Sports Roundup

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By Dave Kavanaugh

West Las Vegas’ softball team appears to have shaken loose from early-season doldrums, scoring a convincing 14-4 win Wednesday at Santa Fe Indian School.

The Lady Dons led 11-3 by the fifth inning and finished with strength to put the key non-district win on ice.

Marrisa Cordova delivered another strong pitching performance, and the Lady Dons defense held, as the shortstop (Gabby Griego) to first (Larrissa Gallegos) groundout play was in midseason form.

The game, originally scheduled Tuesday, was switched to a day later.

West and coach Lucas Griego continue their lengthy out-of-town season-opening stretch with games at Grants and Ruidoso on Friday and Saturday.

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Robertson golf standout Jayme Quintana shot a state-qualifying 91 in the Socorro Invitational early in the week.

Quintana’s strong start to the two-day tournament was just the beginning of good things for the Lady Cardinals and coach Gene Gurule. The team combined for scores of 390 and 402 to qualify a leg for state and finish second of six participating schools.

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In their home debut for the spring, Robertson’s tennis teams swept Clovis on Tuesday.

The Lady Cardinals shut out the visitors 9-0, while the Cardinal boys prevailed 7-2.

The defeat of the Class 5A Wildcats continues the positive momentum of Robertson’s performance in the Carlsbad Invitational. The RHS girls won that tournament, and the boys were third.

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On Tuesday, Robertson baseball and softball teams pulled a double whammy on host Capital. The Cardinals put the Jaguars away via the 10-run rule and a 15-5 spread.

The Lady Cards were even more dominant, taking a 14-1 decision.

Everyone in the batting order hit safely for the Cardinals, and Antonio Arguello and Ryan Tafoya both homered as they outslugged Capital 16 to 8.

Estevan Montoya was 3 for 3 with a double, and Nick Archuleta 2 for 3 with a game-high three runs batted in.

Luke Aragon, Fabian Montoya, Nathan Archuleta and Arguello also had multiple hits for Robertson.

Tafoya picked up the pitching decision after allowing seven hits and four runs — one earned — in four innings. Dominic Yara, who gave up one run on one hit in two relief innings, finished the game.

Over on the CHS softball field, Robertson’s girls pushed four runs across in the first and exploded for seven in the second in a game called after five innings.

Ashley Jaramillo led the barrage with four doubles in as many at-bats, driving in three runs. Janice Yara was 4 for 4 with a double and two RBI. And Marka Garcia went 3 for 5 with two doubles and an RBI.

Yara dispatched the Lady Jags with 64 pitches in five innings, fanning seven.

“We hit the ball well,” said RHS softball coach Adrian Jaramillo, noting that his club had 18 hits. “Janice worked more efficiently, making it a light day for the rest of my fielders.”