Santa Fe Indian School, St. Michael’s split softball doubleheader
For Santa Fe Indian School, it had just enough juice to survive.
For St. Michael’s, it was a case of sustaining momentum.
The two softball programs got what they needed in a District 2-3A doubleheader on Saturday Christian Brothers Athletic Complex. SFIS, which was missing four starters, hammered away at the Lady Horsemen in the opening game before holding on for a 13-11 win. The Lady Horsemen finally put together a consistent performance and won the second game, 10-5.
St. Michael’s head coach Joe Alvarez and SFIS head coach Oliver Torres came away within something positive out of the split.
“I’m glad out depth came through in the first game,” Torres said. “We almost threw the game away late when we let them score five [runs, in the bottom of the seventh], and the almost caught up to us. But we dominated the game.”
“We had a good defensive game against Bernalillo [a 12-2 loss on Thursday] and in Game 2 today,” Joe Alvarez said. “It’s going to be a big difference when we lock down on defense.”
SFIS (12-5 overall, 4-2 in 2-3A) built a 6-0 lead as the Lady Horsemen struggled on offense. That changed in the third when Lynnsey Glidewell smashed a grand slam over the centerfield fence to cut the margin to 6-4. Undeterred, the Lady Braves pushed the lead to 13-6 heading into the seventh. St. Michael’s (5-7, 1-2) made a final push, scoring four times before SFIS could record an out, then loading the bases for Glidewell with two outs. She popped up to end the game.
Glidewell was stout in Game 2, keeping the Lady Braves off the board until they scored three in the fourth. By then, St. Michael’s handed her a 8-0 lead that was never threatened.
“I think that was when fatigue set in,” Torres said. “We’re playing seven games in a 10-day stretch and we’re missing those girls. Hopefully, we’ll get them back for this week.”
Capital 14, Abq. Rio Grande 0 (six innings)
Capital 17, Rio Grande 2
The Lady Jaguars rolled a couple of sevens to finish strong in their District 5-5A doubleheader opener, as they plated seven runs in their final turn at bat in each game.
In Game 1, Angelica “Jelly” Angel and Yamile Cota were both a home run away from hitting for the cycle for Capital (7-7, 2-0). Angel was 3-for-4 with two RBIs, while Cota was 4-for-4 with three RBIs. Marley Cardenas allowed just three hits and struck out eight batters as she recorded the shutout.
Emma George was a perfect 6-for-6 with a pair of doubles and two RBIs, while Alex Hernandez was 4-for-5 with three doubles and five RBIs. Sylvia Pinchiera also was 4-for-5 with two RBIs.
“We had a lot of hits and a lot of good defensive plays,” Capital head coach Sig Rivera said.
Mora 4, McCurdy 0
The Rangers (7-2) nabbed third place at the Lion Classic in Santa Rosa, as Roddy Martinez fired a two-hitter and struck out seven Bobcats (3-3).
He received help from second baseman Lafonso Castillo, who had two RBIs, and shortstop Kenneth Martinez, who also drove in a run. McCurdy senior Ubaldo Barela went 61/3 innings, allowing four runs while recording seven strikeouts.
Desert Academy 13, Mora JV 6
The Wildcats were thrown a curveball heading into the seventh-place game of the Lion Classic: they faced the junior Rangers because Mesa Vista canceled its baseball season.
Perhaps that was why it took a nine-run sixth inning for them to overcome a 6-4 deficit. Desert Academy (2-5-1) only had two hits in the frame, but it collected three walks and the junior Rangers committed five errors as 13 batters stepped to the plate.
“The more baseball, the better we get,” Desert Academy head coach Jonathan Toya said. “I was a great tournament to learn all about my team. The kids learn our baseball and situations.”
Cameron Motola went 2-for-3 with a triple, two runs scored and two RBIs for the Wildcats. Hawk Luciano-Darras was 3-for-3 with a couple of runs scored, while Pablo Carrazco-Nava had a pair of sacrifices and a walk to go with an RBI.
Farmington ran away with the Capital Invitational title, as its 23 points was 11 better than crosstown rival Piedra Vista, which was second.
The Lady Scorpions, who were without No. 2 singles player Emily Nguyen, won the No. 3 singles title with Karina Farnsworth and the team of Kaylee Fresquez and Shantel Simmons won the No. 2 doubles crown. Meanwhile, Las Vegas Robertson’s Lauren Fulgenzi took the No. 1 singles title, and Grace Vivian of Santa Fe Prep won the No. 2 flight.
Piedra Vista’s No. 1 doubles team of Sarah Dekay and Angelica Sabol won its flight.