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  • No need to fear - Isotopes slide...

    ALBUQUERQUE — Creeping tarantulas, yipping dogs and a banquet setting of ballpark food lovingly christened with names like Radiation Burger and Nuclear Nachos.

    It must be opening week for the Albuquerque Isotopes.

    The team opened its 15th season under that name on Thursday night against the Salt Lake Bees, but not before amping up the excitement with Media Day on Monday afternoon at Isotopes Park.

  • Go Fish - April 9, 2017

    Editor’s note: This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and the Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers. For future weekly reports, see weekend editions of the Optic.

    Fishing season began April 1; don’t forget your new license.

    Catches of the week
    Pecos River: Andres Martinez caught a 6-pound catfish March 27. He was fishing the river near Puerto de Luna and using chicken liver.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - April 9...

    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Salt Lake Bees, 1:35 p.m., Isotopes Park
    • NMHU at Adams State, noon, Pueblo, Colo.
    • Las Vegas Grizzlies at Santa Fe Sting, 2 p.m., Santa Fe
    • Las Vegas Youth Soccer League games, 1 p.m., United World College fields, Montezuma
    • NMHU vs. Fort Lewis (DH), 11 a.m., Cowgirl Field

    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Salt Lake Bees, 12:05 p.m., Isotopes Park

  • L’Esperance leads Redbird golf...

    Justin L’Esperance of Robertson shot a 74 on Monday, leading the Cardinal boys’ golf team to a win in the West Las Vegas Invitational held at Gene Torres Golf Course.

    L’Esperance’s score was good for an individual championship as well.

    The RHS junior qualified a first leg (of three required) toward qualification to the Class 1A-4A state tournament. So too did Robertson’s boys as a team, coached by Sam Hillis, in his first year.

    Robertson’s girls also scored a win as a team.

  • East-West hits diamonds

    Brandon Lucero held West Las Vegas to six hits and three walks, striking out five — including two in the last at-bats — to stake Robertson to a 3-1 win Wednesday at WLV Field.

    Lucero won a good pitcher’s duel with Robbie Alarcon, yielding only one run in the final frame on an RBI single by Joaquin Barela.

    The Dons’ defense was arguably the more efficient, however, in the early part of the game. Alarcon and company stranded Richard Armijo in the first inning, then retired the side in order in each of the next three innings.

  • Opening day Saturday

    Opening day ceremonies for Las Vegas Little League’s 2017 season are set to begin at 9 a.m. Saturday at Keyes Park.

    The league’s tee-ball, baseball and softball teams are all expected to be on hand for the ceremonies, which will be followed by a full day of games.

    The season continues through June with games on weekday evenings.

    Also on the way are La Plaza Little League’s first week of games starting Monday, April 17, with opening ceremonies Saturday, April 22, all at Rodriguez Park off Grant Street.

  • Martinez bros to be honored on...

    By Kevin Collins
    Albuquerque Isotopes

    The Albuquerque Professional Baseball Hall of Fame will welcome brothers Ramon, Pedro and Jesus Martinez to its ranks on Saturday, April 8. The trio of brothers are scheduled to appear and will be inducted together in an on-field ceremony coinciding with Dukes Retro Night  at Isotopes Park.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - April 7...

    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Salt Lake Bees, 7:05 p.m., Isotopes Park  
    • NMHU at Colorado State-Pueblo, 7 p.m. n Robertson JV at Pojoaque tourney, TBA
    • Luna at Frank Phillips (DH), noon, Borger, Texas
    • Robertson at Albuquerque Academy Invite, TBA, Albuquerque
    Track and field  
    • NMHU women at Jim Click Multis, TBA, Tucson, Ariz.
    • Robertson at Moriarty, 3 p.m., Moriarty
    • West Las Vegas at Portales, 3 p.m.

  • Lady Dons sweep St. Mike’s

    One game was a white-knuckler, decided 13-12. The other was far less dramatic, a 20-2 blowout.

    West Las Vegas won both, sweeping visiting St. Michael’s in a softball doubleheader played under chilly conditions Saturday at WLV Field.

    The Lady Dons (8-5) kept pace with crosstown rival Robertson, who’d also beaten the Lady Horsemen earlier in the week. The two Vegas teams were to meet head to head for the first time on Wednesday afternoon.

  • It’s Grizzly season