There’s only one nationally-ranked high school baseball team in New Mexico, and that team, the La Cueva Bears, will start the Class 6A playoffs with a giant target on their foreheads.
The 23-1 Bears, ranked No. 41 in the CBS MaxPreps Xcellent 50, will open the postseason at home on Friday as Class 6A’s No. 1 seed, taking on No. 16 seed Oñate, the only team in the entire field with a losing record (10-14).
Cleveland, Piedra Vista and Hobbs were seeded second through fourth by the New Mexico Activities Association late Monday night.
The Storm, champions of District 1-6A, will open with No. 15 Mayfield.
The Panthers, in their first season of 6A baseball, get No. 14 Atrisco Heritage in the first round.
And the Eagles, the winners of District 4-6A, will play host to No. 13 Valley.
All of the first round is a best-of-3 series, with a single game Friday and two games, if needed, on Saturday.