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Sluggers endure sluggish offense

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Cardinals win two of three in tourney

By Dave Kavanaugh

A ground ball hit into a double play wiped away a potential tying and winning run for New Mexico Highlands on Friday in a 2-1 loss to visiting Colorado State-Pueblo.

CSUP closer Kolby Rimer earned a save and preserved a win for starter Mike Fabrizio in a classic pitchers’ duel at Brandt Park.

The ThunderWolves held the Cowboys to five hits — two by second baseman Nick Gonzales.

Austin Mascorro opened the scoring for Pueblo by making it home in the top of the first off a groundout by Evan Kenebrew.

A sacrifice fly by Eddie Williams scored Mario Sanchez in the top of the fourth to give the Wolves a 2-0 advantage.

Keeping with the trend, the Cowboys got their lone run courtesy of a productive out — Joe Cervantes’ pinch hit groundout to score Matthew Chavez in the bottom of the eighth.

Highlands and CSUP split a more offense-friendly day of baseball on Saturday, with the Wolves winning 7-4 before the Cowboys got even 11-1 in the nightcap.

Jarred Middleton hit a three-run homer for NMHU in defeat.

Andrew Ratterman notched four runs batted in for the Cowboys and was one of three with two hits in the 11-1 win. Cody Brown held the Wolves to five hits in seven innings.

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Robertson enjoyed a successful season debut on the diamond, winning two of three games in the Cobre tournament.

The Cardinals capped a strong three-day run with an 11-1 triumph over Hot Springs on Saturday.

In Thursday’s opener, they’d lost to Silver in a 4-3 nailbiter.

But they recovered to beat Santa Rita (Ariz.) 11-1 on Friday.

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“We played as cold as the weather,” lamented West Las Vegas head baseball coach Ryan Gabaldon after his team’s Saturday doubleheader with Moriarty.

The Class 4A Pintos were warm enough, though. They enjoyed a strong offensive day in a 15-2 and 14-2 sweep at WLV field.

The Dons slipped to 2-2.