Santa Fe High baseball and softball teams hit the road for Saturday's doubleheaders in Clovis, while Capital High softball team plays a non-district Saturday doubleheader up at Raton
Santa Fe Prep travels to Raton for a District 2-3A baseball doubleheader
By ARNIE LESHIN
It's a long ride to Clovis, as in 215 miles, but Saturday's doubleheaders against the Wildcats will be a better ride home if the Santa Fe High baseball and softball teams do well.
As the season winds down, it's a chance for these programs to gain some ground in their respective District 2-6A standings.
After getting away to an 8-3 start, the Demons find themselves at 0-4 in district and 8-10 overall. The Demonettes are 7-10 and 0-4.
The good news for Randy Montoya's softball team is that Clovis is winless in 19 starts, 0-4 in district. A sweep would move the Demonettes into fourth place in the six-school district. The DH is scheduled for 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. starts.
But because of the junior varsities also making the trip to play, the teams will travel on two buses.
Topping the standings is Albuquerque La Cueva, 4-0 in district and 17-2 overall. Right behind at 2-0 and 13-2 is Albuquerque Sandia, with Albuquerque Eldorado at 2-2 and 12-4, and Albuquerque Manzano at 9-6 and 2-2.
As for Tony Martinez' baseball team that had won eight of its first 11 outings, it figures to have a tougher test. Clovis is 2-2 in district and 13-7 overall. A sweep would be dandy for the Demons, a split will do, because it could get them out of last place due to Manzano also being 0-4 (6-12 overall).
On top the district is La Cueva at 5-0 and 19-1. Second at 4-0 and 18-4 is Eldorado, next comes Clovis, followed by 2-2 and 9-8 Sandia, with Manzano in the basement with SHS.
After this, Santa Fe High is home in a non district game on Tuesday versus 4A neighboring rival St. Michael's.
In 2-5A, Capital's baseball team is 0-5 and 2-16 overall. It has had losing streaks of six and currently eight. The wins came over non district schools Wingate and Santa Rosa.
Albuquerque Academy holds down the top spot at 6-0 (14-5 overall). Next comes Albuquerque Del Norte at 3-1 and 6-9, while Los Alamos is 2-1 and 7-12, and just ahead of the Jaguars is Espanola Valley at 1-3 and 3-16.
Capital has already lost, 9-5, at home to the Sundevils, but still have a doubleheader coming up against them, with a chance to escape the cellar.
Before that, the Jags are in a non district doubleheader Saturday at Raton.
In 2-4A, St. Michael's is off until the contest at the Demons, but are in a good position in the standings, 4-1 in district while 11-7 overall under new head coach Augustin Ruiz.
The Horsemen have won four of their last five, the last three by one run, 9-8 in extra innings over WLV, 3-2 over Taos, and 6-5 over Pojoaque.
But it's a fairly balanced district, with Taos at 3-2 and 11-5, Las Vegas Robertson at 3-3 and 14-6, West Las Vegas at 3-2-1 and 9-6-1, and Pojoaque Valley at 0-5-1 and 8-11-1.
Santa Fe Indian School, in 4-5A, is 12-6 overall but 0-2 in district. But the four-school district has enough time for the Braves to move up in the standings. They have to deal with Albuquerque Sandia Prep (8-9, 2-1), Bernalillo (2-1, 12-10), and East Mountain (0-1, 6-8), the next stop on the schedule for SFIS.
Softball on Saturday also finds in 2-3A, Santa Fe Prep at Raton and Tierra Encantada at Monte del Sol, Del Norte at Los Alamos in 2-5A, and in 2-4A, West Las Vegas at Robertson.
The Griffins are coached by Frank Lucero, who also had the same role when he was athletic director at Monte del Sol. They are in 2-3A and are 2-3 in district and 2-8 overall.
Raton is 9-7 overall, but leads the district at 5-0. Espanola McCurdy is 6-5 and 4-1, Pecos at 7-8 and 3-2, Tierra Encantada at 6-13 and 1-5, and Monte del Sol at 4-6 and 0-4.