in their first at bat. Nemecek again was the initial catalyst, leading off with an opposite field triple down the right-field line. Julian Galindo then hit an RBI single up the middle and after swiping second, came around to score on a single to left by Perez.

Neither team plated a run until the Rattlers finally got on the scoreboard with a single run in the top of the fifth.

The Institute pulled away in the last two innings, tallying half of their 10 hits in the game during that stint, and posting a single spot in the bottom of the seventh and three more in the bottom of the eighth.

The Broncos’ run in the seventh was scoring by Nicholas Palomino, who led off with a double came in on a Perez single to right.

In the eighth, Jadon Hutchins led off with a walk. Isaac Alcantara then doubled; Hutchins scored on a ground out by Paulo Rodriguez and Rudy Solis was hit by pitch. Palomino then doubled to right plating Alcantara, with Solis finally touching home plate on a ground out by Henry Paulino.

Five pitchers toed the rubber for NMMI in the second game, with the four relievers combining for a no-hit performance during last 4.1 innings of play. Starter Gerry Lerma, Jr. went 4.2 innings, allowing five hits and one run with two walks and three Ks. Estevan De La O threw one pitch and got one out to help NMMI retain their slim lead through the top of the fifth. Alan Aguero pitched the next two innings and had one strikeout; Jake Guerrero completed the eighth by striking out all three Rattler batters; and Alex Bustamante collected two strikeouts as the Institute closer.

Three players hit .500 or better during the two games on Saturday. Alcantara was a perfect 2-for-2 with two doubles and a run scored; Nemecek was 4-for-8 with a triple and two runs; and Perez went 2-for-4 with a pair doubles, an RBI, and a run.

“We got a little bit better offensively today,” said Bronco head coach Chris Cook. “But the story of the weekend goes to the bullpens. Our bullpen held serve –we pitched 15 and a third innings and gave up just one total run, earned or unearned. Their starters pitched late into the game, but their bullpen gave up a few extra runs.”

The Broncos will be back in action next weekend, taking on Eastern New Mexico University’s JV team on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 8-9. The first game on both days is slated for a high noon start at the NMMI Ballpark.

Broncos win season opener with walk-off double

The Bronco baseball team won their first game of the season in grand fashion, taking down the Rattlers 4-3 in extra innings with a walk-off double by Cedric Reynaud. Reynaud’s hit came in the bottom of the ninth of a game originally scheduled for seven innings. Photos courtesy of Shutternut.

NMMI Sports Press

The New Mexico Military Institute Bronco baseball team won their first game of the season in grand fashion, taking down the visiting Otero Junior College Rattlers 4-3 in extended play.

With no outs in the bottom of the ninth in a game originally scheduled for seven innings, veteran sophomore catch Cedric Reynaud took a 2-0 pitch deep to centerfield, doubling in freshman Dylan DiLorenzo from second base for the winning run. DiLorenzo started the inning with a pinch-hit single up the middle. He then advanced to second after an Otero throwing error on a pick-off play.

The Rattlers scored the first runs in the contest, going up 2-0 in the top of the second with a pair of walks, a double and a single.

NMMI tied it up in the bottom of the fourth. Lead-off batter Johnnie Nemecek got a Texas-league single to shallow left-center. Julian Galindo followed with a single to left. After a fly out, both runners advanced a base on a wild pitch. Miguel Soto got NMMI’s first RBI of 2019 with a ground out to third, and Henry Paulino singled past third to drive in another run.

And 2-2 is where the score stayed until extra innings, Otero breaking up the tie with a single spot in the top of the eighth. The Rattlers had a chance to win it after Soto hit a ground ball to shortstop with two outs and one on, but a throwing error saw him safe and also allowed Nemecek, who had stolen second base after a walk to start the inning, to score. NMMI was unable to plate another run, and the game proceeded, tied at 3s, to the ninth.

Jadon Archuleta came in for relief and sat OJC down in order in the top half of the stanza, before the bats of DiLorenzo and Reynaud combined for aforementioned winning run.

