Highlands takes two vs. Grizzlies

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Cowgirl bats blast Metro on day one

By Dave Kavanaugh

After two vastly different looking baseball games, New Mexico Highlands and host Adams State had a split on Saturday in Alamosa, Colo.

A two-run homer by Adams State’s Drew Wells boosted the Grizzlies to a 3-2 squeaker in game one.

Wells’ shot came in the top of the sixth, wiping away a 2-1 Cowboy lead, and Highlands was unable to answer in the top of the seventh. Tanner Wiemers (3-3) took the win after successfully denying NMHU.

Ray Torres (3-3) held Adams State to three runs on five hits and zero walks but didn’t get the run support to pull off the win.

Highlands roared to life in the nightcap, pounding the Grizzlies for 18 hits in a 16-4 rout.

Leadoff man Jordan Goliat went 3 for 4 with one run batted in, and Jarred Middleton was 3 of 5 with two RBI. Twelve Cowboys had at least one hit, and Javier Ledford was 2 for 2 with two doubles.

NMHU, which had won 10-6 in Friday’s opener, moved to 23-18 overall and 19-12 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference going into Sunday’s finale. ASU was 10-30, 8-20.

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Dominique Padilla’s three-run home run lifted NMHU to a 9-8 win — completing a day one sweep — against visiting Metro State on Saturday at Cowgirl Field.

Highlands, which won game one 12-5, was to complete the home portion of its schedule on Sunday afternoon.

Brittany Potter, Molly McDougall and Jessica Brink all homered for the Cowgirls in a huge eight-run second inning that seized control in game one.

Erica Wieck (4 of 5, two RBI) led Highlands in that contest; Potter and McDougall had three RBI apiece. Wieck (6-14) was the winning pitcher for NMHU (17-30-1).

In game two, the Cowgirls overcame an 8-4 deficit thanks to a two-run bomb by McDougall and Padilla’s three-run homer. Nine Cowgirls hit safely, and McDougall and Padilla combined for seven RBI.

Jessica Brink (11-5) earned the win in relief.