Weather scratches Saturday slate

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By The Staff

A last-second shot by Mother Nature gave winter a bit of overtime in northern New Mexico — and it put a number of spring sporting events on ice in the process.

New Mexico Highlands University and the two local high schools had scheduled a full weekend of baseball and softball in town, but Friday’s intense snowstorm scratched those plans. Instead, many local sports fans stayed indoors and tuned in to March Madness hoops on TV.

NMHU’s nationally ranked baseball team got an early jump on the approaching storm, playing part of its series opener with Colorado State-Pueblo on Friday afternoon. Midway through that game, officials suspended action due to heavy snowfall.

Highlands led 18-1 in the sixth inning when the game was called.

The series was to pick up again on Sunday at Brandt Park after this section went to press.

Highlands softball saw its four-game series with visiting Nebraska-Kearney reduced to two Sunday games on campus.

West Las Vegas’ baseball team had been slated to host Portales Saturday, but the snow forced a doubleheader to be cancelled. Dons coach Dean Gallegos said the team is looking to reschedule with the Rams sometime in mid-April. The Dons visit Santa Fe Indian on Tuesday afternoon.

Speaking of Santa Fe Indian, the Braves were supposed to open district play at Robertson on Saturday. RHS skipper Shannon Aragon reported that the games with SFIS will be made up on Saturday, April 17.

 Robertson’s softball team was to play Capital on Saturday morning in town, and that was nixed due to weather. Lady Cardinals coach Chris Najar said it’s unclear whether the game with the Lady Jaguars will be made up.

Also unclear is the fate of a weekend softball tournament that had been scheduled at West Las Vegas’ field. Coach Lucas Griego reported that there are “no plans at this time” regarding rescheduling of those games.