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Indian School, McCurdy split doubleheader

April 13, 2019

It was not the start the McCurdy Bobcats wanted, but they’ll take the finish.

The Santa Fe Indian School Braves hammered away at Bobcats pitching in the opening game of a nondistrict doubleheader at the SFIS athletic complex on Thursday afternoon, but McCurdy slipped out of town with a split. SFIS won Game 1 17-7 in five innings, but the Bobcats rallied in Game 2 from a 2-0 deficit to take a 6-3 win in eight innings.

It couldn’t have been a better start for the Braves, as they overwhelmed McCurdy with 12 runs in the first inning to take a 12-2 lead. They hammered McCurdy starting pitcher Kemmer Croff for 13 hits and a pair of walks in the opening frame before he finally stopped the rally.

A three-run third pushed the advantage to 15-2 before the Bobcats’ offense started to wake up.

McCurdy scored five runs in the fourth and fifth, but reliever A.J. Vallo couldn’t push the game into the sixth as SFIS (12-5) scored twice to invoke the 10-run mercy rule.

Cameron Ortiz was 4-for-4 with three runs scored for the Braves, while Kye Aguilar and Harlan Quintana each had three hits. Quintana recorded a double and a triple to go with three RBIs.

In the nightcap, McCurdy (4-4) rallied with single runs in the sixth and seventh to erase the Braves’ lead, then scored four times in the eighth to pull out the win.

Ortiz took the hard-luck loss, as he gave up all six runs in the final three innings, allowing 10 hits and a walk.

McCurdy 26, Pecos 25

The Lady Bobcats had everything under control in a nondistrict game at McCurdy — until they didn’t.

McCurdy went into the fifth inning just three outs away from a mercy-rule win when the Lady Panthers exploded for 12 runs and scored 24 in the final three frames.

Pecos led 19-14 after 51/2 innings and 25-24 heading into the bottom of the seventh, but the Lady Bobcats (6-6) scored twice for the walk-off win.

Olivia Cantrell led McCurdy with a 4-for-4 performance with five RBIs, while Alissa Maestas was 3-for-4 with five runs scored and a pair of runs driven in. Pecos (1-9) had Faith Flores had three hits and five RBIs to lead a 15-hit attack.