NMMI collected eight hit in the home opener, scattered through eight Bronco players. Paulino had the Broncos’ only other RBI.

Three pitchers took the mound for NMMI. Starter Adrian Arpero threw four complete with six Ks, three walks, three hits and two runs, both earned. David Chavez also went four as first relief, allowing just one earned run while striking-out seven. Archuleta’s single-inning, minimum-batters-faced performance earned the win – he had one strikeout.

In game two, OJC started the scoring with a two run home run to go up 2-0 in the first inning.

NMMI answered back in the bottom half of the inning with a run of their own. Nemecek reached base on a single, stole second, and advanced on a wild pitch to go to third. Gabriel Perez Torres would score Nemecek on a single to bring back NMMI within one.

OJC scored two runs in the top of the second, and another in the fourth to widen their lead, 5-1.

The Broncos’ final two runs of the ballgame came in the bottom of the fourth. Perez Torres reached on a single, stole second, advanced to third on a wild pitch, then scored on a double down the left field line by Blaze Tenorio. Tenorio also advanced to third on a wild pitch before scoring on a throwing error by the Rattler catcher

NMMI had just one hit in the final three innings, unable to plate the runs to force a tie and get the shot at the walk-off heroics of the season opener.

The Broncos used two pitcher in Game 2. NMMI starter Tyler Hardwick threw four innings collecting two strikeouts and surrendering five hits. Jose Cabanillas did not allow a single hit in his three innings of relief, striking out four Rattlers during that span.

”Their starters kept us off balance during both games,” said Head Bronco baseball coach Chris Cook. “We were not aggressive in certain situations at the plate to capitalize when we needed too. We pitched great today just a couple of mistakes in Game 2 that they took advantage of and that was the difference.”

The Broncos will finish the series against Otero Junior College tomorrow with a double header starting at 12:00 PM at the NMMI Ballpark.

Late three-pointer gives Broncos road win in Snyder

NMMI freshman point guard Keith Deloatch looks to penetrate the Howard College defense in a game at home vs. the Hawks on Jan. 21.


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In a game that featured both a big first-half comeback and late game heroics, the New Mexico Military Institute basketball team rose victorious, earning a 78-75 win over conference foe Western Texas College in Snyder, TX.

The Westerners went on a 16-2 run to start the game, prompting a time out by Bronco head coach Sean Schooley. After the break in play, NMMI finished the half on a 32-14 run, and entered the locker room up 34-30.

In the second half, it was a back and forth battle between the two teams, where no team ever held more than a five point lead.

In the final 19 seconds of the game, the Westerners called a timeout, down 75-72, and drew up a play. Schooley set up his team’s defense on the outside, trying to stop an open shot from behind the arc, but WTC still managed to hit 35-foot three (almost 12 feet past the longest part of the NBA’s three-point arc) to tie up the game 75-75 with 12 seconds left in regulation.

Full-court pressure started to harass Bronco guard Keith Deloatch immediately after he got the inbound pass, but quickly backed off. Deloatch seemed a bit confused by the defensive switch, but quickly recovered, made a few dribbles up court, then aired out a 65-foot prayer.  His appeal was answered in the affirmative, resulting in NMMI’s second conference road-win of the season.

As a team the Broncos shot 88% (22-25) from the charity stripe and out rebounded Western Texas 48-36.

Isaiah Francis was a large part of that fantastic feat at the free-throw line with a perfect 18-for-18 performance. He led the Broncos with 32 points.

NMMI also had excellent production off the bench, as both Anthony Mensah and Jeremy Parsley put up double figures with 13 and 12 points respectively.

Along with the game-winning shot, Deloatch topped the Bronco roster with 11 rebounds.

“The guys hung in the game fought a hard battle and won it,” said coach Schooley, who was thrilled for his team. “Any win in this league is a good win, but a road win is hard to come by.”

Next up for the Broncos – 7-14 overall and 2-6 in the WJCAC – will be a home conference game against Clarendon College on Thursday, Jan. 31 with a 6:00 PM tipoff.