State softball championships to Volcano Vista, Artesia, Silver and Dexter, in baseball it was La Cueva, Farmington, Hope Christian and Texico
By Arnie Leshin
The gear is in. Track and field has run its course, golf and tennis is off the links and courts, baseball hits its finale, and softball does the same.
That’s it, another high school athletic season has gone by and you might not have been tuned into the baseball and softball state tournaments.
In 5A, Farmington nearly won both sports. In softball, the 5th seeded Scorpions (20-11-1) had defeated top-seeded Artesia, 4-2, in the early rounds, but the double-elimination gave the Bulldogs (29-4) another chance and they won handily, 13-2 and 13-0, to claim state.
In 6A, top-seeded Albuquerque Volcano Vista (24-8) turned back 7th seeded Las Cruces, 12-2 and 8-4 after Las Cruces (21-9) had won the first time 8-6.
In 4A, Bernalillo made both finals, but in softball, top-seed Silver gave up only three runs after the first round, and topped the 3rd seeded Spartans, 13-1, in the finals. The Colts finished at 26-4 and Bernalillo at 25-6.
In 3A, it was top-seeded Dexter winning its 27thstart in 30 games by upending 2nd seeded Loving, 5-0, in the finals. Loving concluded at 23-7.
Baseball in 4A gave 6th seeded Bernalillo another chance to win a title, but it ran into a soaring-hot top-seed in Albuquerque Hope Christian and dropped a tight 3-0 contest. The Huskies (25-6) allowed only four runs in five games and the Spartans wound up at 21-10.
In 5A, 2nd seeded Farmington (24-5) did win a championship by handing top seeded Roswell Goddard a 5-3 loss. The Rockets finished at 24-5.
In 6A, top seeded Albuquerque La Cueva (27-3) had a tough go with 3rd seeded Piedra Vista (23-8) before prevailing, 4-3.
In 3A, top seeded Texico had no problem disposing of 2nd seeded Estancia, 5-0, and yielded only four runs in the tournament to conclude at 27-2 and close Estancia out at 25-3.
Have a wonderful summer. Play safe to stay safe, good luck to the graduates, and hopefully the undergraduates will be raring to go when the schools open again.