RIO RANCHO, N.M. — It might seem like it’d be hard to forget a team scoring 15 runs off you, especially after there were two outs, but that’s what Cleveland High baseball coach Shane Shallenberger has apparently helped his team to do.
“I didn’t put any weight on (that) loss,” Shallenberger said. “It’s not really about the wins and losses, what we discussed with the guys, it’s about what we do as a team and how we react and how we overcome certain obstacles and how we’re trying to get better for the end of the year.”
The Storm, dropped to No. 2 in the coaches poll last week, bounced back from that 18-8 loss to La Cueva in a semifinal contest of the annual Sal Puentes/Rio Rancho Tournament and beat Artesia 8-3 Saturday afternoon in the third-place game.
Junior right-hander Jeffery Brumfield limited the Bulldogs to five hits, including a home run, but was backed by an 11-hit attack. Damien Roddy went 3 for 3and drove in two runs, while Treston Shallenberger had three hits, including a pair of doubles, in five at-bats, driving in three runs.
A six-run second inning gave the Storm the lead to keep.
“It was a rough day (vs. La Cueva), so I was really actually excited to see how they were gonna respond,” Shallenberger said. “They did a fine job. It was a tough day to hit, with the wind blowing in.”
Shallenberger said he’d never seen — in his lengthy playing and coaching career — a 15-run outburst with two down. Roddy and Shallenberger had also had two hits apiece in that game, which had seen the Storm take an 8-3 lead into the bottom of the sixth.
“I have not ever seen that. It’s hard to even explain when someone asks you about it,” Shane Shallenberger said. “It happened — I can’t explain it.
“We had opportunities, but we had four errors in that inning … and La Cueva did a good job of capitalizing.”
“I didn’t put the weight on the loss itself, I put the weight on how they’re gonna respond — and I think that’s more important,” he added. “It was a good win (over Artesia).”
Storm 4, Farmington 0: Ethan Collins scattered three hits and Shallenberger homered, while Healy led CHS’s seven-hit attack with a team-high two hits Tuesday afternoon to beat the visiting Scorpions.
Storm 7, Cibola 2: Brumfield came within one pitch of throwing his second complete game in seven days, but Roddy came on to throw one pitch and got a ground-ball out to end Friday’s home game with the Cougars (8-8, 0-2).
Cibola scored a run in the first and had runners at first and second when clean-up hitter Ryan Martinez — also the losing pitcher — bunt into a 1-3-6 triple play.
The Storm sent 10 batters to the plate in the second, scoring five runs with just one hit, and receiving seven walks and a hit batter, complements of Martinez and two teammates.
Dom Peralta and Colten Madison, the 8 and 9 hitters, had two hits apiece to lead Cleveland.
“We’ve got to get consistency to get the runs across,” Shallenberger said, after his team managed those seven runs on just seven hits. “I just want to keep griding to get better — for the future.”
Storm warnings: The Storm have two 6 p.m. games this week: Volcano visits Tuesday and the Storm are at Rio Rancho on Friday.