By Arnie Leshin
Bring on Pecos.
Thursday, the St. Michael’s softball team got a non district doubleheader visit from the Panthers and needed only eight innings to come away with a sweep at Christian Brothers Athletic Complex.
It was a 21-0 football score in the 3-inning opener, and the home side was one run better in the 22-8 closer in five innings. It evened new head coach Joe Alvarez’ record at 4-4 overall and surpassed last year’s win total.
It also came on the day after his team fell just short in the non district loss at Capital, with the Jaguars ahead 10-0 and barely able to cut short the Lady Horsemen comeback in the 10-9 final.
But this time, the St. Michael’s bats gave the yellow ball a ride by scoring 43 times over the eight innings.
And in game one, its pitching got a lift when senior right-hander Lynnsey Glidewell went the route in the shortened 3-inning mercy-rule rout. Glidewell, in her fifth year on the team, also delivered a 2-run RBI double.
Senior Cia Alvarez, the head coach’s daughter, contributed a pair of hits, swiped two bases, and scored four times. She went 5-for-8 in the two games and included two doubles.
She also took the circle in game two and went all the way as her dad seeks a reliable second starterbehind Glidewell, who Coach Alvarez needs to become more consistent in this her fifth season.
In the second game, Lady Horsemen senior Rhiannon Salazar went 3-for-4 with a double and triple, and sophomore Athena Archuleta doubled three times and drove home four runs in the twin bill.
. . . But visiting Capital wasn’t as fortunate, allowing Rio Rancho High to take a 12-2 lead after three innings in what resulted in a non district 13-8 defeat at the Kirstin Griego tournament.
It dropped head coach Sig Rivera’s Jaguars to 4-5 overall, but it might have been worse if they hadn’t cut short a pair of Ram bases-loaded situations. And Capital trimmed the 10-run deficit by scoring twice in the fourth inning and twice again in thefifth.
Jags’ junior Angelica “Jelly” Angel took to the circle in relief and allowed only one run over the last four frames.
With her red-hot bat, Angel went 3-for-4 that included a solo home run and three RBI. Then there was Sylvia Pinchiera with a pair of safeties and an RBI, and junior Emma George coming away with two of the dozen hits off of the 11-1 Rams, one of the state’s top-ranked teams.
. . . In another non-district softball game at Santa Fe Indian School, the Braves disposed of Laguna-Acoma, 8-6, to put their overall mark at 8-4. The home team, though, fell behind 3-0 after itsstarting hurler Alyssa Naranjo struggled in the opening frame by walking two and committing a fielding error.
In came senior Franki Chavez in relief in the second frame and she held the Hawks (8-3) scoreless than, but was reached for a run apiece in the third and fifth innings. The Braves did score twice in the fourth, but still trailed 4-2 going into the last of the sixth inning.
But head coach Oliver Torres’ Indian School (8-4) responded.
It put together a 6-run sixth, with the big blow coming with the bases loaded when senior Camilla Lewis unloaded them with a triple that brought a 5-4 lead. Laguna-Acoma did score twice in the top of the seventh, but Chavez got a 2-out infield popup to end things.