Today's Sports

  • Robber win slips away in ninth

    Las Vegas’ hard-luck Train Robbers pulled ahead of Santa Fe with a hard-fought 7-6 edge in the top of the ninth inning Sunday night only to watch it vanish.

    With two outs, the Fuego’s Matt Petrone tied the game. Then Alex Teal, a pinch runner for Chevas Numata, dashed home on a wild pitch for the walk-off victory at Fort Marcy Park.

    Petrone finished the night 3 for 4 with a sacrifice fly and one RBI.

  • Houdek new RHS coach

    “I love soccer, and I love what athletics can do for kids,” said new Robertson girls’ soccer coach Jeffrey Houdek.
    “It helps them develop life skills.”

    Houdek will have ample opportunity to provide leadership in that regard this fall, taking over a talented squad that got abruptly younger this offseason with the graduation of nine starting seniors.

  • State brackets unfold

    La Plaza’s Majors (11-12) baseball All-Stars bounced back from an opening round loss to extend their state tournament run this past weekend in Los Lunas.

    In bracket play hosted by Enchantment Little League, La Plaza endured a 16-1 defeat to Los Alamos County on Friday. But the team won 4-2 Saturday in the playback bracket and was to have another elimination game — against Shorthorn — on Sunday.

    All state tourneys are double-elimination in format.

  • Error tips walk-off win to...

    Roger Bernadina scored a walk-off winning run courtesy of a miscue by Las Vegas pitcher Zach Thornton to lift the Albuquerque Isotopes to a stirring 5-4 win Saturday night at The Lab.

    The teams had marched in lock step with one another throughout the game prior to the decisive play.

  • Robbers to wrap up on road

    So much for a long goodbye.

    Saturday’s Las Vegas Train Robbers matinee at New Mexico Highlands University’s Brandt Park never made it to the field.

    The game had been expected to be the final home appearance of the Train Robbers this season. But it ended up being cancelled by Friday, with the second half of a peculiar two-city doubleheader remaining intact at Santa Fe’s Fort Marcy Park.

    The reason? A source close to the team said the team and NMHU had a dispute over facility usage that led to the game’s cancellation.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - July 20...

    • Albuquerque Isotopes at Reno Aces, 8:05 p.m., Reno, Nev.
    • 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

    • 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.

  • 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.