Cardinal sluggers second at St. Mike’s

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By The Staff

Out-of-town tournament play marked a busy weekend for Las Vegas’ high school baseball and softball teams.

Robertson baseball (5-2) tangled with Cobre for the tournament championship of the Jim Pierce Memorial Invite hosted by St. Michael’s in Santa Fe.

Cobre won a tough one for the Cardinals, 14-6.

It’s been a strong start for first-year coach Kenneth Sandoval and the Redbird sluggers, who’ve pitched well and figure to get even better with the return of several players from basketball.

The Cardinals got to the final by beating Class 5A Santa Fe High and Silver.

Colin Pedro’s lights-out effort on the mound helped RHS silence the Demons 7-0 on Thursday. Dominic Lucero hit 2 for 3 with a home run and two runs batted in.

Then the Cards nipped Silver in a 5-4 thriller on Friday, holding off a Colt rally after taking a 4-0 head start. Ryan Tafoya recorded the pitching win.

West Las Vegas baseball (3-3-1) went 1-2 at the Aztec tournament, which featured a number of Class 4A schools.

Each of the Dons’ three games was decided by a one-run margin, and two went extra innings.

Española Valley pulled out a 4-3 win in nine innings on Thursday night. Then Taos — a District 2-3A rival — squeezed out an 11-10 verdict, also in nine innings, on Friday.
Saturday, West closed with a 7-6 win over Aztec’s junior varsity.

“We let other players play (Saturday), so everyone played (in the tourney),” said WLV skipper Ryan Gabaldon. “All in all I’m happy where we’re at.”

Notably, Moriarty made it to the championship; the Pintos and Dons battled to a tie in Moriarty earlier this season.

Robertson softball (5-1) recovered from a day one loss by edging Capital 11-10 on Friday and then downing Española Valley 12-3 in the consolation final (fifth-place game) of the St. Mike’s tourney.

Samantha Montaño was 4 for 4 with three RBI against the Lady Jaguars, helping Myranda Aragon record the pitching win.

Elena Garcia was 1-1 as the RHS pitcher, getting the win over Española.

The Lady Cards lost to host St. Mike’s 11-7 in day one action.

West Las Vegas softball (5-1) made it through the semifinals of the St. Mike’s tourney, falling 5-4 to the host Lady Horsemen on Friday.

But the Lady Dons didn’t play in their scheduled third-place game against Pojoaque Valley, as strong winds whipped the Santa Fe area during the afternoon.

Sources said the championship game between St. Mike’s and Bernalillo had to be rescheduled due to the bad weather.

West, led by ace Marissa Cordova, had beaten Capital 12-1 in Thursday’s opener to advance to the semifinal with the Lady Horsemen.