Today's Sports

  • Juniors open district Friday

    District Little League tournaments are on tap over the next two weeks, and Las Vegas’ all-star baseball and softball teams have been immersed in practice sessions to get ready.
    This part of the postseason gets under way this weekend. La Plaza Little League’s Juniors Division softball team will host Raton at 7 p.m. Friday at Rodriguez Park. Play resumes Saturday morning.
    Meanwhile, La Plaza’s Juniors baseball team visits Mora, also Friday evening, for its district opener.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - June 26...

    • District 4 Little League Juniors: Las Vegas at Mora, TBA, Mora
    • Las Vegas Train Robbers at Las Cruces Vaqueros, 6 p.m., Las Cruces
    • Albuquerque Isotopes at Salt Lake Bees, 7:05 p.m., Salt Lake City, Utah
    • District 4 Little League Juniors: Las Vegas vs. Raton, 7 p.m., Rodriguez Park

    • District 4 Little League Juniors: Las Vegas at Mora, TBA, Mora
    • Las Vegas Train Robbers at Las Cruces Vaqueros, 6 p.m., Las Cruces

  • Robbers prevail

    The Las Cruces Vaqueros had no solution for Steven Taft on Tuesday night.
    The Train Robbers center fielder reached on each of his six plate appearances, hitting 4 for 4 with two walks and scoring four times as Las Vegas marched to a 16-9 win in Las Cruces.
    Las Vegas unleashed the offense early, running to a 6-0 lead midway through the first inning and leading 13-1 after three complete. Six Vaqueros errAdministerors helped the visitors run their record to 11-20.

  • Go Fish - June 26

    Catches of the Week

    Monastery Lake: Charles Jimenez caught a 24-inch rainbow trout June 16. He    was using corn and salmon eggs.

    Pecos River: Horace Martinez of Santa Fe caught a 5-pound, 22-inch rainbow trout June 19. He was using a 1/4 ounce Panther Martin.

    Fishing report, June 23

  • Chihuahuas win series opener

    El Paso protected its spot in the Pacific Coast League Pacific Southern Division race Tuesday night, scoring seven times in the first two innings and going on to an 8-5 win over visiting Albuquerque.
    The Chihuahuas improved to 36-35, padding their lead over the Isotopes (31-41). El Paso is second in the division behind the Las Vegas 51s (41-31). Salt Lake is in fourth at 28-44, trailing the Isotopes by three games.

  • Adult Softball - June 26

    The following are upcoming adult softball games scheduled by the City of Las Vegas Recreation Department. Games are played at the city softball complex off Grant Street.

    MONDAY, JUNE 29: Men, Sons of Pitches vs. Tecolote, 6 p.m.; V-Town Grizzlies vs. Tecolote, 7:15 p.m.; Vegas Boys vs. V-Town Grizzlies, 8:30 p.m.

    TUESDAY, JUNE 30: Men, Tecolote vs. Balls Deep, 6 p.m.; Hackers vs. Balls Deep, 7:15 p.m.; Tecolote vs. V-Town Grizzlies, 8:30 p.m.

  • Wind blows past LV

    Unable to recover from a sluggish start, the Las Vegas Train Robbers combined for just six hits Sunday night in a 14-7 setback against the visiting Garden City (Kans.) Wind, the Pecos League’s newest team.

    The Wind may have endured one of the longer trips in the league to reach Rodriguez Park, but it was hardly apparent.

    And the Garden City boys didn’t necessarily resemble a club that currently occupies the cellar in the Pecos’ Northern Division at 9-23.

  • Local Little Leagues set All-...

    La Plaza Little League officially concluded its regular season Saturday at Rodriguez Park, setting the table for the next segment of the season — district play.

    Both La Plaza and Las Vegas Little League have released All-Star rosters for the District 4 tournaments, which get under way starting July 5 in Taos. (Brackets will be published upon receipt by the Optic.)

  • U.S. women advance

    The Associated Press

    EDMONTON, Alberta — Now that Alex Morgan has a goal, she doesn’t want to look back on the opportunities she’s missed.

    She wants to look forward to the goals to come.

  • Late homers sink Topes

    Despite a nine-strikeout start from Albuquerque ace Jon Gray, the host Isotopes couldn’t hold on to their lead and fell 6-5 against visiting Tacoma on Sunday at The Lab.

    Gray went six innings on the mound and scattered seven hits and two walks with two earned runs on his ledger.

    The Isotopes led 5-2 three innings into the contest, getting a solo home run and a two-run double from Dustin Garneau.

    But the Isotope bats cooled, and Franklin Gutierrez tied the game with a two-run blast to left in the sixth inning.