Saturday’s East-West baseball doubleheader gave fans of both teams something to smile about.
Robertson overcame a 3-0 deficit to win the opening game 16-6.
Then in game two, West Las Vegas scored the first six runs, this time holding on to the lead for a 16-2 triumph.
The split seemed to mirror Saturday’s weather — an epic struggle between chilly winds with a dusting of snowflakes and the balmy sunshine that finally took hold as the day grew later. And while neither team could be completely satisfied with the outcome, there was enough there for both sides to like, enough proof that these Cardinals and Dons are getting better with time and seasoning.
Derek Gold’s score off a Mike Armijo fielder’s choice reach gave West a 1-0 lead in the first inning of game one. Aided by a defensive miscue, Gold made it home with one swing of the bat in the third inning. And Alex Branch’s RBI single scored Isaac Lopez to make it 3-0.
In the bottom of the frame, the Cardinals rallied for 13 runs to dramatically alter the game. Adrian Jaramillo, the third straight batter to hit safely to lead off the RHS half of the inning, doubled to drive in Nicholas Aragon and Daryl Martinez. Girard Maestas, Mike Martinez, Nathan Abreu, Aragon, Jaramillo, Fabian Montoya all drove in runs as RHS took a 13-3 lead.
Corey Archibeque’s two-run homer made it 13-5 in the top of the fourth, but Jaramillo answered with his own two-run blast, followed by a Nick Archuleta triple and score on a wild pitch to make it 16-5.
Zack Armijo’s run in the top of the fifth was all the rally the Dons could muster.
Fabian Montoya took the pitching win. Aragon, Jaramillo, Daryl Martinez and Mike Martinez led RHS with three hits apiece. Gold paced WLV with three hits.
West opened game two with three successive hits, and an Archibeque single scored Gold. A Mike Armijo double scored Lopez, and Archibeque got home on a wild pitch. Jon Varela nailed a two-run double and scored a run of his own to give WLV a 6-0 lead midway through the first.
Robertson found it difficult to sustain a rally against Lopez’s pitching. The Redbirds’ Abreu scored on an error in the bottom of the first before three straight outs ended the inning. A Mike Martinez double scored Antonio Arguello in the bottom of the second to make it 6-2.
West pumped its lead back up with a five-run third inning. And the Dons added five more runs in the top of the fourth to grab a 16-2 advantage. The run was capped by a Lopez home run.
Neither side scored after that.
Lopez was 3 of 4 with the home run and three RBI to lead the Dons’ offense. Gold also notched three hits.
The teams will play a single game April 21 at West Las Vegas’ field. Next, though, RHS plays Pojoaque and WLV hosts Santa Fe Indian, both on Tuesday.