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Sonya Ruiz certainly knows her way around a basketball court, but it has been more than 15 years since the veteran coach has been in charge of a program.
Ruiz, who was an assistant coach for the St. Michael’s girls program the last four years, slides over a seat to become the Horsemen’s head coach. She was the Pecos girls head coach from 2001-05, taking the Panthers to the playoffs in her final season.
Ruiz, whose husband, Augustin Ruiz, coaches the school’s baseball team, is a St. Mike’s 1995 alum and has been a math teacher there for some time. She was the school’s female athlete of the year as a senior.
She takes over for Martin Esquibel, who resigned in May after compiling a 35-57 record in his four years with the Horsemen, including 3-6 in this spring’s abbreviated season.
SANTA FE 5, ROBERTSON 4, SANTA FE 3, ROBERTSON 1: The Adan Alvarez and Nicholas Sandoval each drove in two runs to lead the host Demons (5-9) past the Cardinals (8-4) to complete a doubleheader sweep. In the opener, Jeremy Martinez went 3-3 with two RBI for Santa Fe.
CAPITAL 5, ST. MICHAEL’S 4: The host Jaguars (8-4) pushed across a run in the bottom of the seventh to pull out the win against the Horsemen (9-5) despite Rahul Williams going 2-3 with two runs.
LOS ALAMOS 5, POJOAQUE VALLEY 2: Strong pitching from the visiting Hilltoppers (11-2, 5-0 District 2-4A) held the Elks (6-5, 4-2) to five hits, with Xavier Kitchens and Joel Gonzales each going 1-3 with a run.
Other Wednesday scores: Moriarty 8, Taos 7
ROBERTSON 6, RATON 2: Rico Montoya’s pinch-hit, two-run double in the sixth inning was the catalyst of a five-run, sixth-inning outburst for the host Cardinals (8-2, 5-1 District 2-3A) against the Tigers.
MCCURDY 22, PEÑASCO 6; MCCURDY 18, PEÑASCO 3: Markus Martinez went 6-7 with 11 RBI and six runs scored as the host Bobcats (6-0, 4-0 District 5-2A) swept the Panthers (4-5, 2-2), for whom Donivan(CQ) Aguilar went 2-2 with two runs in the second game.
QUESTA 11, MORA 10; MORA 22, QUESTA 8: The visiting Wildcats (2-7, 1-5 District 5-2A) rallied for five runs in the fifth to come back and beat the Rangers (2-3, 1-1), although Lincoln Alcorn, Dominic Martinez and Isaiah Atencio each drove in two runs in the tailend of a doubleheader. In the opener, the Rangers put it away with 13 runs in the fourth.
MCCURDY 29, MOYA 6; MORA 8, MCCURDY 7: Alissa Maestas had four RBI and a three runs scored and Aliyah Aragon scored five runs for the visiting Bobcats (4-5, 1-1 District 2/5-1A/2A), although Chrissy Cordova was 2-3 with a run for the Rangers (4-2, 1-1) in the night cap. The Rangers won the opener with a four-run rally in the bottom of the seventh.
The host Jaguars (6-9) scored eight run in the first two innings to build a big early lead that held up against the Horsemen (7-6).
POJOAQUE VALLEY 8, LOS ALAMOS 6: Kaelynn Mondragon had three RBI and the host Elkettes (5-5, 3-1 District 2-4A) scored four in the sixth for the comeback win over the Hilltoppers (3-9, 2-3).
SANTA ROSA 11, MCCURDY 8; MCCURDY 9, SANTA ROSA 8: Gracie Valencia went 3-3 with three runs to lead the host Bobcats (3-4) in the opener, but three hits each from Erin Lomayma and Olivia Cantrell, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the Lions in the nightcap.
ROBERTSON 20, RATON 5: Taylor Quintana had four RBI and Arianza Sanchez, Azlyn Padillla and Felicia Ulilbarri each scored three runs for the host Cardinals (12-0, 5-0 District 2-3A) against the Tigers.
MORA 24, CLAYTON 7 MORA 22, CLAYTON 11: Isabella Martinez drove in eight runs to lead the visiting Rangerettes (3-1) to the win.