Dons sweep snow, young Miyamura

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By Dave Kavanaugh

“Stop the bleeding! Stop the bleeding now!”

His objections aside, West Las Vegas baseball coach Dean Gallegos watched his team squander all of a six-run lead against a young Miyamura club — then come up with the plays necessary to pull ahead once more, this time for keeps.

And so the Dons won 9-7 to complete a doubleheader sweep in its home opener Saturday. The close shave decision was a contrast to West’s methodical 10-0 shutout in game one, but taken together, the wins improve the Dons to 4-6 overall.

The day was a memorable one for the home team, and the doubleheader  — against a fledgling Patriots team populated by freshmen and eighth-graders — was the least of it.

A fast-moving but powerful early-spring storm had blanketed the town and its fields with several inches of snow on Friday. Among the other events impacted, several local sporting events were cancelled or delayed. Just across the road, Robertson baseball’s games with Portales were scratched. But Gallegos, who had scheduled a special tribute to the WLV state championship teams of 1968 and ‘78, stayed the course. He and his charges labored for hours Friday afternoon and again on Saturday morning to clear and dry the Dons’ field. The Dons traded baseball bats for snow shovels, trucking the snow away. Getting an assist from La Plaza Little League’s Manuel Lucero and a few others, the team managed to get the field playable in time for a late start.

Then, before the first pitch was thrown, the Dons saluted the program’s two state title teams. Those alumni who showed up for the ceremony offered up words of encouragement to the current team.

Once the actual baseball commenced, the Dons looked all business, at least in an efficient game one victory.


For more on the Dons, please see the Monday (March 30) print version of the Optic.