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Ruidoso Free Press

April 24, 2012


Lady Tigers coach not disappointed Ruidoso girls By Todd Fuqua Sports Editor CAPITAN – Capitan softball coach Rodney Griego knows it’s dangerous to overestimate a team. Two days after they swept Mesilla Valley to remain undefeated in District 4-1A/2A, the Lady Tigers learned just how dangerous underestimating a team can be, falling to Dexter 7-5, April 19, in what was the Lady Demons’ sixth win of the season. For one inning at least, it looked as though the Lady Tigers would continue Dexter’s losing ways by taking a 3-1 lead, but then the Lady Demons scored four runs in the top of the second to take a lead they wouldn’t relinquish. Dexter (6-14) took advantage of walks and wild pitches by Lady Tiger starter Sidni Hughes, who allowed those four runs in the second inning thanks to five walks and two wild pitches. The Lady Demons had only one hit in the frame, and were held to just three base knocks in the entire game. The biggest hit for Dexter was a 2-RBI single by Sandra Madrid in the second inning. Capitan (12-5) had problems hitting against Lady Demon starter Taylor Miles, whose fastball wasn’t as fast as the Lady Tigers are accustomed to seeing. “We have a harder time with pitchers that are a bit slower. She’s a fine pitcher, but it’s just slower than we’re used to,” Griego said. “We also had only about six girls hitting today, instead of all nine.” After spotting Dexter a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, Capitan wasted little time evening things up in the bottom of the frame when leadoff hitter Teyna Montoya slammed a pitch over left fielder Arianna Otero’s head. Otero fell down on the play and the ball rolled to the fence. That allowed the speedy Montoya to round the bases for an inside-the park home run. The Lady Tigers scored two more runs on a run scoring single by Kymbra Espinosa and RBI double by

Lady Demons 7, Lady Tigers 5 Dexter 140 100 1 – 7 3 5 Capitan 301 000 1 – 5 7 1 dex – Taylor Miles and sandra Madrid. Cap – sidni hughes and Jamie Fields. W – hughes. L – Fields. hR – Cap (Teyna Montoya). 3B – Cap (hughes). 2B – dex (Veonica duran), Cap (hughes, Maritza Nava). LOB – dex 7, Cap 4.

Norris was able to run it down for the final out, and the Dexter celebration began. Thursday’s game marked the final non-district tilt for Capitan. Griego said the loss may have been disappointing for his team, but it actually didn’t hurt the Lady Tigers as much as some might thing. “This was good timing for something like this. We can learn from it,” Griego said. “This wasn’t a district game, and it wasn’t in the state tournament. I would rather have a game like this than beat someone 40-0. This was more of a challenge.”

Hughes, but Hughes was thrown out trying to stretch it into a triple, which stopped the momentum. Each team later scored a run each, then both defenses settled down to hold each other scoreless until the final inning. Dexter again took advantage of a Wins at Cruces The Lady Tigers’ day at Mesilla little Hughes wildness, as the Capitan Valley was good in more ways than pitcher hit Haley Norris to put her one. on base. Norris stole second base, Capitan won 14-0 and 14-1 advanced to third on a groundout by thanks to a lot of hitting. Pearl Duran, then scored on a wild “This was actually a challenge pitch. for us, although the scoring doesn’t Capitan got two hits in the final half inning, but only scored once, and reflect it,” Griego said. “Their starting pitcher was about as good as it even that was almost an out. gets, and that shows how well our Montoya, on with a fielders girls hit the ball.” choice with two outs, almost recordGriego said every member of his ed the final out of the game when team (6-0 district) hit the ball well, she rounded the bag at third followwhile pitcher Sidni Hughes allowed ing a Fields single and was caught in a rundown. She was able to score no hits at all in the two games. when a throw by Dexter third baseman Arianna Chavez went awry. “There were a couple of bad calls on the basepaths, but I’m aggressive and it’s hard to change that from game to game,” Griego said. “Of course, Teyna said she always had that under control.” Espinosa got a hold of a pitch and drove it to left center field after Todd Fuqua/Ruidoso Free Press that, but Lady Ruidoso second baseman Teyna Montoya connects for Demon center- a hit during her team’s softball game against Dexter at fielder Haley Capitan April 26.

