EVHS Baseball Loses Heartbreaker To Taos

Taos runner Quinn Moon tries to figure out how to get past home-plate-guarding Dale Salazar, but to no avail, as Salazar easily tags him out. Photo courtesy John Denne

EVHS Baseball Loses Heartbreaker To Taos

By George Morse Sports and Outdoors

Victories have been hard to come by for the Española Valley High School baseball team. The Sundevils are just 2-13 on the season. Despite their record, Española gave Taos High School all they could handle before suffering a 4-3 loss in eight innings March 31 at Española.

Espanola’s Frisco Abeyta took the loss in a hard-fought 4-3 game against Taos March 31 at Espanola. Photo by George Morse for the Valley Daily Post

The Sundevils grabbed a quick 2-0 lead with a pair of runs in the first inning on Frisco Abeyta’s run-scoring single. Taos got a run in the third inning. In the sixth inning, the Tigers took the lead on a two-out single by Quinn Moon that drove in two runs to give Taos a 3-2 lead.

Española answered with a run in the bottom of the sixth inning. Markus Griego’s two-out base hit drove in Chris Atencio, who had led off with a walk.

Chris Atencio, rounding third base, glances at Coach Miguel Duran for the signal to head home. Photo courtesy John Denne

After a scoreless seventh inning, the game went into extra innings.

Taos got a run in the top of the eighth inning when Moon’s hard single to left got past Española’s left fielder, allowing Santiago Cortez to score from second base. The Sundevils couldn’t answer in the bottom of the eighth and fell 4-3 for their sixth loss in a row.

Catcher Dale Salazar runs to field the bunt by  Taos player Daniel Aguilar. Salazar would throw him out at first. Photo courtesy John Denne

Española faces Capital High School in District 2-5A competition Wednesday and has a doubleheader against district rival Los Alamos High School Saturday at Española. The Sundevils only hope for postseason play is to do well in District 2-5A competition.

See below for more Española vs. Taos photos.


EVHS catcher Dale Salazar defends home plate effectively throughout the game. Photo courtesy John Denne



EVHS pitcher Frisco Abeyta warms up while his teammates watch the Taos dugout for their reaction to his sidearm style. Photo courtesy John Denne

In gale force winds, Catcher Dale Salazar fields an errant ballcap and….

… returns it to its owner, starting pitcher Jose Espinoza. Photos
courtesy John Denne