By Arnie Leshin
Junior Angelica “Jolly” Angel used her bat and arm to bring the Capital softball team a sweep of visiting Pojoaque Valley in a non district doubleheader Tuesday.
In the opener, Angel’s walk-off 2-run home run in the last of the seventh brought a come from behind 8-7 win and including five RBI.
In the closer she took to the circle, walking four and striking out eight as the Jaguars evened their record at 2-2 with a mercy-rule 13-0 triumph called in the fifth inning in accordance with the 10-run mercy rule.
Along with her clout in game one, she added two more hits in four at-bats
And drove home five runs. In game two, she didn’t let up in going 2-for-3 with a double and another home run.
“She gives us three pitchers,” said Capital head coach Sig Rivera, “just like we had last year.”
The Jags also picked up three hits from Melinda Del Rio in the opener, while junior Emma George singled and had a lead-off triple that got the seventh inning rally going.
Next stop for the Jaguars is the annual Roseanne Noedel Memorial Tournament that starts Thursday at St. Michael’s. They open with a 11:30 a.m. contest against West Las Vegas on Thursday.
Also on Thursday, Raton takes on Bernalillo at 9 a.m., Pojoaque plays the host Lady Horsemen at 1:40 p.m., and Espanola Valley ends day one of the tournament against Albuquerque Academy at 4 p.m.
Friday, the Pojoaque-St. Michael’s winner meets up with the Espanola-Academy winner at, and in the early game at 11:20 a.m., the Raton-Bernalillo winner takes on the West Las Vegas-Capital winner.
Saturday’s finals has the championship game at 4 p.m., third place at 1:40 p.m.., 5th place at 11:20 a.m., and seventh place at 9 a.m.
Over at the St. Michael’s baseball field is the annual Jim Pearce Memorial Tournament hosted by the Horsemen. Thursday’s schedule will have Wingate playing St. Michael’s at 9 a.m., Albuquerque Sandia Prep versus Santa Fe High at 11:15 a.m., Bernalillo against Raton at 1:30 p.m., and Cobre facing Portales at 4 p.m.
The Friday slate has the Wingate-St. Michael’s winner taking on the Sandia Prep-Santa Fe High winner at 4 p.m., and in the 1:30 contest, it’s the Portales-Cobre winner against the Bernalillo-Raton winner.
The Saturday finals have almost the same time schedule as the softball one being played on the other end of the campus. The title game is at 4 p.m., third place at 1:30 p.m., 5th place at 11:15 a.m., and seventh place at 9 a.m.
Also on Friday, the St. Michael’s track and field team heads for the Bernalillo Quad meet that starts at 3 p.m.