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Today's Sports

  • Looking ahead - Sports - July 20...

    Monday
    Baseball
    • Albuquerque Isotopes at Reno Aces, 8:05 p.m., Reno, Nev.
    Softball
    • Las Vegas adult league games: MEN, Balls Deep vs. Vegas Boys, 6 p.m.; Sons of Pitches, 7:30 p.m.; Hackers vs. V-Town Grizzlies, 8:30 p.m., city softball complex
    • State Little League tournaments, various sites

    Tuesday
    Baseball
    • Las Vegas Train Robbers at Garden City Wind, 6 p.m., Garden City, Kans.
    • Albuquerque Isotopes at Reno Aces, 8:05 p.m., Reno, Nev.
    Softball

  • Robbers’ home finale Saturday

    The Las Vegas Train Robbers are running out of time to catch up in the Pecos League North and earn their second playoff berth in their three-season existence.

    They also may be running out of time, period.

    Las Vegas hosts the Santa Fe Fuego at 11 a.m. Saturday in a rare matinee game at Brandt Park, home of the New Mexico Highlands Cowboys. The teams will play again later that day at the Fuego’s home field, Fort Marcy Ballpark. The unusual two-city doubleheader will mark the Train Robbers’ final home appearance this summer.

  • Luna golf tourney in late August

    Luna Community College

    Area golfers are invited to take part in the 2015 Luna Community College Foundation Annual Golf Tournament to be held on Saturday, Aug. 29, at the Pendaries Golf Course in Rociada.

    A shotgun start is scheduled at 9 a.m.

    A four-person team sponsor is $1,000. A hole sponsorship is $250. The entry fee covers green fees, a cart, and a lunch.
    Money raised will be used for scholarships, according to the college.

  • Adames homers for PCL All-Stars

    By Lee VanHorn
    Submitted to the Optic

    Albuquerque Isotopes infielder Cristhian Adames promptly mashed the first pitch he saw in Wednesday night’s Triple-A All-Star Game over the left field wall for a solo home run at Werner Park in Papillion, Neb.

    A three-run ninth inning propelled the International League to a 4-3 win. The IL struck first with a run in the top of the first, and it wasn’t until Adames’ sixth-inning home run that the Pacific Coast League’s offense got on the board.

  • State tourneys include Vegas stop

    While their counterparts from other divisions make their way across New Mexico to vie for state championships in Little League baseball and softball this weekend, the Las Vegas 10-11 sluggers begin their title quest in the Meadow City.

    That’s because part of the 10-11 state baseball tournament’s  first round is set at La Plaza’s Rodriguez Park.

    LVLL, the champion of District 4, will host Lions Hondo, the champ in District 2, at 10 a.m. Saturday.

  • Former Isotope runner-up in derby

    Former Albuquerque Isotope Joc Pederson finished second in this year’s Major League Baseball Home Run Derby, held Monday night in Cincinnati as part of the All-Star festivities.

    Pederson crushed 14 home runs in the final round only to see hometown hero Todd Frazier of the Reds hit 15 — the last coming in bonus time. This year’s derby followed a different format, awarding bonus time based on the distance of the homers hit in the allotted regular time each round.

  • Go Fish - July 17

    Fishing report, July 14

    Charette Lakes: Fishing was fair to good using Power Bait and stone fly nymphs. Fishing was fair using worms for perch.

    Cimarron River: Stream flow on Monday near Cimarron was 121 cfs. Fishing was fair using red copper John Barrs, Cimarron specials, worms and spinners. Trout fishing at the Gravel Pit Lakes was good using Power Bait, salmon eggs and worms.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - July 17...

    Friday
    Baseball
    • Las Vegas Train Robbers at Santa Fe Fuego, 6 p.m., Santa Fe
    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Las Vegas 51s, 7:05 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque  
    • State Little League tournaments, various sites

    Saturday
    Baseball
    • Las Vegas Train Robbers vs. Santa Fe Fuego, 11 a.m., Brandt Park; Robbers at Fuego, TBA, Santa Fe
    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Las Vegas 51s, 7:05 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque
    • State Little League tournaments, various sites
    Softball

  • State champs! La Plaza Juniors...

    Battling back after being dealt their first loss of the tournament, La Plaza’s Juniors softball team emerged with a thrilling 17-16 victory over Deming and claimed the New Mexico state championship Sunday afternoon on Albuquerque’s west side.

    Santianna Medrano made a spectacular diving catch in right field for the final out, stranding what would’ve been the tying and winning runs for Deming.

  • Title town - La Plaza’s 11-12...

    Roy Pacheco and Joaquin Perea smashed two home runs apiece, and Elijah Alarcon connected on a grand slam, as La Plaza 11-12 baseball team romped past Las Vegas 22-1 on Saturday for the District 4 Majors championship.

    It was a fitting exclamation point for a huge week for the Las Vegas area’s youth baseball and softball teams.

    Eight divisions contested.

    Eight district championships.

    Eight state tournament berths.