By Arnie Leshin
It was a .500 trip for St. Michael’s Tuesday when its baseball and softball teams traveled on their new white “Express” bus to play at West Las Vegas’ new facilities of both sports in their initial Class 2-3A district games.
The baseball team evened its overall record at 4-4 and 1-0 in district via a 16-6 victory that included a 6-run fourth inning that brought a 10-3 lead. The Horsemen came away with 16 hits that included seven doubles and two-run home run from senior Rayes Boros.
Boros had a 3-for-5 game, added one of the doubles, and pitched the first 3 1/3 innings to earn the win. He gave up three runs, five hits and a walk and senior teammate Rahoul Williams added four safeties and batted in five runs.
St. Michael’s has its first home game Thursday versus Albuquerque Sandia Prep and the Dons (4-2, 0-1) are home to Robertson in a Saturday doubleheader.
In softball, the Lady Horsemen dropped to 3-4 overall when WLV allowed eight runs at the outset and then responded with a four-run fifth to grab a 15-13 that it maintained for the final score when the pitching held up and both teams went scoreless in the last two innings.
St. Michael’s freshman Miquella Ruiz, the daughter of Lady Horsemen head basketball coach and the Horsemen head baseball coach, went 3-for-4 with a double, three RBI, and scored three times. Junior teammate Mia Duran had a 3-for-3 game and drove home a pair of runs.
St. Michael’s plays next at Capital Thursday while the Dons (3-3, 1-0) are home in a non-district contest against Santa Fe High Wednesday.
In other softball play, Capital’s red-hot team advanced to 9-2 overall by rolling past visiting Socorro, 19-1, in a mercy-rule 3-inning game. The Jaguars had only 11 hits but it included six two baggers and senior Layla Toya hit a second inning home run when Capital tallied 10 runs.
Also for Capital, sophomore Brooke Salazar, senior Anika Rodriguez and sophomore Jadyn Padilla each added two hits, and Toya, Salazar and Rodriguez knocked in three runs apiece. Salazar hurled the first two frames and yielded a run, a hit, and two walks, then Padilla pitched a scoreless third.
The Jags are home to St. Michael’s Thursday in non-district play, and them play host to Albuquerque Rio Grande Saturday in a 5-5A contest.
Santa Fe Indian School brought its unblemished streak to 8-0 by blanking visiting Raton, 10-0, in the 2-3A game, and is home to Taos Thursday in non-district play. Braves’ senior pitcher Shade-Phea Young tossed a no-hitter in the mercy-rule outing, striking out 10.
The hit parade was led by SFIS junior Jocelyn Sanchez’ 3-for-3 game, and she also scored twice and came through with an inside-the-park home run that sparked a four-run third inning, and it also tallied twice in the fifth.