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Lady Dons, Cardinals take down Ruidoso

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By Dave Kavanaugh

The Pam Sandoval era is off to a good start.

West Las Vegas’ softball varsity, now under the direction of new head coach Sandoval, opened its schedule with an 18-11 shootout win at Ruidoso on Tuesday.

Jasmine Sanchez hit 4 for 5 with a double. Lucia Martinez was 3 for 6 with a double, triple and three RBI. Jennifer Sanchez was 3 of 5 with one RBI. Amri Lucero had two doubles.

The Lady Don junior varsity also won, 7-1.

Sandoval, a veteran of the Las Vegas Police Department, has coached in various capacities over the years.

She is a onetime player for then-coach Cindy Roybal’s New Mexico Highlands women’s basketball team. More recently she has starred for city league softball teams in the summer.

Sandoval was hired in the offseason to succeed Lucas Griego, who is now head coach of the Luna Community College softball program.

The Lady Dons host Goddard for a twinbill at 1 p.m. Saturday at WLV Field.

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Robertson earned a split with visiting Ruidoso on the baseball diamond, also Tuesday, at Memorial Middle School field.
The Cardinals took the opener by a 13-5 count, putting the game away in five innings.

Robertson did most of its damage in the first inning, going up 11-0, then added two more runs in the second.

Ruidoso rallied in the fourth and fifth but couldn’t muster the necessary runs to extend the game.

Richard Armijo earned the pitching win, helping his own cause with a quick bat. He hit 3 for 3 with a double and drove in three runs, also scoring twice.

Austin King, Brandon Lucero and Antonio Padilla each had two hits for the Redbirds. King, Padilla and Antonio Cordova had two RBI each.

Cordova, Zach Jordan, R.J. Baca and Juan Bustamante were credited with one hit apiece.

Christopher Shalley — one of four pitchers to take the bump for Ruidoso — absorbed the pitching loss.

In the nightcap, the visiting Warriors prevailed, as the Cardinal bats failed to get as dominant a start.

After scoring twice in the first at-bats, Ruidoso broke the game open with eight runs in the third inning.

Alex Bates and Mason Taylor of Ruidoso combined to hold Robertson to six hits in a 17-6 win.

Armijo and Cordova plated two runs each. Lucero and Padilla pitched for the Cardinals, 5-2 this season under Rick Armijo.

The Cardinals host Socorro for a doubleheader starting at noon on Saturday.

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Robertson softball rocked Moriarty 18-2 on the road in another Tuesday contest.

No statistics were reported in time for this edition.

Coach Michael Quintana and his Lady Cardinals were to extend their road swing with a date at Portales on Saturday.

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Mora baseball lost to visiting Santa Rosa 15-4 on Wednesday. Manuel Benavidez’s Rangers open the Santa Fe Indian tourney with tough Hope Christian on Friday.

The Rangerettes lost 15-0 at Santa Rosa also on Wednesday. Their next action is a doubleheader Monday afternoon against Taos.