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  • Robbers to host playoff games

    Dillon Usiak’s three-RBI home run in the first inning provided all the offense the Las Vegas Train Robbers would need for an 8-1 win over Raton on Sunday at Rodriguez Park.

    Randy Wells, who’d gotten on with a one-out double, and Adam Kam, who was hit by a pitch, were on board when Chris Wilson singled to drive in the game’s first run.

    Then came Usiak, who was ahead 3-1 in the count when he drilled a shot that would hold up as the game-winner.

  • A Star is born - Endemann playing pro ball in LSFL while also being a family guy

    When his days playing football for New Mexico Highlands came to a close, Andy Endemann had no intention of hanging up his cleats.

    The hulking (6-3, 305 lbs.) but good-natured Endemann stayed active, signing up to play rugby locally with the Vatos, a club that has over the years represented a way for many NMHU athletes to continue competitive sport beyond their years of intercollegiate eligibility.

  • LAS VEGAS TRAIN ROBBERS PLAYER PROFILE — KAGEN HOPKINS

    KAGEN HOPKINS ... No. 37 ... Pitcher
    Birthdate: June 17, 1991
    Hometown: Vacaville, Calif.
    Achievement: Started in D-II College World Series
    Academic degree: B.A. in psychology
    Favorite MLB team: Atlanta Braves
    Favorite MLB player: Greg Maddux
    Favorite baseball movie: “The Sandlot”
    Funniest Train Robbers teammate: Eddie Medina
    Favorite music artist: Dave Matthews Band
    Favorite TV show: “Game of Thrones”
    Favorite book: “American Assassin,” by Vince Flynn

  • LAS VEGAS TRAIN ROBBERS PLAYER PROFILE — RANDY WELLS

    RANDY WELLS ... No. 5 ... Second base
    Birthdate: Dec. 29, 1987
    Hometown: Pittsburg, Calif.
    Notable achievement: Pecos League single-season hits record, 2012
    Academic degree: B.S., business, management
    Baseball hero: Derek Jeter, Joe DiMaggio
    Favorite baseball movie: “Bull Durham”
    Funniest Train Robbers teammate: Sushi (Hebisawa)
    Who would play you in a movie? Jeremy Renner
    Who would play Casey Dill? Matt Damon
    Hidden talent: Piano
    Favorite music artist: Jason Aldean

  • LAS VEGAS TRAIN ROBBERS PLAYER PROFILE — ADAM KAM

    ADAM KAM ... No. 25 ... First base
    Birthdate: July 31, 1991
    Hometown: Coral Springs, Fla.
    Baseball hero: Chuck Fontana
    Favorite MLB team: Yankees
    Favorite baseball movie: “Major League”
    Favorite Pecos League away city: Santa Fe
    Funniest Train Robbers teammate: Eddie Medina
    Favorite thing about Vegas: Road games, Allsup’s, Dick’s
    Who would play you in a movie? Leonardo DiCaprio
    Who would play Casey Dill? Joe Pesci

  • LAS VEGAS TRAIN ROBBERS PLAYER PROFILE — RYAN LAUER

    RYAN LAUER ... No. 15 ... Catcher
    Birthdate: Sept. 21, 1987
    Hometown: Chico, Calif.
    Baseball hero: “My dad”
    Favorite MLB team: San Francisco Giants
    Favorite non-baseball athlete: Hope Solo
    Funniest Train Robbers teammate: Randy Wells
    Achievement: Hit two home runs on mom’s birthday
    Favorite song, 1970s: “Rock N Roll,” Led Zeppelin
    Favorite song, 1990s: “I Believe I Can Fly,” R Kelly
    Favorite TV show: “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives”

  • Sounds silence ‘Topes

    Albuquerque Isotopes

    NASHVILLE — Khris Davis’ three-run home run in the seventh inning gave the Nashville Sounds a lead they would not relinquish in a 6-5 triumph over the Albuquerque Isotopes on Monday night at Herschel Greer Stadium.

    The Isotopes (57-46) have lost four of five games since the all-star break. They fell out of first place for the first time since July 7 as they’re now one game behind Round Rock in the PCL’s American Southern division.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - July 24, 2013

    Wednesday
    Baseball
    • Las Vegas Train Robbers at Santa Fe Fuego, 6 p.m., Santa Fe
    Softball
    • Las Vegas Summer Softball League, men’s division games, Havoc vs. Brew Crew, 6 p.m., Blaze vs. Yo Momma, 7:15 p.m., Brew Crew vs. Vegas Boyz (makeup game), 8:30 p.m.; all games at city softball complex, Grant Street

    Thursday
    Baseball
    • Pecos League playoffs: Las Vegas Train Robbers at Santa Fe or Trinidad, Colo., TBA
    Softball

  • City targeting recall signs

    Organizers of the effort to recall Las Vegas Mayor Alfonso Ortiz Jr. are crying foul after the city posted notices on the large recall signs around Las Vegas stating that they must be removed because they are illegal.

    The notice is a letter from City Attorney Dave Romero Jr. containing two sentences: “Any and all signs placed on said property are illegal and are not in compliance with Chapter 347 Signs of the City of Las Vegas Code. The sign/s must be removed by Friday, July 19, 2013 or they will be removed by city personnel.”

  • Magistrate denied conversation

    The state Judicial Standards Commission says Mora County Magistrate  John Sanchez initially denied having spoken to the cousin of a DWI defendant about a case while being deposed about the incident.

    Details of the case are contained in a “Petition for Discipline” filed with the state Supreme Court earlier this month and obtained by the Optic late last week.