RIO RANCHO – Winning eight consecutive softball state titles is a monumental achievement, but it didn’t buy the Silver Colts any breaks in 2019.
Silver already faced a tough task keeping its championship streak alive this season after getting bumped up a classification from 3A to 4A. Then the Colts drew an unlucky No. 4 seed for the state tournament, one that ultimately pitted them against No. 1 seed and defending Class 4A champ Artesia in Thursday’s winners bracket semifinals at Cleveland High School.
The matchup had top-notch drama. Silver left the potential go-ahead run at third base in the top of the seventh inning, then Artesia’s Presley Skinner lined a two-out hit to the warning track in left field, scoring teammate Nikki Reyes and giving the Bulldogs a 1-0 victory.