Los Lunas forced the mercy rule in a 16-1 home district opener against Belen.
“Their hard work is paying off,” said Los Lunas head coach Paul Cieremans. “We’re seeing them reap what they sow, and they’re sowing some good stuff.”
The Lady Tigers (12-7, 1-0) scored 11 runs in the first inning. Leadoff hitter senior Marissa Weldon got things rolling with a triple in her first at-bat. She finished the game going 3-for-3 with 3 RBIs.
The Lady Eagles (8-11, 0-2) made a pitching adjustment and held the Eagles to one run in the second inning. However, sophomore Emma Davids knocked a 3-run homer out of the park in the third. Junior Alexis Herrell hit a double to send sophomore Anna Cieremans in for the team’s 16th and final run of the evening.
Defensively, the Lady Tigers were a force. Sophomore Alex Tenorio pitched 5 strikeouts in the three short innings, limiting the Lady Eagles to only four hits.
Los Lunas was coming off a bit of a losing streak. They lost the final two games of the Kristin Griego Memorial Tournament in Rio Rancho, and then fell 5-3 at Eldorado. Cieremans hopes their win over Belen will get Los Lunas back on track.
“This is what we needed to get us back on the right foot,” said Cieremans. “The girls are making plays. As long as we can keep that defense going and our pitching going, then I’m looking forward to our next game.”
Belen head coach Joe Duran hopes his team will use their recent losses as a motivation for improvement. On Saturday, the Lady Eagles traveled to Bloomfield for a double-header, falling 13-2 in both games.
“We’ve got to get better,” said Duran. “If we’re going to try to make a push for a district championship, we cannot play like this deep in the season.”