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Weekend Roundup

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By Dave Kavanaugh

West Las Vegas’ softball team took Albuquerque Academy to extra innings Saturday before falling 8-7 in the fifth-place game of the St. Michael’s tournament in Santa Fe.

Pitcher Marissa Cordova had one of her better games for coach Lucas Griego’s club before the Duke City team won the chess match in 10 frames.

Bernalillo defeated West 8-3 in Thursday’s opener but the Lady Dons broke into the win column the next day, routing Española 18-4.

West is 1-6.

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West Las Vegas baseball stumbled to road losses in a swing across eastern New Mexico over the weekend.

The Dons lost 11-2 to a strong Portales club Friday night despite surrendering only five hits. On Saturday, they fell short in an attempt to avenge that loss, with the Rams prevailing 8-6. Then the Dons went down in defeat 17-2 against Eunice.

“We didn’t play ball,” said WLV coach Dean Gallegos, whose Dons slid to 6-7.

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Immersed in rigorous competition in this past weekend’s Kristin Griego Tournament in Rio Rancho, Robertson softball dropped four games, all  to Class 4A and 5A foes.

The Lady Cards (3-7) had 11 hits in a 14-5 loss to St. Pius on Thursday.

Robertson and Miyamura were deadlocked going into the sixth inning before the Patriots rallied for a 9-5 win; RHS had eight hits.

The Lady Cards collected 12 knocks against Santa Fe High but lost 13-7.

And the team had 14 hits in a 7-6 nailbiter to West Mesa, losing control in the seventh.

“Minor errors and a few batting slumps cost us each game,” said RHS coach Adrian Jaramillo. “All in all, great experience.”

Jaramillo hailed the performance of freshman catcher Megan Esquibel, who, he said, “had an awesome tournament and an excellent defensive outing for all four games.”

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Angelica Lucero cracked a grand slam and Brianna Abeyta belted a two-run homer for the Mora Rangerette softball team Friday in a wild 31-21 shootout defeat against Taos.

Taos also took game two with an 8-6 verdict.

Mora, coached by Josh Garcia, lost its opener at Tucumcari 15-0 and 13-3 back on March 15. The Rangerettes came back to sweep Peñasco 18-3 and 19-9 on March 19 before tripping against West Las Vegas’ junior varsity this past Tuesday.

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McCurdy beat Pecos 10-8 in the final of the Northern Rio Grande Baseball Tournament on Saturday in Mora.

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Memorial Middle School’s girls’ track team captured a meet title in Clovis, with 105 points to best Clovis Marshall (97), Clovis Yucca and Texico.