Cleveland High School’s softball team lost 3-2 to Las Cruces on Saturday in the championship game of the Kristin Griego Memorial Tournament at Eagle Ridge Middle School.
The Lady Bulldawgs scored an unearned in the bottom of the seventh to win the game.
Earlier on Saturday, the Storm downed Del Norte 4-2 in the semifinals. Katie Ripple had two hits and Caiden Yocham drove in a pair of runs.
Cleveland also had two games on the first day of the tournament. Cleveland opened with a 12-2 win over Kirtland Central on Friday. Jordan Curry was 3-for-4 with two doubles and two RBIs. Rhea Florez was 2-for-3.
Cleveland also outscored Valencia 14-8 on Friday. Brooke Hodgson was 3-for-5 with a double and home run for the Storm. Genesse Gutierrez was 4-for-5 with two RBIs.
Gutierrez had a pair of hits for the Storm in the finals, and she was one of three Cleveland players named all-tournament, joining Ripple and Hodgson.
On Tuesday, Valley upset the Storm 7-5 as the Vikings won their first game of the season.
“We got in a funk, we we couldn’t get out,” Cleveland coach Johnny Curry said. The Storm had some testing just prior to the game, he said.
Hodgson was 3-for-4 with an RBI.
The Storm face Churchill, Ore., this afternoon.
n Rio Rancho finished in third place at the Griego tournament.
The Rams edged Del Norte 9-8 in the third-place game. Rio Rancho pounded out 16 hits. Emily Doney and Nicole Pendley each had a pair of hits; Pendley’s were both triples. She also was the winning pitcher.
Las Cruces beat the Rams 9-5 in the semifinals, rallying from a 5-0 deficit against Rio Rancho. Desne Salazar and Pendley were both 2-for-3.
Rio Rancho beat Bloomfield 15-10 and St. Pius 11-1 in Friday’s first day of action. Pendley had three hits, including two triples, and Jordan Manno drove in four runs in the win over Bloomfield.
Pendley homered and doubled in the victory against St. Pius. Jessie Roane and Salazar were both 3-for-4 with three RBIs, and Doney also drove in three runs.
On Wednesday, Rio Rancho (9-6) outslugged Churchill, Ore., 18-8. The Rams scored 14 of their runs in the third and fourth innings.
Pendley was 3-for-5 with two triples and four RBIs. Hannah Obrey was 2-for-4 and also drove in four runs. Roane was 2-for-4 with two RBIs, and Dominique Soto was 2-for-3 and drove in a pair.
Track and Field
Cleveland’s boys had seven individual winners last Saturday at the Buddy Robertson Invitational at Milne Stadium.
Cheyne Dorsey and Luis Martinez both won multiple events. Dorsey captured the 110-meter high hurdles and 300-meter intermediate hurdles, while Martinez swept the 1,600 and 3,200.
Brandon Lawrence (400), Julian Rivas-Nava (800) and Nainoa Biggs (long jump) also took first place.
State qualifying marks were posted by Martinez in the two distance races, Lawrence, Dustin Enyeart in the 1,600, Dorsey in the 300 hurdles, plus all four relays.
Cleveland was first in the 400 relay (Dorsey, Parker Jones, Lawrence and Reece White, the 1,600 Medley relay (Enyeart, Kris Martin, Omar Vigil and Brian Gunthorpe) and the 1,600 relay (Lawrence, Dorsey, Rivas-Nava and Tyler Van Bastian).
n Several efforts to reach Rio Rancho boys coach Sal Gonzales for a recap of the Rams’ meet last weekend at Wilson Stadium were unsuccesful.
GIRLS: Cleveland had nine individual event winners at Milne. Victoria Lyons took the 100 high hurdles, plus the 300 hurdles. Cassie House won the high jump, Alex Williams the javelin, Malia Gonzales the 1,600, Elicia Gallegos the 400, Julissa Hunte the 100, Alex Winebark the shot put and Nicolette Pacheco the 3,200.
House, Williams, Gonzales, Gallegos, Lyons and Winebark all recorded state-qualifying marks.
The Storm also captured the 400 relay with Gallegos, Hunte, Audrey Martinez and Larimar Rodriguez, and the 1,600 relay with Martinez, Hunte, Gallegos and Rodriguez.
Cleveland’s 154 points won the meet. Eldorado (108) and Cibola (60) were second and third, respectively.
n Rio Rancho was at Wilson Stadium for the other half of the Roberton Invite.
Junior Ally Salata won the javelin and was the Rams’ only event winner.
Other top finishes were posted by Nia Powdrell (second in the 100), Brianna Pribble (second in the 800 and third in the 1,600), Caitlin Boning (third in the 100 hurdles), Merica Valdez (third in the pole vault), Rebecca Barnreiter (third in the discus) and Dominque Spence (third in the javelin).
Bernalillo junior guard Brandon Saiz this week was named first-team all-state in Class 4A by New Mexico’s coaches.
The 5-foot-9 Saiz was among the state’s top scorers all season, and was one of the premier guards in any classification in the Albuquerque metro area.
The other members of 4A’s first team were Chase Salazar and Lane Vander Hulst of Goddard, Adrian Ortegon of Santa Teresa and Nick August of Gallup.
n Cleveland senior post Sara Hattis was named to 5A’s all-state girls’ first team. Hattis averaged close to a double-double in scoring and rebounding for the Storm last season.
Gina Okoye of Eldorado, Emma Fenske of Volcano Vista, Paige Gardner of Clovis and Taylor Edmondson of Carlsbad rounded out the first team.
Cibola’s Kassandra Harris was on the girls’ 5A all-state second team. James Healy of Cibola’s boys also was second team all-state.
Cleveland and Rio Rancho both won trophies last Saturday at the State Spirit Championships at the Santa Ana Star Center.
The Storm finished second to La Cueva in the Class 5A cheerleading competition. The Rams, two-time defending state champions, were third.
Bernalillo finished 15th in 4A cheerleading.
Rio Rancho was seventh in 5A dance, with the Storm in 14th place.