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Five locals honored in baseball, softball

By Dave Kavanaugh

One last set of postseason honors poured in earlier this month for the state’s top prep baseball and softball players — including five from the Meadow City.


Robbie Alarcon, who’ll be a West Las Vegas senior this coming school year, was named to the second-team all-state baseball roster as a pitcher. Alarcon has also played infield and outfield positions for the Dons. He hit .278 with 22 total hits, 17 runs, five doubles, one home run and 14 runs batted in, three sacrifice flies, two sacrifice bunts. He led the staff with a 1.97 earned run average, 77 strikeouts, a 4-3 pitching record and 53.1 innings pitched, all team bests.

Richard Armijo, who’ll be a Robertson senior this school year, also earned second-team honors as a utility player. Armijo pitched and also played shortstop his junior year; he’s also listed as a catcher. He hit a team-best .462 with team highs in hits (43), runs (36) and runs batted in (31). He had three doubles, one home run and drew eight walks with a .524 on-base percentage. He had five steals in five attempts. As a pitcher, he posted a 4.0 earned run average and struck out 32.

James Archuleta, a West Las Vegas junior-to-be, was named an honorable mention as a utility player. Archuleta played short and first and was a key starting pitcher. He hit .239 with 16 hits, 11 runs, 10 RBI, two doubles, 11 walks, three stolen bases in four tries. As a pitcher he posted a 2.19 ERA, striking out 28, and went 3-4 with one save, starting a team-high seven games.

Santiago Mondragon, who was a WLV senior this past season, earned honorable mention as a designated hitter.

Mondragon also played middle infield and pitched for West. He hit .253 in a team-high 90 plate appearances, logging 20 hits and 21 runs, nine RBI and a double. Mondragon stole a team-high 10 bases in 11 attempts. He had a 2.1 ERA, 45 strikeouts and a 4-3 record in nine appearances as a pitcher and logged more innings than anyone except Alarcon.

West went 12-11-1 overall and was a District 2-4A runner-up at 6-5-1 in its second season under head coach Shannon Aragon.

Robertson finished 16-13 overall and third in District 2-4A under coach Richard Armijo.

Kendra Duran, who’ll be a senior this coming season at Robertson, was selected as a second-team all-state pitcher for Class 4A softball.

It’s the second consecutive season Duran has been named to the all-state second team.

Duran was a leader for Robertson both at the plate and from the pitcher’s mound. She had a .407 batting average with 33 total hits, 19 runs, 30 runs batted in, seven home runs, a .667 slugging percentage and a .442 on-base percentage.

As the Lady Cardinals’ ace, she compiled a 16-4 record with an earned run average of 1.33 and struck out a team-high 104 batters.

The Lady Cardinals finished 21-8 overall and 12-0 in District 2-4A this past season under head coach Michael Quintana.

They ranked as high as No. 2 in 4A.

All-state baseball selections were coordinated by the New Mexico Baseball Coaches Association. All-state softball picks, like those for most prep sports, were handled by the New Mexico High School Coaches Association. Those are both independent from the New Mexico Activities Association, the organization that oversees high school athletics and other extracurricular activities across the state.