Despite the nasty weather, St. Michael's took first place Tuesday in District 2-4A, edging visiting Taos from its five-game winning streak
Senior Curtis Rogers makes up for fly-ball miscue as snow fell to deliver a clutch single and score the lead run
By ARNIE LESHIN
Even if it was "snow good" to play, St. Michael's did so Tuesday afternoon at its Christian Brothers Athletic Complex baseball and softball fields, both against District 2-4A rival Taos.
At the baseball diamond, a late snowstorm caused a 20-minute delay in the District 2-4A game, but despite this, the Horsemen came away with a 3-2 win to advance to 10-7 overall, 3-1 in the district and possession of first place.
Now they only have to be concerned about the weather for practice, with their next contest scheduled for a home game against district opponent Pojoaque Valley on April 11.
It also snapped the Tigers' five-game win streak as they played their initial district contest, and they are 8-4 overall.
The game was tied at 1-1 when Taos took a 2-1 lead in the top of the sixth complements of the windy, snowy, nasty weather.
As the storm rolled in, St. Michael's senior outfielder Curtis Rogers was tracking a deep fly by Taos' senior Tyrone Green when the ball disappeared into the white backdrop.
"He just lost it in the snow," said first-year Horsemen head coach Augustin Ruiz. "And then the ball came down and hit him square in the nose."
It turned into a 3-base miscue that allowed Green to score shortly after. But what followed before that was a brief delay and the tarps brought out to cover the mound and home plate.
When it eventually let up, St. Michael's answered back in the bottom of the inning, and Rogers contributed with a single after senior Jonah Baca walked.
Both advanced on a sacrifice bunt by freshman Marcos Leyba, then scored when sophomore Aiden Gantt placed a single in between short and third, collided with the first baseman on the late throw to first, and when he jarred the ball loose, in came the tying and lead runs.
Horsemen pitcher Sean Latham, a junior, ran his record to 3-2 and gained his second straight win. He started, he finished, yielding two runs, walking two and striking out three.
Senior Jason Romero went 2-for-3 at the plate for St. Michael's, with Baca, Rogers and junior James Henna adding a hit apiece, and Gantt's fielder's choice bringing in the two key runs.
In five innings, St. Michael's softball beats Taos, including snow that shortened district contest
Lady Horsemen credited with 5-2 win in five innings
By ARNIE LESHIN
Starting sophomore pitcher Lynnsey Gildwell went the five-inning distance as St. Michael's softball team turned back visiting Taos, 5-2, Tuesday in nasty weather that brought enough snow after five frames that forced the game to be called.
How much snow? Well, it was enough to cover the outfield grass and make conditions unsafe. But it didn't keep the Lady Horsemen from moving to a 4-10 overall record and earn their first triumph in four District 2-4A outings. Gildwell struck out four and could be thankful for the defense behind her.
St. Michael's scored four times in the first inning, while the Tigers (5-6, 0-1) came up with a run each in the second and fourth frames. In the fifth, the Lady Horsemen added an insurance run.
The hit parade was led by seniors Anejelique Martinez and Dominque Martinez, with each going 2-for-3, and sophomore Michelle Salazar scored twice after getting hit by a pitch both times.
St. Michael's has a game scheduled at home Friday versus Albuquerque Sandia Prep, weather permitting.