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Today's Sports

  • Hitting that home stretch

    Several Las Vegas, Pecos and Mora athletes put up strong performances in track and field meets this past weekend, with just less than a month to go before the state championships in Albuquerque.

    Teams were to participate in this week’s Meadow City Invitational. (See the Optic print and online editions this coming week for more coverage.)

     

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    Robertson’s boys placed fifth and the RHS girls were seventh in this past weekend’s Moriarty Invitational.

  • Little Leagues' openers on...

    Both local Little Leagues host opening ceremonies this weekend in town.

    Las Vegas Little League opens at 9 Saturday morning at Keyes Park, with ceremony followed by a full slate of games.

    La Plaza has moved its opneing ceremony to 1 p.m. Sunday, and games will be played at Rodriguez Park throughout the day.

    Regular game schedules will run Monday through Friday starting next week.

  • Go Fish: Friday, April 13

    This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and New Mexico Department of Game & Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.

    Catches of the week
    Conchas Lake: Gary Thomas of Estancia caught and released a 4.24-pound largemouth bass.

  • 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