RIO RANCHO — Those who know Rio Rancho softball coach Paul Kohman might say he was downright giddy on Thursday afternoon.
Most wouldn’t know it, but the coach in him got two very positive things out of Thursday’s two Class 5A playoff wins for the No. 1 Rams, who advanced to today’s winner’s bracket semifinals without a loss in tournament play at the Cleveland High School softball complex.
First, the 26-3 Rams are a win away from yet another state championship series.
Second, his usually dominant team needed a pair of one-run wins with poorly-played final innings to get by No. 9 Piedra Vista on Thursday morning, 15-14, with six runs allowed in the final inning, and then No. 13 Hobbs in the afternoon, 5-4, with two runs allowed in the final inning.