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Cards top Braves in shootout

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By Dave Kavanaugh

Senior first baseman Peter Campos was the start and the finish of a critical double play Tuesday afternoon as Robertson baseball made a successful home debut in beating Santa Fe Indian 15-13 at Rodriguez Park.

Campos’ play cut short a Braves rally in the top of the sixth inning. SFIS had scored twice to get within 12-11 and had two runners on board when Campos fielded a ground ball, whipped it to short and got it back in time to beat the batter.

Robertson added three insurance runs — one off a double by Ryan Tafoya, one off a triple by Estevan Montoya, and one when Montoya scored after a failed pickoff — in the bottom of the sixth.

Luke Aragon, who went the distance on the mound for Robertson, earned the pitching win. He gave up a run in the top of the seventh but allowed no more damage and closed the game with an unassisted ground-out.

Santa Fe Indian opened with six runs on five hits and two errors in the first inning, but the Cardinals didn’t get rattled. Girard Maestas broke the ice for RHS in the bottom half, scoring on a wild pitch after hitting to get on.

The Cards showed speed on the basepaths  with five runs in the third and took an 8-6 lead.

Nick Archuleta had a two-RBI triple in the fifth.

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West Las Vegas (3-1) lost its first game Monday against Hope Christian, 11-3.
A first inning in which the Huskies scored seven made the difference.

Alex Branch took the pitching defeat but led the Dons’ hitters, going 2 for 3 with a run. Stephen Montaño, Pancho Caro and T.J. Esquibel were 1 for 3. Montaño had a solid showing in relief of Branch, going four innings and holding the Huskies to two runs, one earned.

The Dons will rematch with Hope in the first round of the Aztec Tournament March 18.  
Next for WLV is a doubleheader vs. Pojoaque on Tuesday afternoon at the West Las Vegas Field.