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Hailie Delgado at bat against Valencia. The Tigers won 12-11 on a walk-off home run in the bottom of the last inning.

Belen baseball

The Belen Eagles were in Artesia for a tournament on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and the results were mixed.

The Eagles opened the tournament with an 18-0 loss to Carlsbad in five innings.

The next day did not fair any better for Belen, as they would drop a 4-0 decision to Clovis.

The Eagles did rebound on Saturday to win against Moriarty by a final of 8-1.

Belen is now 6-6 on the season, and will have four games this upcoming week.

First is a home game against Gallup, then a road game against West Mesa. Finally, Belen will end the week with a double header on Saturday against Del Norte with both games being held in Albuquerque.


Valencia baseball

The Valencia Jaguars played two games last week, both on the road.

The Jags opened the week with a heartbreaking loss to Santa Fe. Valencia had a 9-7 lead heading in to the bottom of the seventh. That’s when Santa Fe pushed three runs across to take a 10-9 victory.

Emilio Gonzales went 3-for-5 with a double and drove in two runs and stole a base. Drake Morehead went 2-for-4 and drove in two runs as well.

Valencia traveled to meet Los Lunas to end the week, and it was a case of deja vu for the Jags. After leading 8-7 heading in to the bottom of the seventh inning, Los Lunas pushed across two runs to defeat the Jags by a final of 9-8.

Gonzales went 2-for-3 and drove in a run in that contest. Eliseo Ramirez was 1-for-4 and drove in two runs.

The Jaguars are now 5-5 on the season, and will have four games this upcoming week.

To start the week the Jags will host Pojoaque Valley for a double header. Then, they will end the week with a double header at Miyamura on Saturday.


Los Lunas baseball

The Los Lunas Tigers had just one game last week, and it was a successful one.

For the second time this season, the Tigers got by in-county rival Valencia, this time it was a 9-8 victory.

Trailing 8-7 heading into the last half inning of the game, the Tigers bats came up big and pushed across two runs to take the win.

Kaden Chavez went 2-for-4 with 3 runs batted in for Los Lunas, while Fabian Trujillo and Karlos Cieremans each had two stolen bases in the contest.

With the win Los Lunas is now 7-5 on the season. They will have a busy week with three games on tap.

First is a road game at La Cueva, then home games with Eldorado and Cibola to end the week.


Belen softball

The Belen Lady Eagles played twice last week, and picked up victories in each one.

The week began with an 11-1 victory over Dexter at BHS.

The Lady Eagles then followed that up with a 7-4 victory over Los Alamos.

Belen is now 4-7 on the season and will play four games this week.

First up is a game at West Las Vegas. The Lady Eagles will then come home to play Hope Christian on Friday before playing a double header at Lovington on Saturday.


Los Lunas softball

The Lady Tigers were busy last week, playing in four games.

Los Lunas opened the week with a bang against in-county rival, Valencia.

In a back-and-forth contest, the Tigers went into the bottom half of the seventh inning tied at 11-11 with the Lady Jaguars. That is when Aaliyah

LLHS softball players mob Aaliyah Vigil after her game winning home run over Valencia recently. The Lady Tigers came away with a 12-11 victory.

Vigil stepped to the plate for the fourth time in the contest.

In her first three at bats, Vigil was held hitless, but she made the most of her fourth trip, as she sent a ball over the center field wall for a walk-off home run that gave the Lady Tigers a 12-11 victory.

Vigil’s teammate, Marleigh Manns went 3-for-4 with two home runs and four runs scored.

Los Lunas then went to Artesia to play in a tournament. The Tigers played three games in two days.

To open the tournament, the Lady Tigers fell to Carlsbad by a final of 19-0. Kylieh Lovato picked up the only hit of the game for Los Lunas.

On Saturday the Tigers lost to Goddard by a final of 14-8 and then ended the day with a loss to Cobre, 12-2.

The Lady Tigers are now 3-6 on the season, and will take part in the Rio Rancho Tournament at the end of this week.


Valencia softball

The Lady Jaguars played in three contests last week, b

ut it turned out rough for Valencia in all three.

To start the week, the Lady Jaguars lost to Los Lunas, 12-11, in the aforementioned Aaliyah Vigil home run game.

Neveah Bracamonto would have a big day at the plate for Valencia, going 3-for-5 and driving in a run. She scored a run during the game, and stole two bases.

Valencia would then play a double header at Bloomfield on Saturday. Unfortunately, the Lady Jaguars would drop both contests.

In the first game, Valencia lost 18-4 after leading 2-0 in the first inning.

Alayna Pacheco went 1-for-2 and drove in two runs for the Lady Jaguars, while Bracamonto went 2-for-2 with a double.

In the second contest with Bloomfield, the Lady Jaguars lost 13-5.

Rosalyn Rael went 3-for-3 with a home run, a double, and drove in two runs.

The Lady Jaguars are now 1-7 on the season, and will have a busy week with four games.

First up is a road game at Del Norte. Then, they will travel to Rio Rancho to participate in the Kristen Griego Memorial Tournament on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

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Adam Evarts is a graduate of the University of New Mexico where he studied journalism and history. He has lived in Valencia County most of his life. Adam covers sports for the Valencia County News-Bulletin, including prep competitions for the three local high schools, Senior Olympics, rodeo, Little League and more.