Earlier in the season, Santa Fe Indian School coach Jude Torres did not like how his team responded to an early deficit.
So after Estancia started the Socorro Invitational with a four-run first, Torres had a few words to say.
“I reminded them that earlier in the season we had an early loss when we just gave up after we got behind,” he said. “I had nice motivational talk with them and then we started to pick it up.”
It also helps that the Braves are well stocked now with players from the basketball team that just finished a stirring run to the state championship final.
So this time SFIS rallied not just once, getting four runs in the third to tie it.
And not just twice, as the Bears went back ahead with a run in the fourth, only to see the battling Braves come back with two in their end of the fourth to go ahead 6-5.
But a third time as Estancia tied it in the fifth before SFIS finally went ahead to stay with three of its own in the fifth for a 9-6 lead en route to a 9-7 win.
“It was a stressful game at the beginning, but we got through it,” Torres said.
The Braves (7-2) got through with the help of five triples. Jaden Aguino had two of those. His RBI triple in the third started the scoring and his two-run triple in the fifth broke the tie. Jason Abeyta also had a two-run triple in the third to tie it at 3-all.
“We’ve been having to travel back and forth to Socorro every day so we had dead legs at the start,” Torres said. “So it took us awhile to get into the game.”
The Bears (0-2) still but a bit of fright into SFIS, scoring a run in the seventh before Torres classed on his closer to finish things up.
Kye Aguilar “came in and kept them off balance,” he said. “They scored a run but he finished it off with two strikeouts.”
Seeing his Braves respond positively when down was a good sign, Torres said.
“We had a lot of fight (Friday),” he said. “Earlier in the season, we didn’t have a lot of fight so I was very proud about that.”
SANTA FE PREP 20, DESERT ACADEMY 8: The host Blue Griffins (2-0) did all of their damage in the first two innings, scoring 10 in each, overcoming the seven-spot the Wildcats (0-1-1) posted in the top of the first. Cameron Motola went 2-3 with two RBI and two runs for Desert Academy.
SANTA FE INDIAN SCHOOL 15, HOT SPRINGS 5, five innings: The Tigers scored five in the fifth inning, but the host Braves (6-2) already led 13-0 by that time. SFIS’s Kyle Aguilar went 3-4 with three runs and three RBI.
MORA 11, CLAYTON 0, five innings; MORA 6, CLAYTON 0: The Rangers’ (3-3) arms were on fire in the home doubleheader as Kenneth Martinez threw a no-hitter in the opener and Roddy Martinez followed with a one-hitter in game two. Kenneth Martinez backed his pitching by going 2-3 with a run and two RBI and Lefonso Castillo was 2-2 with a run and an RBI in the second game.
TIERRA ENCANTADA 18, PEÑASCO 2, five innings: The visiting Panthers (1-2-1) scored twice in the first before the Alacranes (1-1) came back in a hurry.
SOCORRO 8, POJOAQUE VALLEY 1: Brenden Fresquez and Hondo Atencio managed the only hits for the visiting Elks (2-9) in the opener of the Socorro tournament.
In other games: Aztec 4, Capital 3; Aztec 10, Capital 5; Santa Fe 16, Magdalena 2
SANTA FE 16, McCURDY 1, four innings: The host Demonettes (3-3) polished off a mercy-rule win over the Bobcats (2-2), allowing just three hits.
SANTA FE INDIAN SCHOOL 9, LAGUNA ACOMA 6: After falling behind early, the host Braves (8-4) rallied with a bases-loaded triple from Camilla Lewis that put them ahead.
ST. MICHAEL’S 21, PECOS 0, three innings; ST. MICHAEL’S 22, PECOS 8, five innings: Cia Alvarez was 2-4 in the opener with two stolen bases and four runs scored to backup the shutout pitching of Lynnsey Glidewell for the Horsemen (4-4) and followed that up by going 3-4 with a complete game in the second game over the Panthers (1-3).
RIO RANCHO 13, CAPITAL 8: Facing one of the top programs in the state, the Jaguars (4-5) fell behind early before rallying to pull within 12-8. Angelica “Jelly” Angel clubbed a homer for Capital while going 3-4 with three RBI.
