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Pojoaque Valley may just be the hottest softball team in the area right now.
Moriarty certainly found that out the hard way Friday.
The Pintos may have thought they were in a pretty position scoring twice in the first inning of the first game. Ah, but not so.
The host Elkettes were just toying with Moriarty, pushing in four to take the lead and they never trailed the rest of the doubleheader, winning 14-3 in five innings and 21-1 in three innings.
“The girls played well,” said first-year head coach Chris Ortiz. “The sticks came around, the defense was there, the pitching was there. It was a shining light on all the girls.”
Pojoaque (9-5, 5-0 in District 2-4A) has recovered from a rough start to the season to win eight straight games.
“When the girl are having fun and believing in everything that’s going on, then it’s really good,” said Ortiz, a longtime Elkettes varsity assistant and JV coach. “I told them we need to keep on going. We’re not stopping. We won. We’re winning. Now we just don’t slow down, we keep on playing ball. Keep with the program and keep on getting better.”
That’s the way Friday went as pitcher Rebecca Chavez settled down after her rough opening inning to allow just two more runs in the next seven innings of the two games.
And the bats really started rattling as the Elkettes scored eight runs total in the final two innings of the opener, then started the second game with an 11-run first inning followed by a 10-run second inning to put the game away quickly.
“It was a good defensive game, a good offensive game,” Ortiz said. “You can’t ask anything more of the girls.”
The sweep puts Pojoaque in control of the district, but there’s still a long way to go, Ortiz cautioned.
“It keeps us on our toes but it puts a target on our back,” he said. “Everybody is going to be trying to give us that first loss.”
It also sets up a huge game Tuesday at second-place Los Alamos because after that game, the two squads won’t meet again until the final two games of the regular season in Pojoaque.
MCCURDY 26, PECOS 25: The Bobcats (6-6) won the slugfest with two in the bottom of the seventh after a remarkable comeback from Pecos (1-9), which scored 12 in the fifth, then six each in the sixth and seventh innings. Olivia Cantrell was 4-4 with five RBIs and Alissa Maestas was 3-4 with five runs and two RBI for McCurdy.
In other softball scores, Jemez Valley 11, Mora 9; Jemez Valley 19, Mora 3; Valencia 12, Capital 2;
SANTA FE INDIAN SCHOOL 17, McCURDY 7; McCURDY 6 SANTA FE INDIAN SCHOOL 3, eight innings: In the opener, Cameron Ortiz was 4-4 with a double, a triple, three runs and an RBI for the Braves (12-5), while James Bridges also went 4-4 with four runs and an RBI, although Nikko Valdez, A.J. Vallo and Matthew Martinez each had two hits for the Bobcats (4-4). In the second game, the Bobcats scored one run in the sixth and seventh to tie it and force extra innings, then won it with four in the eighth.
ST. MICHAEL’S 11, RATON 1, six innings: After falling behind 1-0, the host Horsemen (8-7, 2-2 in District 2-3A), recovered nicely as Thomas Erickson went 4-4 with five RBI and two runs, while Derek Martinez allowed one run on two hits and struck out seven in four innings to get the win.
SANTA FE 7, BELEN 4: Dominic Arellano went 2-3 with a home run, a double, three runs and two RBI to lead the visiting Demons (9-8) to the win.
WEST LAS VEGAS 22, SANTA FE PREP 1, five innings: Omar Gallardo was 3-4 with a triple and two RBI while going three innings on the mound, allowing one hit while striking out six, and Elijah Alarcon was 3-6 with a double and two RBIs for the visiting Dons (8-4, 3-1 in District 2-3A). Sam Gilbert was 1-2 with an RBI for the Blue Griffins (2-4, 0-2).
MORIARTY 3, TAOS 1: Although the Tigers (District 2-4A) led early, the host Pintos came back with two in the sixth inning to break the tie.
ROBERTSON 6, SANTA FE INDIAN SCHOOL 5: Antonio Padilla, Jason Gold and Brandon Lucero each had two hits and Padilla scored three times to help the host Cardinals (9-6, 3-1 in District 2-3A) hold off the Braves (11-4, 4-2), despite Francisco Pino going 2-3 with a double, triple, two runs and an RBI for Indian School.
DESERT ACADEMY 10, PEÑASCO 0, six innings: Cameron Motola went 5 1/3 innings, allowing two hits and striking out 10 to lead the Wildcats (2-5-1) over the Panthers (2-4-1) as Jerome Lopez went 2-3.
In other baseball scores: Los Alamos 13, Española Valley 0
LOS ALAMOS 21, ESPAÑOLA VALLEY 11, five innings: A pitching duel this was not as Janessa Gonzales was 4-4 with six RBI and five runs for the Hilltoppers (9-7, 2-0 in District 2-4A), while Alicia Gonzales had four RBI and Aspen DeHerrera was 3-3 with four runs. Jazmin Roller went 3-4 with five RBI for the SunDevils (9-7, 2-2).
TUCUMCARI 16, PECOS 1, four innings: The host Panthers (1-9) collected three hits and two walks, but that was no match for the Rattlers relentless attack that included 14 hits and a remarkable 17 stolen bases.
SANTA FE INDIAN SCHOOL 7, ROBERTSON 6, eight innings: Caitlyn Cruz’ single in the eighth capped a three-run rally for the Braves (14-4, 4-1 in District 2-3A) and teammate Diandra Toya was 3-5 with two runs with RBI. Annalea Lucero was 3-4 with a run and an RBI for the Cardinals (8-8, 2-1).
RATON 13, ST. MICHAEL’S 11, eight innings: Athena Archuleta went 3-5 with two RBI and a run and Lynnsey Glidewell was 2-5 with three runs for St. Michael’s (5-10, 1-4 in 2-3A), but the Tigers rallied for the win in extra innings.
McCURDY 11, MORA 1, five innings: Jeneva Serrano allowed four hits and a run with four strikeouts for the Bobcats (6-6, 3-0 in District 2/5-A/2A) while teammate Daisha Vigil was 2-3 with two runs an RBI.
In other softball scores: Moriarty 15, Taos 14
MORA 21, TO’HAJIILEE 6, three innings: The host Rangerettes (5-5, 1-0 in District 2/5-1A/2A) wasted little time in beating up on the Warriors, scoring nine in the first inning and 10 in the third.
In other Monday scores: Pojoaque Valley 9, St. Michael’s 3
TIERRA ENCANTADA 14, QUESTA 2, five innings: Thanks to a strong outing on the mound from Albert “A.J.” Montaño, the Alacranes (3-2) mercy ruled the Wildcats (1-3).
THINGS TO SEE OR DO
For the brave, La Tierra Torture is coming up April 27 at La Tierra Trails beginning with beginner’s race at 8 a.m. and more advanced racers at 10 a.m. For more information see core-crew.com.
The evening Chamisa Elementary School Glow Run is set for April 26 in Los Alamos with 5K and a one-mile courses. And don’t forget to visit tthe Underwater Glow Tunnel — a black light, underwater-scape. For more information see bit.ly/chamisaglowrun.