LV sluggers in state playoffs

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Lady Cards to host Ruidoso Saturday; others on the road

By Dave Kavanaugh

Their reward for a winning spring that included a District 2-3A title is a home game in the first round of the state softball tournament.

Robertson’s Lady Cardinals will be the No. 5 seed and will host No. 12 Ruidoso, tentatively at 11 a.m. Saturday.

West Las Vegas, which made it all the way to the 3A final last year, will make a return trip to state, albeit with a tougher path. The Lady Dons are the No. 13 seed and travel to No. 4 Hope Christian in Albuquerque. Game time had not been set as of press time.

The Robertson-Ruidoso winner will play the Hope-WLV winner in the second round at 9 a.m. Thursday, May 15, on the campus of Cleveland High School in Rio Rancho.

In softball, the first round playoff games are single-elimination format. Starting with the second round, the tournament is a double-elimination affair.

The championship game is set for 9 a.m. Saturday, May 17, at the University of New Mexico softball field in Albuquerque.

Both local prep baseball teams find themselves making road trips for their first-round best-of-three series in the Class 3A state tournament.

Robertson, which had entertained hopes of a first-round home series, instead landed the No. 10 seed. The Cardinals journey to the Four Corners to play No. 7 Bloomfield; their series begins at 6 p.m. Friday. Winner advances to play the victor between No. 2 Sandia Prep and No. 15 Hot Springs in a single-elimination quarterfinal at noon May 15 in Rio Rancho.

West Las Vegas is the No. 14 seed and has a tougher first-round opponent — but a much shorter trip. The Dons trek to No. 3 St. Michael’s; game times to be announced. Winner gets either No. 6 Raton or No. 11 Lovington at 3 p.m. May 15 in Rio Rancho.

Semifinals will be held at noon and 3 p.m. May 16 at Lobo Field in Albuquerque; the championship game is set for 12:30 p.m. May 17 at Isotopes Park.

In Class 2A, the Pecos Panthers earned a No. 6 seed and will host No. 11 Loving beginning at 4 p.m. Wednesday in Pecos. If the Panthers win, they’ll play either No. 3 New Mexico Military or No. 14 Mesilla Valley Christian next Wednesday, May 14, on the campus of St. Pius X High School in Albuquerque.

Class 2A semis are at noon and 3 p.m. Thursday, May 15, also at St. Pius. The final is 1 p.m. Friday, May 16, at Isotopes Park.

Tickets for state championships are $8 general admission, $5 seniors and students. The University of New Mexico charges $5 per vehicle for parking at Lobo Field.