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Kryptonite begin state quest

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By Dave Kavanaugh

In its second full year of competition in the New Mexico division of the All-American Baseball Congress, the Las Vegas Kryptonite is seeking a championship.

The team will get its chance beginning today as the AABC Sandy Koufax state tournament gets under way at the Fort Marcy complex in Santa Fe.

The Kryptos, managed by Shannon Aragon, are scheduled to play the Las Cruces Athletics at 2 p.m.

The winner of that game moves on to face the winner of another opening-round matchup — Espaola Trojans vs. Moriarty Heat — on 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. Today’s loser will need to win a 9 a.m. Tuesday game to stay alive in the tourney.

Today’s other first-round clashes pit the Grants Reds against the Albuquerque Ravens and the Las Cruces Yankees against the Santa Fe Storm.

Last year, three members of the Kryptonite — Nicholas Aragon, Antonio Arguello and Isaac Lopez — were selected to join the champion Storm in the AABC’s national tourney. Several have gone on to play varsity ball for the two local high schools.