Robertson tops Lady Braves in softball doubleheader

April 29, 2019 GMT

The Santa Fe Indian School softball team had a chance to make a statement Saturday afternoon, but Las Vegas Robertson had a reply.

Lady Cardinals ace McKayla Encinias powered past the Lady Braves to win 4-2 in the opener of a District 2-3A home doubleheader in Las Vegas, N.M.

Then Robertson again held off SFIS in Game 2 for an 8-7 win. The Lady Cardinals (14-8 overall, 8-1 in 2-3A) are a win away from securing their sixth straight district title.

Encinias pitched a complete game in the opener, allowing two runs on seven hits and a pair of walks with six strikeouts. She and Makayla Quintana each hit solo home runs.

In Game 2, SFIS took a 4-0 lead after an inning. Encinias struck again in the third with a grand slam that tied the score at 4-4, then the Lady Cardinals added another run.

The Lady Braves, who were down to 12 players, had one player leave the game and lost two more to ejections in the fourth inning.

Oliver Torres, the Lady Braves head coach, declined to comment on the ejections, but said he was proud of his team’s determination to rally from an 8-4 deficit.

SFIS scored a run in the sixth and two in the seventh to cut the margin to one, and had the bases loaded with two outs in the final inning. However, because the Lady Braves had to use their designated player in the field, it eliminated a batter in the lineup. When that turn came to the plate, it led to the final out.

“As long as we competed, that is what I am most proud of with the girls,” Torres said.

Capital 13, Santa Fe High 3

Capital 16, Santa Fe High 0

(four innings)

The Lady Jaguars kept their slim playoff hopes alive with a 5-5A sweep of the struggling Demonettes at Santa Fe High.

Alex Hernandez continued her strong play. She went 3-for-4 with a pair of RBIs in Game 1, and in the finale was 3-for-3 with a double, a homer and four RBIs. Marley Cardenas had a three-hitter in the second game.

Capital head coach Sig Rivera said Santa Fe High’s pitcher kept his hitters off balance at times.

“It took a while to time the pitcher, but when we did, we were successful,” Rivera said.

Capital finishes the regular season with a home doubleheader against district leader Albuquerque Manzano on May 4.


West Las Vegas 16, Santa Fe Prep 4 (five innings)

West Las Vegas 17, Santa Fe Prep 1 (five innings)

While the Blue Griffins played a 2-3A doubleheader in Las Vegas, N.M., head coach Frank Lucero had to think ahead. With four district games left, he had to juggle his pitching staff to have players ready to pitch those contests.

He used some inexperienced pitchers, and the Dons took advantage of that. They scored twice in the fourth inning in Game 1 to help get the win.

In Game 2, senior pitcher Sam Gilbert kept the Blue Griffins within 4-1 through three innings, but Lucero pulled him to save him for the remaining games. West Las Vegas then scored 13 runs to invoke the 10-run mercy rule.

Lucero said he continued to see good things from his young squad, even though it suffered its 11 straight loss after a 2-0 start.

“A few guys were hitting the ball hard. It was just right at people,” Lucero said. “It was nice to see some of the younger guys put the bat on the ball.”

Prep plays a makeup game Monday against Raton, then has a game Tuesday against Santa Fe Indian School and a doubleheader Thursday at St. Michael’s.

Track and field

ATC sweeps SFIS Invitational

The Phoenix continue to build momentum heading into this week’s District 2-2A meet. Both the boys and girls won the team title at Santa Fe Indian School athletic complex.

The top three in both standings were similar: Academy for Technology and the Classics was followed by Thoreau and SFIS. The boys beat the Hawks, 178-93, while the girls won 207.5-101.5.

For the ATC boys, senior Chris Brewer won the discus with a throw of 130 feet,

61/2 inches and the 400-meter relay team recorded a state-qualifying time of 45.19 seconds. Ahbedoh White Eagle won the 100 and 200 meters and the long jump. He improved his 2A-best time in the 100 to 11.14. John McCombs won the pole vault, Ian Apodaca the 400 and freshman Brennan Trujillo took the high jump.

The Rittmeyer sisters went 1-2 in the 3,200 meters on the girls side, with Maggie Rittmeyer beating Lily Rittmeyer. Kamryn Hoehne took the 1,600 with Lily Rittmeyer finished second and Maiah Trujillo took third. The Phoenix girls also won all the relay events, eighth grader Noelani Van Loon was the top long jumper and Chanelle Jaeger finished first in the 400.