New and improved times for Ruidoso By Todd Fuqua Sports Editor Ruidoso’s track squad got a real test of its mettle at Artesia on Friday. The Warriors were one of only four 3A schools at the meet – Hope Christian, Lovington and Socorro were the other – and the competition from big and mid-sized schools alike was brutal. As a result, neither the boys or girls placed very high in the team standings – but while the Ruidoso

boys trailed defending state champion Lovington and challenger Socorro, they didn’t trail them by much. There were even some new state qualifiers, something that didn’t happen at last week’s Warrior Invitational in Ruidoso. “We were just trying to improve on individual marks, for the most part,” said Ruidoso coach Colt Harrelson. Freshman Travis Mosher qualified in the high jump with a leap of

5 feet, 10 inches, while the Lady Warrior mile relay got in with a time of 4:23.25. Freshman Andi Harrelson also got a time of 1:02.95 to qualify in the 400, and was fourth overall in the long jump with a leap of 16-2. Tanner Chavez was one of those that improved on his state qualifying mark, doing so in the shot put with a throw of 4810½. He was third overall, while teammate Matthew Carr was fifth with a heave of 46 feet even.

TiGeRs from pg. 13 to first by Chris Taylor. The lead didn’t last long, as Capitan got a run on a hard hit double by Wilcox to score Bobby Hughes. The ball hit the top six inches of the fence before falling back to the field. Just three inches higher, Wilcox would have had a two run home run. The Tigers then got four runs in the second inning and scored in every inning from then on excepting the sixth. That inning was particularly frustrating for Capitan, as they had the bases loaded with two outs, needing just two to bring the game to a close on the 10-run rule. But a hard grounder hit by Wilcox went straight to Warrior third baseman Tucker Bruns, who fielded it and stepped on third to retire Villegas for the third out. No runs for Capitan,

and are at home this and Gateway coming to Thursday for a doublebat. Rapp said his team header against Artesia’s never quit, and their performance in the top of the junior varsity to end the regular season. seventh proved it. The Warriors scored two runs on a sacrifice fly to center by Taylor and an RBI single by Stephen Bechtel, but Tiger pitcher Tracker Bowen – who also went the distance for Capitan – struck out Chris Bonham to end the game. The Tigers faced Elida on the road Monday in their final District 4-1A game of the season, Bowen

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As well as the Warrior duo has done in the event this season, Harrelson said they’ll find the going rough at state. “To have two in the top six with this level of competition is really good, but four out of the top six were in 3A,” Harrelson said. “That’s how tough Class 3A is in this event.” This coming Friday is the Socorro Invitational, a meet Harrelson opted for instead of the Mirmanian Invite in Las Cruces. “This will be an all 3A meet, and we’ll be seeing a lot of schools from up north there,” Harrelson said. “Portales and Lovington are about the only teams that won’t be there, but they’re in our district, so we’ve seen them plenty. “This is pretty much a preview of the 3A state meet,” he added. “This will help us with strategy when we get to state.”

fall just short

By Todd Fuqua Sports Editor It has not been an easy season for the Ruidoso tennis team, but on April 19, the Lady Warriors came close to earning a District 3-1A/3A victory over New Mexico Military Institute. Ruidoso lost 5-4, but had some really good matches and wins that gave both them and coach Dennis Johnston some confidence. Probably the most exciting victory for Ruidoso came at No. 5 singles, which pitted eighth grader Erika French against NMMI’s Choe Ikard. French won 7-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-3 in an exhausting match that pitted two players whose Erika French playing styles were almost identical. “That was an awesome match,” Johnston said. “Both were so similar and kept hitting that ball back and forth. There were a lot of great volleys.” The team match came down to No. 3 singles, with Frida Moheng taking NMMI’s Mariah Garcia to three sets before falling 6-3, 3-6, 6-2. That tipped the scale in the Lady Colts’ favor. “It would have been nice to win this, to give us a better seed in district,” Johnston said. “But the matches gave them a lot of confidence.” On the boys side, NMMI made short work of the Warriors, sweeping to a 9-0 victory. Daniel Marshall at No. 1 singles gave Gavin Lynch a run for his money, though, falling 6-3, 6-2. “That was their best player, and the best Daniel’s played all year,” Johnston said. “He knew what he had to do to be competitive.” Ruidoso district season continued Monday at Lovington, and the Warriors will be back in Lovington this weekend for the district tournament.


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