as Vegas’ Kryptonite battled to a 7-7 tie with the Espaola Reds and lost 13-6 to a Santa Fe Rockhounds squad loaded with St. Michael’s players over the weekend at Santa Fe’s Fort Marcy Park.
The Kryptonite is an AABC traveling team in the 14-and-younger division. The Reds and Rockhounds include 15- and 16-year-olds, noted coach Shannon Aragon.
Results from a game against the Reds’ 14-and-younger team were not available as of press time.
Las Vegas led Espaola 7-5 but the Reds knotted the score with a two-run seventh inning; the game was called due to time limit.
Nicholas Aragon pitched six innings, allowing five runs on nine hits while striking out six and walking four. Corey Archibeque threw one inning relief, allowing two runs on two hits and striking out three.
Despite nursing a sprained ankle, Peter Campos (2 for 2, four runs batted in) led the Kryptonite offense in game one. He started the Krypto scoring with a two-run double that plated Dominic Yara and Diego Montoya in the top of the third for a 2-0 edge.
A three-run homer and an error helped Espaola grab a 4-2 lead in the bottom of the frame. Alex Branch’s RBI hit scored Isaac Lopez, and Luke Aragon’s run courtesy of a passed ball tied the game 4-4.
Espaola slipped back in front 5-4 in the fifth before Campos’ two-run single with two outs returned the lead to Las Vegas. And Fabian Montoya’s run on another passed ball made it 7-5.
Against the Rockhounds, Las Vegas fell behind 6-0 before rallying in the bottom of the fourth, cutting the deficit in half. Corey Archibeque doubled to deep right center, and Isaac Lopez and Alex Branch followed with back-to-back walks, loading the bases. Two more walks (Antonio Arguello and Luke Aragon) brought in two Krypto runs, and Estevan Montoya drove in the third on a fielder’s choice.
But Santa Fe surged with seven straight runs and eventually sewed up a 13-5 win in a game that also was called due to time limit.
Archibeque led Las Vegas, going 3 for 3 with two doubles.
Others who recorded at least one hit Saturday for Las Vegas: Nicholas Aragon, Antonio Arguello, Alex Branch, Isaac Lopez, Diego Montoya and Dominic Yara.
Fabian Montoya pitched all of game two for Las Vegas, allowing 13 runs on 14 hits and striking out seven.