Los Lunas baseball extends winning streak; softball recap

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The Eagles shared their two games hosted last week against Grants and Valencia.

Against the Pirates on the road, the Eagles took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Grants responded in the second with a run by himself.

The floodgates then opened in the third inning for Grants, as the Pirates crossed 10 runs to take an 11-1 lead. From there, the Pirates played great defense and had great shooting to claim the aforementioned 11-1 victory.

Against Valencia, the Eagles got back on track.

A two-run third inning against the Jaguars gave Belen just enough cushion to claim a 4-3 victory.

After last week’s action, the Eagles are 10-8 this season and 2-2 in district play.

The Eagles have four games left on their regular season schedule. Next week they will play two of those matches – one against Highland, then a road tilt with St. Pius.

Los Lunas Baseball

Los Lunas made it seven in a row after last week’s games. The Tigers picked up three wins during the week.

To start the week, the Tigers hosted Eldorado.

Los Lunas pounces early and often. Score runs in all but one innings during the match to walk away with a 10-4 win.

Casey Herrell went 3 for 4 with three runs scored and two runs scored by himself. Gavin Madrid clinched the win on the mound, going 5.1 innings, giving up an earned run and striking out six.

Los Lunas then turned their attention to a double header against Capital on Saturday. Propelled by six runs in the bottom of the third inning, the Tigers won the game 10-0.

Karlos Cieremans had a big day at home plate. He went 4 for 4 with a home run, two doubles and four RBIs.

Ryan Castillo worked all five sets in the win; allowing no runs and striking out 10 Jaguar batters.

In Game 2 against Capital, it was deja vu for the Tigers as they took one victory after another, 10-0.

This time it was Gavin Baca swinging the hot bat. Baca went 2 for 3 with two triples and four runs.

Paul Cieremans contested five rounds; its only flaw was a knock. Cieremans also netted eight goals in his start in which he picked up the win.

Los Lunas are now 15-6 on the season and 6-0 in the district. This week they will have a Thursday night doubleheader with Rio Grande as the only action of the week.

Valencia Baseball

It’s been a tough week for the Jaguars as they ended up losing in both of their games last week.

Valencia faced St. Pius first, in a game that saw the Jags trail 6-0 in the first set. Valencia tried to get back in the game, at one point with 10-4, but Sartans were too strong, beating Valencia 15-5.

Daniel Jaramillo was a bright spot for Valencia, as he went 1 for 2 and made two points.

Then came an appointment with Belen, county rival. Despite an eight-strikeout outing by Andrew Apodaca, the Jaguars lost a 4-3 final against the Eagles.

Valencia now sit 8-11 on aggregate and 1-3 in the district. The Jaguars will be looking to get back into the win column with two games this week. First, a road game with Highland, then the Jaguars will visit Grants.

Softball in Valencia

The Lady Jaguars had a tough week last week, dropping all three games.

Against St. Pius, Valencia took a 3-2 lead, only to see it disappear with a fourth inning six-run St. Pius. Valencia would add a run in the fifth and sixth innings, but Sartans proved too tough, winning the game 11-5.

Faith Aguilar would go 1 for 2 at home plate, with a double and two RBIs. Nevaeh Bracamonte also drove in two runs during the game.

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Nevaeh Bracamonte throws for Valencia in their game against Valley last Saturday.

The Lady Jags then visited Belen in the Central City. Despite taking the lead twice during the match, Valencia couldn’t hold the Eagles at bay, giving up a 7-4 decision.

Miranda Garcia went 1 for 4 with a double and two runs scored in the loss.

On Saturday, the Lady Jaguars hosted Valley on VHS. Despite trailing 5-0, Valencia weren’t giving up, slowly eating away at the Vikings’ lead.

Valencia cut the lead to 5-3 in the fourth with a great base run.

Then, after allowing another run from Valley to make it 6-3, the Jaguars earned two runs in the bottom of the seventh to close 6-5.

The Lady Jaguars got the tying point first, but couldn’t advance it, losing to Valley in a 6-5 final.

Bracamonte went 2 for 3 with a double and two runs. Cambria Garley hit a triple and drove in her own run.

Valencia are now 5-14 on the season and 2-3 in the district. The Lady Jags have two games this week, one against Sandia, then they will face Highland the following night.

Softball Belen

The Lady Eagles found their way back to winning ways last week, winning both games they played.

Belen hosted Grants to start the week, and the Eagles beat the visitors 18-0.

Then came the visit of the county rival of Valencia.

Belen rallied from behind twice, once 1-0 and another 3-2, to claim a 7-4 win.

The Lady Eagles are now 13-10 for the season and 4-1 in district action. They will play Highland and then host St. Pius this week.

Softball Los Lunas

The Lady Tigers played three games last week and went 1-2.

Against La Cueva to start the week, Los Lunas found no offense, and no way to slow the Bears down in a 16-0 loss.

The Lady Tigers hoped their luck would turn with a double-header against Capital last Saturday. At the start of the first game, it looked like it was. Los Lunas took a 2-0 lead early in the first, only to see it hastily evaporate late in the first.

Capital had five runs in the first to take a 5-2 lead.

Capital added two more in the second set, and that was more than enough as they beat Los Lunas 7-4.

In Game 2, luck finally struck for Los Lunas. After leading 2-1 after four innings, the Lady Tigers exploded with five runs in the fifth to take a 6-2 lead.

Capital wasn’t done, as they scored five of their own in the sixth to take a 7-6 lead.

In the seventh, Los Lunas staged a rally and came away with three points to regain the lead at 9-7.

Capital didn’t go as they would have forced extra innings with two runs in the bottom of the seventh to tie it at 9-9.

In the eighth, Los Lunas beat Capital pitcher Athena Grimley for seven runs to take a 16-9 lead.

The Lady Tigers held on late in the set, allowing just two runs to claim a 16-11 victory.

Los Lunas are now 7-13 this season and 3-3 in district play. Next up for the Lady Tigers is a week off before they play their final three games over two days from April 29.



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