Baseball Season In Full Swing

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Pojoaque's Lucas Trujillo swings and makes contact against thr Shiprock Chieftains in the Elks' 8-0 loss in the first game of a doubleheader March 23 at Pojoaque. The Elks lost the second game 7-1 and are 2-7 on the season.

Baseball Season In Full Swing

By George Morse

The Pojoaque Valley High School baseball team dropped a doubleheader to Shiprock High School March 23 at Pojoaque. The Chieftains took the opening game of the twinbill 8-0 and won the second game 7-1 as the Elks struggled to score runs in both games.

In the first game, Pojoaque’s best chance to score came in the first inning. Ethan Montoya led off with a single, stole second base and took third base on a fly ball to center field. He advanced no further.

Shiprock took a 2-0 lead after one inning. The Chieftains added three runs in the third inning on a walk, a single, a triple and a single. Two more runs crossed the plate in the fifth inning and Shiprock added another run in the sixth inning. Elden Jim had a pair of triples for the Chieftains and scored three runs. Brandon Begay went the distance on the mound for the shutout, striking out eight.

Pojoaque finally got a run across the plate in the second game. After Shiprock had taken a 2-0 lead, Pojoaque’s Tse-Whang Pena led off with a single. With two outs, he scored on a single by Xavier Kitchens.

Shiprock added a run in the fourth inning and a run in the fifth inning. In the top of the seventh inning, Pojoaque errors brought home three more runs and the Elks suffered a 7-1 defeat to fall to 2-7 on the year.

The Elks have shown some power in their two victories this season. Andres Soveranez had a home run in Pojoaque’s 8-6 win March 5 over Santa Fe Indian School. Soveranez had another home run against Ruidoso High School, but the big stick in the Elks 14-4 rout of the Warriors March 8 was that of Gabriel Huerta, who slammed a pair of round-trippers and drove in six runs.

Coach Robert Riggins attributes much of his team’s problems getting victories with its inexperience.

“They’re still not confident in their abilities,” Coach Riggins said. “We’re inconsistent, but things are looking brighter. I see major improvement from this fall.”

Pojoaque takes on Capital High School Tuesday in Santa Fe.

McCurdy started its season with a tough opening game against defending Class 3A state champion Hope Christian High School in the opening round of the Santa Fe Indian School tournament March 22 in Santa Fe. The Class 2A Bobcats battled and the Huskies had to earn a 7-1 victory. McCurdy’s lone run came in the sevveth inning when Isaiah Archuleta led off with a triple and later scored the Bobcats lone run.

McCurdy came back with two wins March 23  in the tournament. The Bobcats beat Tohatchi High School 16-0 in their first game and defeated Zuni High School 9-1 in their second game. The Bobcats are 2-1 on the season and will stay that way for a while.

The Bobcats will compete in District 2-2A and will win that district title hands down. Only two other schools in the district field baseball teams and their programs are still developing. Tierra Encantada High School was just 3-18 last season and Desert Academy had no varsity baseball team last season.

One of the more consistently strong small school baseball programs in Northern New Mexico, one of the McCurdy's biggest challenges has been scheduling. With weak District 2-2A competition, McCurdy has to schedule quality pre-district opponents to earn respect. This has been easier said than done. McCurdy was scheduled to play Pecos High School this week, but the Panthers have canceled their season due to a lack of players. The Bobcats were then scheduled to play Laguna-Acoma High School the following week, but those games were canceled as well by Laguna due to the expense of travel. McCurdy will not see action again until April 4 at the Santa Rosa High School tournament.

The Espanola Valley High School baseball team is off to a slow start and still looking for its first win after a 0-4 start.

​Pojoaque's Hondo Atencio was the starting pitcher for the Elks in the second game of a doubleheader against Shiprock.
​Zach Fresquez was the starting pitcher for Pojoaque in the first game of a doubleheader againstt Shiprock.
​Pojoaque third baseman Andres Soveranez throws to first bas after fielding a ground ball.
​McCurdy's Paul Maestas takes a low pitch in the Bobcats' 7-1 loss to the Hope Christian Huskies March 22 at the Santa Fe Indian School tournament.

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