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Today's Sports

  • Looking Ahead: Sports, April 13-...

    FRIDAY (April 13)
    Baseball

    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Salt Lake Bees, 6:35 p.m., Isotopes Park
    • Luna at El Paso Community College (DH), noon, El Paso, Texas
    • NMHU vs. Colorado-Colorado Springs, 3 p.m., Brandt Park
    Softball
    • Luna at Clarendon College (DH), 1 p.m., Clarendon, Texas
    Track and field
    • NMHU women at Colorado School of Mines, TBA, Golden, Colo.

    SATURDAY
    Baseball

  • College roundup: Erskine races...

    Osheen Erskine’s victory in the 100-meter hurdles highlighted a good weekend for New Mexico Highlands University women’s track and field at the Don Kirby Tailwind Open on Saturday in Albuquerque.

    Erskine won that event in 14.02 seconds. She finished just .05 of a second behind UTEP’s Annette Bolomboy in the 200.

    Highlands also had top-three finishers in each of three throwing events.

    (See Friday’s Optic for more individual results.)

     

    SOFTBALL

  • Prep roundup: Mora's...

    Roderick Martinez struck out 10 and allowed just one baserunner — via a walk — to lead Mora (6-2) to a 12-0 shutout of Peñasco on Friday.

    The Rangers pinned five runs on the scoreboard in the bottom of the first, added one in the second and doubled their lead in the third; the game ended after four and a half innings.

  • Looking Ahead: Sports, April 11-...

    WEDNESDAY (April 11)
    Baseball

    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Las Vegas 51s, 6:35 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque
    • Robertson vs. Pojoaque Valley (makeup), 4 p.m., MMS field
    • Mora vs. Questa, 4 p.m., Mora
    • West Las Vegas Middle School at Rio Rancho, 4 p.m., Rio Rancho
    Softball
    • West Las Vegas JV at Raton (DH), 3 p.m., Raton
    • West Las Vegas Middle School at Rio Rancho, 4 p.m., Rio Rancho
    Track and field

  • Cancion del Mariachi: Isotopes...

    As part of an effort throughout affiliated minor-league baseball to recognize the heritage of its Hispanic fan base, the Albuquerque Isotopes have adopted the Mariachis de Nuevo Mejico as their alter ego.

    The Isotopes will don the alternate Mariachis uniforms for four home games this season: Saturday, May 5; Tuesday, June 26; Friday, July 20; and Sunday, Aug. 19. The organization plans to have mariachi-themed promotions on those dates, with the possibility of actual mariachi groups performing at The Lab.

  • Batter up! Isotopes focus on...

    Whether it’s helping Albuquerque win baseball games or helping themselves reach the promised land of Major League Baseball, Isotopes players seem to be in agreement on what’s most important in those quests.

    “Consistency is the key,” said Austin House, a relief pitcher who is an alumnus of both Albuquerque’s La Cueva High and the University of New Mexico. “Going about your business every day like a professional. You’ve got to be a consistent player.”

  • Looking Ahead: Sports, April 8-10

    SUNDAY (April 8)
    Baseball

    • Albuquerque Isotopes at Salt Lake Bees, 1:05 p.m., Salt Lake City
    • NMHU at CSU-Pueblo, noon, Pueblo, Colo.
    Soccer
    • Las Vegas Youth Soccer League games, 1:30 and 3 p.m., UWC campus, Montezuma
    Softball
    • NMHU at Fort Lewis (DH), 11 a.m., Durango, Colo.

    MONDAY
    Baseball

    • Albuquerque Isotopes at Salt Lake Bees, 12:05 p.m., Salt Lake City

  • Highlands track ranked 14th in...

    Just two weeks into the outdoor track and field season, the New Mexico Highlands University women’s track and field squad is back knocking on a top-10 national ranking.

    The Cowgirls entered the NCAA rankings at No. 14 after a solid meet at the Spank Blasing Open on March 31. In that meet, three NMHU women produce marks putting them among the top four nationally in their event.

    The Cowgirls moved up 44 spots from last week and have now been ranked among the top 15 in the nation in each of the last six seasons.

  • Prep roundup: Just plain stingy

    Brandon Lucero limited West Las Vegas to two hits and a walk (with two late hit-by-pitch reaches) on his way to an 11-0 complete-game shutout Tuesday, and the host Cardinals improved to 12-1 overall and 2-0 in District 2-4A baseball.

    A few miscues proved costly for the Dons (6-7, 0-3).

    After Zach Jordan’s double to lead off the RHS half of the first, WLV pitcher James Archuleta was able to get the next two batters out. But Jordan ended up scoring on a passed ball, and it was 1-0 Robertson.

  • Digging the long ball: Cowboys,...

    Brilliant move. Big hit.

    Getting into the game as a pinch hitter with two outs in the bottom of the extra-inning eighth with one man on and his team down by one, Carlos Ramirez took a big swing at the first pitch he saw from Chris Lacher.