Carlsbad blanks Sandia for 5A baseball championship - Albuquerque Journal

Carlsbad blanks Sandia for 5A baseball championship

Carlsbad pitcher Grant Harvill hoists the trophy amid his teammates after the Cavemen beat Sandia Saturday for the Class 5A baseball championship at Isotopes Park. (Roberto E. Rosales/Journal)

Make it a 12-pack for the Carlsbad Cavemen.

One of New Mexico’s most storied baseball programs capped a superlative postseason on Saturday afternoon at Isotopes Park, as the No. 1 seed blanked, and fairly dominated, No. 2 Sandia 7-0 in the Class 5A state final played in front of a crowd of about 2,000 fans.

“This weekend has been the best weekend of my life,” said Carlsbad senior left fielder Brandon Ganaway, who was the offensive standout. “I love these guys. They are my brothers, my family.”

Carlsbad now owns a dozen state championships, and this was the program’s first since 2016.

And this postseason run, as so many of the others before it, could readily be traced to the quality of the starting pitching.

Carlsbad’s mound depth shone through in its five playoff games, as the Cavemen (27-4) only surrendered four runs in those five victories.

Grant Harvill, a senior southpaw, followed Nolan Perry on Thursday and Mack Mabrey on Friday on the bump. He was as effective as either of them, maybe even more so, as the Matadors were blanked for the first time all season.

“Grant did phenomenal today,” said Perry. “He just put his whole heart out there for us.”

Said Cavemen coach Cody May: “We told him, ‘Grant, just keep us in the game. We don’t expect you to shut them out. Just keep us in it and we’ll try to score some runs.’ ”

Harvill struck out 11, using a change-up to set up his fastball, and the Matadors waved at, and missed, a large number of those fastballs. Harvill yielded just two harmless singles, and Sandia never got a runner past second base.

“I think getting them off-balance (with the change), and coming back with the fastball, put them off balance,” Harvill said. He also earned a save in Friday’s 2-1 semifinal victory against Hobbs. “Since I’m not a very hard thrower, you really have to set them up and be smart about it.”

Carlsbad’s Tristan Thomas slides under the throw to home plate for a score against Sandia. (Roberto E. Rosales/Journal)

Harvill was the pitcher who earned the win against Hobbs when the Cavemen clinched the district title on April 29. Saturday, with even higher stakes, Harvill was stellar.

“Grant, he’s a dawg,” said an admiring Ganaway, who was 4-for-4, with a double and three RBIs. “I’ve known him forever, and I knew he could do it.”

Carlsbad’s three senior starters Saturday — Ganaway, second baseman Nolan Perry and Harvill — were menaces at the plate. That trio combined for nine of the Cavemen’s 11 hits. Perry was 3-for-4 with three runs and an RBI, and Harvill was 2-4 with an RBI.

Other than those three, Carlsbad returns just about everyone for the 2023 season.

For Sandia (22-8), which was appearing in its first state final in nine years, things went sideways from the start.

“Carlsbad was the better team today,” Matadors coach Chris Eaton said. “I thought we looked like a young team that has never been here, and we just were really tight to start. And it showed.”

Carlsbad touched up Matadors starter Adrien Martin (3-2) for three first-inning runs and the Cavemen were never remotely threatened in the ensuing 6 1/2 innings.

In the Carlsbad first, Perry drilled an RBI single with one out, scoring Tristin Thomas who walked. Perry came around to score on an infield error for the second run, and Ganaway singled home Mack Mabrey for a quick 3-0 start.

Ganaway drove in a run with another single in the third for a 4-0 lead, and the Cavemen tacked on three in the seventh, with Ganaway and Harvill both driving in runs.

“We wanted to finish with a bang,” Ganaway said. “And we did.”

CARLSBAD 7, SANDIA 0

Carlsbad 301 000 3 — 7 11 0

Sandia 000 000 0 — 0 2 2

Batteries: C, Grant Harvill and Ty Molina. S, Adrien Martin, Zach Kmatz (7) and Danny Santiago. Win: Harvill. Loss: Martin (3-2). Leading hitters: C, Brandon Ganaway 4-4, 2B, 3RBIs; Nolan Perry 3-4, 3R,RBI; Harvill 2-4, RBI. Records: C 27-4; S 22-8.

2022 NMAA Baseball Championships 5A
 

 

 

 

 

Home » From the newspaper » Carlsbad blanks Sandia for 5A baseball championship


Albuquerque Journal and its reporters are committed to telling the stories of our community.

• Do you have a question you want someone to try to answer for you? Do you have a bright spot you want to share?
   We want to hear from you. Please email yourstory@abqjournal.com

taboola desktop

1
Eaton, Sandia High baseball coach, dies at age 35 ...
baseball
Albuquerque's prep baseball community, and Sandia ... Albuquerque's prep baseball community, and Sandia High School in particular, was reeling Wednesday over the news that Matadors baseball coach Chris Eaton had died. ...
2
Community pitches in for South Valley field
ABQnews Seeker
Area Little League, softball teams will ... Area Little League, softball teams will have a place to practice
3
Connie Mack play begins in Farmington
baseball
The Connie Mack World Series got ... The Connie Mack World Series got underway with pool play on Friday and Saturday, bracket play beginning Sunday, and two New Mexican teams in ...
4
Gunfire spurs panic at youth baseball game on the ...
ABQnews Seeker
Two teens were detained by police, ... Two teens were detained by police, then released over questions of probable cause
5
At its Grassroots, baseball is just fun
ABQnews Seeker
World-renowned photographer shares her love of ... World-renowned photographer shares her love of baseball through images captured along historic Route 66, including New Mexico.
6
2022 New Mexico Baseball Coaches Association 4A All-State Team
baseball
Player of the Year: Alex Gaeto ... Player of the Year: Alex Gaeto (ABQ Academy), Sr. Coach of the Year: Walter Sarracino (Grants) FIRST TEAM Pitchers: Alex Gaeto (ABQ Academy), Sr.; ...
7
2022 New Mexico Baseball Coaches Association 5A All-State Team
baseball
Player of the Year: Nolan Perry ... Player of the Year: Nolan Perry (Carlsbad), Sr. Coach of the Year: Chris Eaton (Sandia) FIRST TEAM Pitchers: Nolan Perry (Carlsbad), Sr.; Maddux Edmonson ...
8
2022 All-Metro Baseball & Softball Teams
baseball
For the first time in three ... For the first time in three years, there were normal high school baseball and softball seasons, free of masks and condensed schedules. And for ...
9
St. Pius gets its redemption, routs Academy for 4A ...
baseball
It took 11 months, but St. ... It took 11 months, but St. Pius got its redemption. And by the looks on the players' faces, it was worth the wait. The ...