For being a couple of the state tournament’s longest-shot underdogs, Las Vegas’ two prep baseball teams put quite a scare into their heavily favored opponents on Saturday, miles from the Meadow City.
Fifteenth seed Robertson led No. 2 Bloomfield much of their game but stumbled late in losing 7-5.
To the south, 14th seed West Las Vegas kept close most of the way but fell at No. 3 Cobre by a 9-5 count.
“It got away from us in the fifth inning,” WLV coach Dean Gallegos said. “(Cobre) had a total of five unearned runs. We had errors ... and one (base hit) took a bad hop and he came all the way around. Things like that ... And we left 10 on base. That’s what killed us.”
West’s Manny Blea hit 4 of 4, Corey Archibeque 2 of 3, Jared Gallegos 2 of 3 with a double, Mike Armijo and Steven Montaño both 2 for 4, and Isaac Lopez added a double. Gallegos “pitched a hell of a game,” the coach added.
Similarly, Robertson was close to victory “up through the sixth,” said coach Shannon Aragon. “They scored on a Texas Leaguer and a home run.”
Nick Aragon was 3 of 4 with a run, and Dominic Yara, Girard Maestas and Adrian Jaramillo each had hits. Aragon went the distance pitching, allowing only three earned runs.
Both coaches said they’re excited and optimistic about next season.