VHS Jaguars softball
The Lady Jags have powered their way to a two-game winning streak, grabbing a couple of wins in district last week.
Valencia began the week with a 15-0 win over Grants to start their week off, then clobbered Highland 23-0.
The win over Grants got the Lady Jaguars to 4-11 on the season, and had been their biggest run output in one-game for the season at the time. That would be topped against Highland.
Neveah Bracamonte threw a no-hitter in the game against Highland. Her perfect game was only denied by one walk in the contest. She also struck out nine Highland batters in the victory.
At the plate and on the base path, Bracamonte’s big day continued. She went 2-for-3 batting, driving in a run, scoring four runs of her own and stole four bases.
Layla Pacheco and McKayla Barka drove in three runs a piece in the lopsided contest.
The Lady Jaguars are now 5-11 on the season and 2-1 in District 5-4A play. They have a very busy week ahead with four games on the ledger.
First is a makeup game with Del Norte that was postponed a couple weeks ago because of snow. Following that will be trips to St. Pius and Belen for district action, and then they will host Valley on Saturday.
Belen Eagles softball
Belen extended their winning streak last week, and then had it snapped the very next night.
The Lady Eagles pushed their run of luck to five games when they beat Albuquerque Academy 13-3.
Belen’s offense pounded out 11 hits in the win, drew eight walks and scored nine earned runs of their 13.
The next night, the Lady Eagles built a 6-3 lead heading into the last half inning of the game against St. Pius.
The Lady Sartans put together a four-run half inning to capture the win via walkoff to end the winning streak for Belen.
The Lady Eagles sit at 11-10 on the season and 2-1 in District 5-4A. They have three games coming up on the near schedule.
Up first is a visit from Grants to BHS. Then, the Lady Jaguars of Valencia will pay the Hub City a visit before Highland entertains the Lady Eagles early next week in Albuquerque.
VHS Jaguars baseball
The Jaguars got back into the win column last week when they played host to the Highland Hornets at Valencia High School.
Martin Chavez, Andrew Apodaca and Daniel Jaramillo had three runs batted in a piece to power the Jaguars to a 24-1 victory over the visiting Hornets.
Valencia pounded out 19 hits in the decisive victory, with Chavez and Apodaca both hitting triples during the contest.
Apodaca was also the starting pitcher, but with the game out of reach early, he only went two innings before being pulled for relief. Apodaca only gave up two hits and struck out four batters during his time on the mound.
Valencia is now 8-9 on the season and 1-1 in District 5-4A action this season. They will go to St. Pius and then host Belen during action this week.
LLHS Tigers baseball
The Tigers upped their winning streak with a pair of wins over the weekend at home.
On Saturday, Los Lunas hosted Santa Fe in a double-header at LLHS, with the Tigers taking both games.
In game one, the Tigers overcame a 7-1 deficit to win 8-7 in eight innings.
Paul Cieremans led the way at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a double, a triple and three runs batted in.
Cieremans’ day at the plate made up for a rough outing on the mound. Going only three innings, Cieremans gave up seven runs–only three of those earned–walked four and struck out six.
Noah Madrid pitched five innings in relief, striking out seven while allowing no runs.
In game two, the Tigers needed just the standard seven innings to pick up the win, this one coming by a 10-4 score.
Los Lunas drew eight walks at the plate, and scored seven runs in the fifth to take command of the contest late.
Ryan Castillo shined on the mound, working six innings, giving up two earned runs and striking out 11 Demon batters.
The Tigers are 12-6 and a perfect 4-0 in District 5-5A this season. Up next for LLHS is a trio of home games this week. First, Eldorado will pay the Tigers a visit, then a double-header on Saturday against Capital will finish the action for the week.
Belen Eagles baseball
The winning streak came to an end this past week for Belen, after dropping their lone contest on the week to St. Pius to snap a four-game good fortune.
Despite keeping the game within striking distance at 8-5 after five innings, Belen could not slow down the Sartans in the sixth, giving up six runs that allowed St. Pius to put the game out of reach, 14-5.
Tyler Martinez had a rough go of it on the mound, as he was credited with the loss during his start. He is now 1-2 on the season and also has a save.
With the loss, Belen is now 9-7 on the season and 1-1 in Distrist 5-4A action. The Eagles’ three games on deck in their upcoming schedule.
First up are road games with Grants and in-county rival Valenica, before they come home to host Highland early next week.
(Editor’s note: LLHS softball scores were not reported to the News-Bulletin.)
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.