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Today's Sports

  • Cowboys to host regional

    NCAA regionals, here we come.

    New Mexico Highlands on Sunday won the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference baseball tournament, beating archrival Mesa State 8-6 in the second of two games with the Mavericks.

    As the No. 1 team in the region, the Cowboys (39-11) will host this week’s NCAA Division II Central Regional in Farmington.

    David Bustillos and Scott Heath tallied three hits apiece and Kyle Gutchewsky drove in three runs to lead Highlands on Sunday. Tyler Wichmann was the winning pitcher.

  • RMAC lands 3 in tourney

    Highlighted by New Mexico Highlands’ remarkable run, the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference apparently has commanded enough respect this baseball season to warrant three seeds in the national tournament instead of the usual two.

  • Lady Dons headed to state...

    West Las Vegas' softball team learned its fate on Sunday afternoon: the Lady Dons are going to the state tournament as the No. 14 seed and will play No. 3 Portales in a first-round game Friday in Las Cruces.

    First pitch is noon at Maag Field No. 1. The winner advances to a 6 p.m. 6 p.m. quarterfinal, playing the winner between No. 6 Miyamura and No. 11 St. Michael’s.

    Quarterfinals, semifinals (11 a.m. Saturday) and the championship game (3:30 p.m. Saturday) are all set for Las Cruces’ Field of Dreams complex.

  • Little League

    The following are the baseball and softball scores reported to the Optic by La Plaza Little League and Las Vegas Little League for the past week’s action.

    FRIDAY, MAY 7

    Las Vegas softball: Stars 13, Lady Longhorns 10

    La Plaza minors: Cubs 19, Indians 6  

    La Plaza majors: Rockies 12, Cubs 6

    MONDAY, MAY 10

    La Plaza majors baseball: Yankees 11, Dodgers 10

    La Plaza minors baseball: Marlins 15, Yankees 2

    Las Vegas majors baseball: Cardinals 15, Reds 1; Yankees 11, Giants 7

  • Luna softballers chosen for...

    Luna Community College softball players Jennifer Inocencio, Brandi Rodriguez and Tomasita Smith have been selected to play on America’s Team that will compete in the Dominican Republic this summer.

    “Players are chosen on athletic ability, character and integrity as they will be ambassadors for softball, the college, community and America,” LCC spokesman Jesse Gallegos said in a news release.

    The trio along with other college athletes will tour and compete in Santo Domingo, Santiago and Cabarete from July 27 to August 5.

  • Why not Brandt?

    As NMHU’s baseball team prepares to make a four-hour drive west to Farmington, site of the NCAA Division II Central Regional that lists Highlands as host, some curious fans are asking:

    “Why Farmington? Why not Brandt Park, the Cowboys’ actual home field?”

    It’s a fair question, and as one fan who contacted the Optic pointed out, league rival Mesa State (in Grand Junction, Colo.) may have a shorter trip than NMHU.

  • Lady Dons going dancing
  • State baseball ride ends for Las...

    For being a couple of the state tournament’s longest-shot underdogs, Las Vegas’ two prep baseball teams put quite a scare into their heavily favored opponents on Saturday, miles from the Meadow City.

    Fifteenth seed Robertson led No. 2 Bloomfield much of their game but stumbled late in losing 7-5.

    To the south, 14th seed West Las Vegas kept close most of the way but fell at No. 3 Cobre by a 9-5 count.

  • Vatos put up a fight in regionals

    In Fort Worth, Texas, last weekend, the young Highlands University Vatos finished one win short of reaching the USA Rugby Sweet 16.

    In a big upset, the Vatos defeated Texas’ No. 1 Austin Rugby Club 13-7 before losing to Texas’ No. 2 Dallas, 25-10 in the semifinals.

    A 43-22 consolation loss for third place to Missouri No. 1 St Louis Rugby Club landed the Vatos with a fourth place trophy. The top three of eight regionals advance to the national final 16.

  • Nip-tuck East-West softball...

    In a day of wild rallies and photo finishes, Robertson and West Las Vegas battled to a split Saturday in the final softball doubleheader of the regular season.

    Each team had something at stake in terms of state tournament seeding (announced Sunday as this issue was going to press). And they both played like it.

    West Las Vegas won the opener 13-11 on Larrissa Gallegos’ walk-off two-run bomb in the bottom of the eighth inning.