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Today's Sports

  • Cowboys blow out Mines in series...

    The Highlands Cowboys scored enough runs in nine innings on Sunday to win the entire series at Colorado School of Mines. But the 14-0 beatdown counted for only one victory in the four-game set held at Darden Field in Golden, Colo.

    NMHU improved to 16-20 overall and 10-17 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, while Mines slipped to 11-24 and 9-17.

    Highlands outslugged the Orediggers 21-2 and led 8-0 through three innings.

  • Cowgirls finish strong, split

    Ashley Paiz’s steady pitching effort, backed by pretty good hitting from her teammates, ensured that Western New Mexico would not go home with a sweep.

    The New Mexico Highlands softball team won 10-2 in Sunday’s finale of a four-game series at Cowgirl Field.

    Paiz, who pitched a complete six innings in a game ended by the eight-run rule, had one of her better performances of the season. She held the Mustangs to two earned runs on four hits and no walks, striking out two.

  • Elite continues streak

    Submitted to the Optic

    In 9-10 youth baseball this past weekend, the Las Vegas Elite faced the Yellow Jackets with a shot of redemption on the line — and didn’t disappoint.  

    The Elite’s only loss of the season was to the Yellow Jackets on the first game of the season

    This time the Elite was ready this time, beginning with leadoff batter Caleb “Lubby” Marrujo who hit a double to center field.  Robert Silva, up next, hit it to the outfield, scoring Marrujo.

  • Lady Cards stop St. Mike’s, Taos

    Strong pitching by Janice Yara, effective equal-opportunity offense across the batting order, and a defense that’s much improved from the early season — those are ingredients that have helped Robertson softball win four in a row.

    The Lady Cardinals followed a Thursday afternoon sweep of St. Michael’s with a sweep of Taos, both on the road.

  • Little Leagues open season

    Saturday’s Opening Day ceremonies for both of the Meadow City’s Little Leagues were wrought with extra emotion as each league dedicated the season to figures significant to them.

  • Orediggers pile on vs. NMHU

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    GOLDEN, Colo. — Colorado School of Mines swept New Mexico Highlands University in a Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference baseball doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at Darden Field.  CSM prevailed 14-7 in game one before collecting a 5-3 victory in the nightcap.

  • Looking ahead - Sports

    MONDAY
    Golf
    • Robertson at Los Alamos, 9 a.m., Los Alamos

    TUESDAY
    Baseball
    • Robertson vs. Raton, 4 p.m., MMS Field
    • West Las Vegas at Taos, 4 p.m., Taos
    Softball
    • NMHU at Eastern New Mexico (DH), 2 p.m., Portales
    • Robertson vs. Raton, 4 p.m., RHS Field
    • West Las Vegas at Taos, 4 p.m., Taos
    Track and field
    • Robertson, West Las Vegas at Taos, 2 p.m., Taos

  • FYI - Sports

    A benefit mushball tournament will be held Saturday, May 7, at La Plaza Little League Field. Deadline to register is May 6; entry fee is $100 per team. For more information, contact Leona, 426-4850, or Joey, 429-0571.

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  • WNMU starts well vs. Cowgirls

    Western New Mexico hopped over the .500 mark in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference softball standings at the expense of intrastate rival New Mexico Highlands on Saturday, sweeping the first two of a four-game series in Las Vegas.

    WNMU (19-25 overall, 15-13 RMAC) outslugged Highlands 13-8 in their first game en route to a 5-1 win.

    The Cowgirls were 7-34 and 4-26 respectively, going into Sunday’s games.

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