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Hounds muzzled

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By Dave Kavanaugh

David Bustillos broke loose for six hits, four runs and three runs batted in Tuesday as host New Mexico Highlands bombarded Eastern New Mexico 21-0 at Brandt Park.

The Cowboys (18-5), who outhit the Greyhounds 29-4, scored four runs in each of the first three innings.

Steven Becerra (1-1) earned his first win of the season after allowing one hit in his four innings of work, and the Cowboy bullpen kept the shutout intact.

Bustillos’ 6 for 6 effort at the plate, including one double, is a season best. Christian Garcia went 4 of 4 with three runs, two RBI and one double. Thomas DeAngelis went 3 for 3 with one run and two RBI. And Oscar Sigala drove in a game-high five runs.

In all, 15 Highlands batters got into the scorebook; seven had more than one hit.

Originally conceived as a two-day series, the ENMU game will stand alone due to weather concerns.

The Cowboys now resume their league schedule and visit Nebraska-Kearney for a four-game series beginning Friday.

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The intrastate rivalry thing didn’t go as well for Highlands’ softball team, which lost all four games in a Tuesday-Wednesday series at Western New Mexico in Silver City.

Three of the games were tight, with two decided by a single run each. The host Mustangs won 13-5, 6-5, 6-3 and 4-3.

Ashley Paiz, NMHU’s leadoff hitter, went a combined 7 of 15.

Paiz scored three times and had one RBI. Tanya Groff was 5 for 10 with four RBI and three runs. Chanel Ewing went 4 of 16 with three runs.

Paiz, who started game two, pitched well until the Mustangs (15-11, 11-3) rallied with four runs in the bottom of the seventh to swipe a 6-5 win.

 Game three was tied 3-3 through four and a half innings. And NMHU (9-12, 5-7) led game four 2-1 midway through the sixth.