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Hawks visit EHS for metro crown

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The Volcano Vista High School baseball team will play at Eldorado at 10 this morning for the Albuquerque Metro Championship.

The Hawks (6-2), seeded fifth, defeated Manzano in the first round, Sandia in the quarterfinals, and downed No. 1 La Cueva in Thursday’s semifinals.

Rio Rancho was seeded second in the tournament, but the Rams were upset 3-2 in Tuesday’s quarterfinals by No. 10 Albuquerque Academy.

Cleveland, the No. 6 seed, was upset in Monday’s first round by No. 11 Atrisco Heritage.

Valley was the No. 7 seed but fell to Academy on Monday. Cibola, seeded ninth, was beaten by Rio Grande in the first round Monday.

West Mesa, seeded 14th, was shut out by Eldorado in Monday’s first-round action.

Valley, Cibola and Cleveland all came back on Tuesday to win consolation-bracket games. The Storm pounded West Mesa 19-9, with the Mustangs having as many errors as runs. Cibola (Brian Dow went 3-for-4) edged Highland 7-6 with a run in the bottom of the seventh. And Valley ripped Del Norte 10-1 with Jacob Barela going 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles.

For Volcano Vista on Thursday, pitchers Tanner West and Sean Maher combined to shut down the Bears’ offense, and Daniel Herrera had a key two-run single for the Hawks, who beat La Cueva for the first time in school history.

The Hawks mercy-ruled Sandia 12-1 in Wednesday’s quarterfinals. Chris Padilla had three hits for Volcano Vista.

Also Thursday, West Mesa, behind Luis Ledezma’s two-hitter, blanked Del Norte 2-0; Cibola blasted Manzano 10-0 in five innings as Mikey Siederman also tossed a two-hitter; and Cleveland doubled Valley 8-4 as Kyle Anderson went 3-for-4 for the Storm.

The tournament ends today for each of the 16 teams.

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