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Desert Academy earns program’s first win

April 3, 2019

It took just five games, but the Desert Academy baseball program reached a milestone Tuesday.

The Wildcats used a five-run eighth inning to beat Tierra Encantada, 10-6, in a District 4-1A/2A game at Franklin Miles Field. The win was the first for the first-year varsity program, and it doubled as the first district win, to boot.

Oh, and Desert Academy is on top of the district at 1-0.

Jonathan Toya, the Wildcats head coach, called it a good first step for his young team.

“I think we are the youngest varsity team in the state,” Toya said. “We have three freshmen and a sophomore, and the rest are all eighth graders. So, the program is definitely looking up. We had some good bounces that went our way.”

That was especially true in the top of the eighth. Ethan Garcia had a two-run single to break a 5-all tie, then the Wildcats (1-3-1 overall, took advantage of consecutive passed balls on strikeouts that were compounded by throwing errors that allowed three more runs to score for a 10-5 lead.

It took the pressure off of eighth grader Tiger Romero, who allowed a run in the eighth inning before getting out of the inning. He pitched the last three innings, and allowed two runs (one earned) on two hits and a walk for the win. Not to be outdone, freshman starter Cameron Motola allowed three runs on four hits and six walks in five innings.

Garcia was 2-for-5 with two RBIs and three runs scored, while Sam Nelson had a two-run triple in five at-bats.

Tierra Encantada fell to 1-2, 0-1.

West Las Vegas 3, St. Michael’s 2

The Dons made a gutsy call in the bottom of the seventh inning of a 2-3A opener at Christian Brothers Athletic Complex, as they elected to intentionally walk the No. 1 and 2 batters in the Horsemen lineup to place the tying run at second base with one out. The strategy worked as a double play ended the game and West Las Vegas (6-3) moved to the top of the district standings.

St. Michael’s fell to 6-6, 0-1.

Softball

Santa Fe Indian School 8, Raton 3

Santa Fe Indian School 15, Raton 0 (four innings)

The only thing Lady Braves head coach Oliver Torres could complain about his team’s 2-3A-opening doubleheader sweep

was another slow start in Game 1.

It was scoreless after one inning before SFIS (10-4, 2-0) posted runs in every inning but the fourth to pull away. During the intermission between games, Torres emphasized getting off to a fast start in Game 2.

“Some of our girls came out not ready and a little tentative offensively,” Torres said. “We were letting some good pitches get by us. I think it was just us coming out completely ready and focused.”

SFIS scored two runs in the first, another in the second and two more in the third before exploding for nine runs in the fourth to invoke the 15-run mercy rule.

Raton fell to 2-5, 0-2.