By Arnie Leshin
While Capital was putting together an eight-run fifth inning followed by 10 more in the seventh, Santa Fe High was committing six errors in game one in a huge 20-2 setback in Class 5-5A Saturday.
And in game two, the Jaguars capitalized on seven Demonettes miscues with 27 hits, 19 going for extra bases, in a 22-6 romp.
That put Capital at 16-4 overall, 6-2 in district, and it next plays non-district opponent Taos in a Monday doubleheader, but with an upcoming district twin bill versus Albuquerque Manzano on tap.
Freshman Brooklyn Cardenas hit a home run in each game for the Jags to continue her seven-game home run streak to seven games, sophomore teammate Jadyn Padilla also sent two over the fence for eight RBI, and senior pitcher Athena Grimley struck out 16 in a complete game one start.
As for Santa Fe High, it is now 4-19 overall, 0-8 in district, and winds up with a district doubleheader against visiting Albuquerque Rio Grande Saturday.
St. Michael’s, in turn, ended a six-game losing skein by scoring its most runs in a doubleheader this season. It won the 22-11 opener, and its offense came up with 38 hits, 13 walks, and 15 stolen bases on the day.
But St. Michael’s freshman starting hurler Erianna Sisneros, despite going the six-inning route, yielded eight hits and seven walks in the opener.
And in game two, a 24-19 triumph, the Lady Horsemen combined a hit parade of 19 hits despite allowing seven hits and 20 base on balls.
Junior Mia Duran, batting .668, again led the way with a 7-for-10 day at the plate, and she drove in nine runs. Sophomore teammate Adrian Rivera added 2-for-4 with four RBI in the first game, and in the second game, senior Carmen Pacheco went 3-for-6 and brought in five runs.
The Lady Horsemen improved to 8-15 overall and 3-7 in district, while Raton became 3-20 overall and 2-8 in district.
Then there was Santa Fe Indian School in its genuine bid for district honors upping its overall record to 19-1 and its district to 8-1, while Robertson became 16-5 overall and 5-2 in district.
In the baseball doubleheader between the schools, the Cardinals took the opener, 12-7, and the Braves the closer, 4-3, to become 15-6 overall and 4-5 in district. And Robertson improved to 12-6 and 6-3 in district along with St. Michael’s.
Softball had everything it contains in Saturday’s high school games.
At Santa Fe High in a doubleheader clash of Class 5-5A rivals, Capital 20, Demons 2 in game one, Capital 22, Demons 0 in game two.
Up at Raton in a 2-3A doubleheaders, St. Michael’s 22, Tigers 11 in game one, St. Michael’s 24, Tigers 19 in game two.
Not quite like that at in a 2-3A doubleheader at Santa Fe Indian School, when in game one it was Robertson, 7-6, and in game two, Braves 3, Cardinals 2.
And might as well check out a 2-3A baseball final when at Robertson, the Cards took the opener, 12-7, and dropped the closer, 4-3.