The Belen High School boys baseball team returned from a 12-day hiatus to play the Oñate Knights on Tuesday (no score was available at News-Bulletin press time).
The Eagles entered the game with a 3-9 overall record, 0-5 in District 3-4A play. Belen hadn’t played since dropping a doubleheader to Silver High on March 28.
At the time, Eagle head coach Mike Gutierrez wasn’t looking forward to the layoff. “I don’t think this break is going to be good for us,” he said. “We were just starting to get things working, and now we have this big break.”
Now he’s eager to get his team back on the diamond.
“I’m ready for us to play again, but I hope that the guys will be ready,” he said.
The Eagles tried to take advantage of the nearly-two-week break, practicing and trying to stay focused on the rest of the district season.
Belen was on a seven-game losing skid before the break and hadn’t yet won a district game. The Eagles are hoping that all the practice during the last week will help them to come together as a team.
“We really haven’t played a full game yet,” Gutierrez said. “We’ve put together a few three-quarter games. When we hit well, we have trouble making errors, or we miss signs. At other times, we can’t hit as well. Everything just needs to come together.”
Lady Eagles–The Belen High School softball team (6-6, 2-1 in District 3-4A play) returned to the diamond after a 14-day break on Tuesday when they traveled to Las Cruces to face the Lady Knights (4-8, 1-3). Belen was riding a modest two-game winning streak after beating Oñate, in the second half of a doubleheader, and Deming, both at the Eagles’ Nest.
“We’re right in the middle of a winning streak, so this break isn’t good for us,” Lady Eagle head coach Nettie Salas said.
Salas said the Lady Eagles focused their practices on pitching and conditioning during the break. Now, Salas is just hoping the practice will pay off and her team will pick up where it left off.
“When you have a break like this, it is hard to stay focused,” Salas said. “We’ll be working hard and trying to stay focused on the task at hand.”