Today's Sports

  • Topes in Reno

    Las Vegas Optic

    An Albuquerque ninth-inning rally produced just one run Monday night, and the Isotopes (1-4) fell 4-3 at Reno in the first of a four-game set in Nevada.

    Reno scored all its runs in the first inning, then let stingy pitching and defense do the rest.

    Mike Tauchman drove in two runs in the top of the sixth to cut the lead in half. Then, in the ninth, a Chris Nelson single scored Jordan Patterson, who’d doubled to get on. But Aces reliever Silvino Bracho struck out Joey Wong for out No. 3.

  • Lady Cards smash Ruidoso

    Saturday’s doubleheader beating of Ruidoso was so efficient, the top-rated Robertson softball team didn’t have much opportunity to get a lot of hitting in.

    “We had 23 hits in two games,” noted head coach Michael Quintana, “one game with four at-bats and the second game only three times to bat.”

    Robertson won game one 17-2. Ashlea Lujan hit 2 for 2; Mikayla Roybal and Shanaya Pacheco both went 2 for 3.

  • RHS netters succeed in Las...

    Another long drive south yielded more encouraging results for Robertson’s defending state champion tennis teams over the weekend.

    On Thursday, the RHS boys and girls defeated Mesilla Valley Christian 9-0 and 6-3, respectively, in Las Cruces.

    Then over the next two days, Robertson endured a gauntlet of matches in a 14-team tournament before emerging with a pair of team championships.

    In pool play, RHS beat Gadsden, Santa Teresa, Las Cruces High and Silver on both boys’ and girls’ sides.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - April...

    •Albuquerque Isotopes at Reno Aces, 7:35 p.m., Reno, Nev.
    •Robertson JV vs. St. Michael’s (DH), 4 p.m., MMS Field
    •LCC at Adams State JV (DH), 3 p.m., Alamosa, Colo.
    •West Las Vegas JV vs. Robertson (DH), 3 p.m., TBA
    Track and field
    •Robertson hosts Meadow City Invitational, 3 p.m., Cardinal Stadium

    •Albuquerque Isotopes at Reno Aces, 1:05 p.m., Reno, Nev.

  • Dons 2nd in Moriarty

    J.J. Esquibel, Miguel Coca and Nicholas Gurule all won individual events to help West Las Vegas’ boys earn second place in this past weekend’s Moriarty Invitational.

    That comes less than a week after West captured the top prize in its home meet.

    The Dons, coached by James Esquibel, accumulated 59 team points, second only to host Moriarty (73). Robertson was 12th (9).

    Esquibel raced to victory in the mile, while Coca won in the 2-mile. Gurule was tops in the javelin.

  • Lady Dons sweep Taos

    West Las Vegas climbed right back into the District 2-4A softball race with a sweep of visiting Taos on Thursday at WLV Field.

    The Lady Dons won 16-1 and 11-2.

    In game one, Taos struck early but West put up 13 runs combined in the second and third innings to seize control.

    In game two, the Lady Dons set the tone early with seven runs in the bottom of the first.

    The Lady Tigers scored twice in the top of the third to get within 7-2, but West answered with four more runs in their half of the frame.

  • Keeping the dream alive


    How far would you go to keep your biggest dream alive?

    Albuquerque Isotopes outfielder Stephen Cardullo dreamed of playing baseball at the highest level, hardly an unusual goal for many a starry-eyed slugger. But in addition to tirelessly developing his skills, he’s doggedly pursued a path that’s taken him across the country, footing most of his own expenses while toiling away in independent baseball.

  • Isotopes begin Year 2 of Rockies...

    ALBUQUERQUE — Year two of the Albuquerque Isotopes’ affiliation with the Colorado Rockies is off and running.

    A year ago, the change from the Triple-A team’s long standing as the Los Angeles Dodgers’ top farm club to the same role with the Rockies was quite a shift. A whole new roster of players and first-year manager Glenallen Hill were new to Albuquerque.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - April...

    •Albuquerque Isotopes at Tacoma Rainiers, 2:35 p.m., Tacoma, Wash.
    •NMHU vs. Metro State, noon, Brandt Park
    •Las Vegas Youth Soccer League games, TBA
    •NMHU at Colorado Christian and Colorado Mesa, 10 a.m. and noon., Lakewood, Colo.

    •Albuquerque Isotopes at Reno Aces, 7:35 p.m., Reno, Nev.
    •Robertson JV at Santa Rosa (DH), 4 p.m., Santa Rosa

  • Mora sluggers nab key wins

    By Dave Kavanaugh
    Las Vegas Optic

    Opening with two strong innings, the Mora baseball team held on for an 11-4 triumph over Santa Fe Prep on Tuesday.
    The Rangers, who outhit the Blue Griffins 20-10, struck for three runs in each of the first two innings before allowing their opponents to get on the scoreboard.

    While Prep cut the lead in half with three runs in the bottom of the second, Mora added scores in each of the next two frames to extend its lead to 8-3.