BERNALILLO 18, LOS ALAMOS 0: The host Spartans started the rout with a 12-run first inning and the Hilltoppers (4-6) were unable to recover as they were no-hit.
In other scores: Piedra Vista 15, West Las Vegas 4
CAPITAL 5, POJOAQUE VALLEY 4: The Jaguars (5-6) rallied from an early 3-0 deficit and Jeremy Duran went 2-4 with a run. The Elks’ (2-8) Xavier Kitchens went 3-3 with a run and an RBI.
DESERT ACADEMY 7, PEÑASCO 7, six innings: The visiting Wildcats scored four runs in the top of the sixth to force the tie as the game ended because of darkness. Pablo Carrazco-Nava reached base in all of three his plate appearance and came around to score each time for Desert Academy (0-0-1), while the Panthers’ (1-1-1) Danny Esquibel went 2-4 with two runs.
SANTA FE PREP 17, TIERRA ENCANTADA 3, five innings: Brandon Durr went 3-4 and drove home six for the visiting Blue Griffins (2-0) in the Alacranes (0-1) opener.
SANTA FE INDIAN SCHOOL 9, RATON 5: The visiting Braves (5-2) rallied four runs in the seventh to break a 5-all tie. Anders Pecos and James Bridges each went 3-4 with two runs.
ROSWELL 10, ROBERTSON 0, five innings; ROSWELL 3, ROBERTSON 0: The visiting Cardinals (5-3) got just four hits in the two games, with Brandon Lucero breaking up a no-hitter in the second game.
CAPITAL 10, ST. MICHAEL’S 9: The visiting Jaguars (4-4) built a big lead then had to hold by their fingernails against the rallying Horsemen (2-4), who scored eight in the seventh. Angelica “Jelly” Angel was 3-4 with three RBI and Emma George and Alex Fernandez each went 3-5 for the Horsemen.
SANTA FE INDIAN SCHOOL 14, TAOS 4, five innings; SANTA FE INDIAN SCHOOL 9, TAOS 9: The visiting Braves (7-4) put the opener away with eight runs in the fifth on the Tigers (1-5) as Kiera Mermejo-Varga went 2-4 with four RBI and two runs. In Game 2, Taos rallied for six runs in the seventh, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the big SFIS lead as Diandra Toya and Jalene Chalan each went 2-5 with two RBI.
ALBUQUERQUE ACADEMY 14, LOS ALAMOS 13: The host Hilltoppers (4-5) scored eight in the first inning to overcome the Chargers’ early five-run rally, but by the seventh, Los Alamos trailed 11. The Hilltoppers scored twice in the inning but could not get the tying run home.
MORA 19, PEÑASCO 1: Conrad Romero went 4-4 with two triples, four RBI and two runs as the visiting Rangers (1-1) pounded the Panthers (1-1), who got three hits from Phillip Lujan.
ROBERTSON 5, ALBUQUERQUE ACADEMY 4: The Cardinals pulled out a tough victory over the Chargers with the match decided at the No. 6 singles slot as Bailey Dunn outlasted Academy’s Catie Lacey 6-2, 4-6, 11-9. Robertson also got singles victories from Lauren Fulgenzi, Miquela Sena, Cailyn Marrujo and the doubles team of Fulgenzi and Miquela Sena.
New Mexico Highlands women’s team got off to a good start at the Spank Blasing Invitational in Pueblo, Colo., as Annie Topal won the triple jump with the top mark of the season in NCAA D-II at 41 feet, while also taking third in the long jump at 19-feet, 7 inches. And Theresa Moser set a school record in the 10,000-meter run, shaving more than 30 seconds off the mark with a time of 39 minutes, 9.35 seconds. Sharon Toako won the javelin on Thursday with a mark of 159 feet, four inches.
THINGS TO SEE OR DO
GOLF: As the season approaches, polish up your swing at the Saturday morning group clinic at the Marty Sanchez Links de Santa Fe. The $20 sessions run every Saturday through Sept. 28 from 9-10:15 a.m.