Westerners put an end to NMMI’s postseason hopes with 75-65 victory in play-in game
NMMI Sports Press
The New Mexico Military Institute Colt baseball team took both games of a district double-header against Dexter on Tuesday, downing the Demons 16-6 in the opener, then winning the nightcap 9-6.
Dexter had early leads in both contests, but NMMI got and kept the lead late in the Game 1.
After a scoreless first, the Demons surged ahead with a three-spot in top of the second.
NMMI came back with a single run in the bottom of the third, but Dexter plated another pair in the top of the fourth. NMMI answered with two runs in the bottom half of the stanza to make it 5-3.
After another Demon run in the top of the fifth, the Colts knotted the game up at six during their at-bat, with Alejandro Lopez drawing a bases-loaded walk to knot up the score.
Martin Ayon broke up the tie in the bottom of the sixth, singling on a 1-0 count to score Luke Taylor’s pinch runner, Jorge Iruretagoyena, after earned a lead-off walk. The NMMI bats then went on a tear, plating nine more runs in the inning to end the game early by the mercy rule.
Oscar Gomez was credited with the victory for NMMI COLTS. He went three innings, allowing three runs on four hits and striking out one. Luke Taylor threw three innings in relief out of the bullpen aloowing three runs, all earned, with a strike out and no free passes.
David Miramontes took the loss for Dexter. He went four innings, allowing three runs on nine hits and striking out three.
The Colts racked up 14 hits in Game 1 – Lopez, Alejandro Barcenas, Andres Bleizeffer, Ayon, and Jasper Best all managed multiple hits – Lopez led NMMI with three hits in four at bats.
In Game 2, after spotting Dexter two runs in the top of the first, NMMI had three cross the plate in the bottom half of the inning.
They never trailed again – scoring two-spots in the second, fourth and sixth innings – to earn the sweep and improve their district record to 6-3.
Bleizeffer was a perfect 2-for-2 at the plate with a pair of bases on balls and scored all four times he made a plate appearance.
Best and Taylor both had 2 RBIs in the game, with Best also scoring all four times his number came up on the line-up card.
Bleizeffer drew a no-decision on the mound for the Colts as the starting pitcher, throwing 2.1 innings and giving up four runs, two of which were earned.
Lopez completed the game in relief, taking the win in 4.2 innings of work, allowing just two more Demon runs, and setting down Dexter in order during the fourth and fifth stanzas.
Next up for NMMI (16-6 overall record) will be another district doubleheader, at home against Sandia Prep on Friday, April 26. The first game is slated for a 3 P.M. start at the NMMI Ballpark.