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Rams softball team romps to tourney title

Rio Rancho High’s Sean Gabaldon competes on Friday in singles. The Rams took on Sandia and Highland in a round-robin, but no results were called in to the Journal.  (Pat Vasquez-Cunningham/Journal)
Rio Rancho High’s Sean Gabaldon competes on Friday in singles. The Rams took on Sandia and Highland in a round-robin, but no results were called in to the Journal. (Pat Vasquez-Cunningham/Journal)
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Rio Rancho’s softball team won its own Kristin Griego Memorial Tournament last weekend with a 19-4 rout of Miyamura in the championship game.

Jessie Roane had five hits and five RBIs— including two home runs — in the victory for the Rams, who also throttled Valencia 20-2 in the semifinals.

Jordan Manno had four hits, four runs and three RBIs in the semis for the Rams. Roane also had four hits, and drove in seven runs with a home run and three doubles. Manno also homered.

Roane, Victoria Lopez, Manno and BreOnna Castañeda were all-tournament for Rio Rancho.

On Wednesday, Rio Rancho lost 19-16 to La Cueva, which had a pair of eight-run innings in the win.

Venessa Gallegos had three hits, including a home run, triple and double, and drove in seven for Rio Rancho in a losing cause. Roane added three hits and four runs.

FRIDAY: In what could be a potential state tournament matchup, Carlsbad and Cibola split a doubleheader Friday on the West Side. Carlsbad dominated the opener, winning 9-3 and snapping the Cougars’ 10-game winning streak.

Cibola took the second game 10-3, scoring all its runs in the fifth and sixth innings.

Brittany Baca had three hits, including a double and home run, to lead Cibola (13-3) in the nightcap. Jasmine Mitchell had three hits, including a pair of triples.

Also Friday, Cleveland outscored Manzano 12-6. The Storm scored five runs in its first at-bat en route to the victory. Ariel Ortega drove in a pair of runs for Cleveland, and Katie Ripple had three RBIs.

THURSDAY: Cleveland blanked Clovis 12-0, and Valley outlasted Eldorado 4-3 in eight innings.

Kacie Swihart had three hits and three RBIs for the Storm (10-6) in its victory.

Victoria Ramirez had the game-winning RBI for the Vikings (6-7).

WEDNESDAY: Bernalillo won its District 2-4A opener, 4-2 over Los Alamos. Lois Delara drove in a pair of runs for the Spartans.

TUESDAY: Volcano Vista’s Jade Grey had three hits and four RBIs in a 16-1 rout of Sandia. Celina Sullivan had a home run and three RBIs for the Hawks, and Victoria Castro also homered for Volcano (9-5).

St. Pius doubled up Manzano 14-7. Vanessa Garcia went 4-for-4 with four runs and four doubles for the Sartans, and Katie Johnson and Julia Eckert each drove in a pair of runs.

Tennis

FRIDAY: La Cueva’s boys whipped Cibola 6-1 to remain undefeated this season. … Eldorado’s boys routed St. Pius 9-0. … Volcano Vista’s girls nipped Sandia Prep 4-3 as the Hawks improved to 7-2. No. 1 singles Donna Shockley won her match for VVHS in three grueling sets. … Cibola’s girls posted a 4-3 win over Albuquerque High as the Cougars’ No. 2 and No. 3 doubles both prevailed in the third set.

THURSDAY: Bosque’s girls won 6-3 over Robertson as the Bobcats swept the three doubles matches. … The Bosque boys edged the Cardinals 5-4.

WEDNESDAY: Valley’s boys downed Atrisco Heritage 6-3 in a District 5-5A opener. … Volcano Vista’s girls defeated Sandia 7-2. … The Matadors’ boys blanked the Hawks 9-0.

TUESDAY: Bosque’s girls routed Santa Fe Prep and only dropped one set in the match. … La Cueva’s boys blanked St. Pius 9-0. … The Bosque boys beat Santa Fe Prep 6-3, as the Bobcats won the top four singles matches along with No. 1 and No. 2 doubles. … La Cueva’s girls beat St. Pius 7-2. … Cibola’s girls edged Belen 5-4, with the Cougars winning 10-8 in the third set of No. 1 and No. 2 doubles.

Note

Coaches who’d like to see their results in the Rio West weekly prep roundup must get their linescores, matches or tournaments phoned in to the Journal at 823-3900.

— This article appeared on page 06 of the Albuquerque Journal

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