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  • Let’s root for the home team

    To many people, baseball at any level, all the way from the Peewee leagues to the Majors, brings a sense of enjoyment and relaxation.

    Unlike basketball, for example, or football played inside an arena, baseball at this level generally is played outside, where people can enjoy a cool breeze in the night air.

    Now that Las Vegas has its own professional baseball team, that’s all the more reason to get out at night and support the Las Vegas Train Robbers, who have already chalked up three victories.

  • Editorial Cartoon - June 3, 2013
  • Another Perspective — Four-day week was a bad idea

    By Eric Martin

    For the Optic

    With the school year over and the pressure beginning to lift off the spirits of public school staff and students,  some may wonder how this year went. The jury is still out on student achievement,  with the results of state tests still unknown, but there are definitely some topics worth discussing.

    Those topics include the many new and somewhat controversial changes that have recently come to Las Vegas City Schools.

  • Crespin prevails in six

    Cruising to a bruising victory in what was described as a lopsided rematch, Las Vegas middleweight Arturo “El Toro” Crespin stopped Charles Alderete in the sixth round Friday night.

    The technical knockout, called when Alderete’s corner threw in the towel at the 1:19 mark in the final round, came on the undercard of Johnny Tapia Presents “The Next Chapter, Part Four,” a pro boxing event held at the Crowne Plaza in Albuquerque.

  • Smoke and Fuego

    Fourteen runs was almost enough to sustain the Las Vegas Train Robbers on Saturday night at the Santa Fe Fuego.

    Almost.

    After a six-run outburst in the top of the frame, Vegas led 14-12 midway through the sixth. But the Fuego, matching the Robbers’ prolific offense hit for hit, tied the score with two runs in the home half of the inning. And they got a single run — the eventual game-winner — in the bottom of the eighth.

    Santa Fe outhit Las Vegas 19-16 in the Pecos League neighbors’ first meeting.

  • NMHU athletes make all-region

    NMHU Sports Information and Optic reports

    Several New Mexico Highlands University athletes have earned recognition on all-region teams for their performances in the recently concluded spring sports seasons.

    NMHU baseball outfielder Jordan Goliat was recently selected to the 2013 Daktronics Baseball All-South Central Region First Team.  The junior from Phoenix was one of the Cowboys’ best players in 2013 and received recognition from the NCAA Division II Sports Information Directors of the South Central Region.

  • RedHawks’ clutch hitting sinks Isotopes

    Down to its last chance, Oklahoma City rallied to beat Albuquerque 13-10 on Saturday night at Isotopes Park.

    Albuquerque led 9-7 after six frames and with both sides going scoreless in the seventh and eighth, the Isotopes needed just three outs to put the win away.

    But the ‘Topes got just one out before Oklahoma City’s Che-Hsuan Lin blasted a two-run homer off reliever Steve Ames.

  • Lobos eliminated

    The Associated Press

    FULLERTON, Calif. — Nick Crucet hit a go-ahead RBI single in the 13th inning and Columbia held on to earn its first NCAA tournament win with a 6-5 victory over New Mexico on Saturday night in the Fullerton regional.

    The Lions (28-20) scored five runs in the eighth inning to erase a 5-0 deficit, getting the last three runs with two outs. Columbia was to play the loser of the Arizona State-Cal State Fullerton matchup.

  • Little League - June 3, 2013

    Las Vegas Optic

    Las Vegas Little League’s upcoming games are as follows. Games are played at Keyes Park.

    MAJORS DIVISION
    Monday games: Orioles vs. Cardinals, 5:30 p.m.; Mariners vs. Yankees, 7:30 p.m.
    Wednesday games: Reds vs Orioles, 4 p.m.; Red Sox vs. Mariners, 6 p.m.; Yankees vs. Angels, 8 p.m.

    MINORS DIVISION
    Monday games: Thunder vs. Paw Sox, 6:15 p.m.; Owlz vs. Sandgnats, 7:45 p.m.
    Tuesday games: Threshers vs. Bats, 6:15 p.m.; Red Wings vs. Rivercats, 7:45 p.m.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - June 3, 2013

    Monday
    Baseball
    • Las Vegas Train Robbers vs. Santa Fe, 6 p.m., Rodriguez Park
    • La Plaza Little League games (see schedule, Page 8)
    • Las Vegas Little League games
    Softball
    • La Plaza Little League game
    Tee-ball
    • La Plaza Little League games
    • Las Vegas Little League game

    Tuesday
    Baseball
    • Las Vegas Train Robbers vs. Taos 6 p.m., Rodriguez Park
    • La Plaza Little League games
    • Las Vegas Little League games