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NMAA Week Recap (April 10-14)

Article and Photos by Jonathan Noah Padilla

MONDAY April 10 (Softball) Sandia vs Los Alamos

Final score Matadors 10 Hilltoppers 0

On Monday, the Sandia Matador softball team hosted the Los Alamos Hilltoppers. Sandia was firing on all cylinders as they cruised to a 10 run victory over Los Alamos with impressive play from their whole lineup. The Hilltoppers, who are capable of playing sound softball, did not do themselves any favors in this one as they ended the game with a total of 7 errors.

Sandia softball pitcher
Sandia softball pitcher Lilianna Villanueva
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TUESDAY April 11 (Baseball) Valley vs Bernalillo

Final score Vikings 10 Spartans 3

The Valley Viking baseball team hosted the Bernalillo Spartans on Tuesday for a district match up. The Vikings plated 5 runs in the first inning and never looked back in this one. Bernalillo was able to muster 3 runs in the fourth but were blanked in all the other frames. Valley senior, #1 Chris Lance, went 3 for 4 and was one HR shy of a cycle for the game. His teammate and fellow senior, #18 Robert Nunez, hit the only HR of the game.

Valley Viking pitcher Chris Lance delivers a pitch.
Valley pitcher, Chris Lance, delivers a pitch against Bernalillo High School
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TUESDAY April 11 (Softball) La Cueva vs Cibola

Final score Bears 12 Cougars 4

In softball, the La Cueva Bears faced off with the Cibola Cougars. This game featured two of the top teams in the metro area. Last time they played, La Cueva took the game 4-2. This game was not that close as the Bears crushed Cibola in their second bout of the season. La Cueva had 5 players who hit .500 or above in this one. Bear sophomore, #22 Melanie Macias, was 3 for 4 with 3 RBI’s and 2 runs scored. La Cueva junior, #27 Addison Byers, had 2 stolen bases while hitting .667 on the day. Freshman pitcher, #14 Lainey Alcaraz, had 7 strikeouts in 3.2 IP.

Melanie Macias stands in the batters box for La Cueva softball.
Melanie Macias awaits the pitch against Cibola High School
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Nadya Moreno hitting for La Cueva softball
Nadya Moreno, #8 La Cueva softball
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WEDNESDAY April 12 (Baseball) Magdalena vs Melrose

Final scores Game 1 Steers 12 Buffaloes 7 Game 2 Steers 6 Buffaloes 16

The Magdalena Steers and Melrose Buffaloes played a double header on Wednesday. The Steers took game one behind some great pitching from freshman, #13 Shane Montoya, who had a complete game with 12 K’s. Magdalena had 5 players hit .500 or above in game one. #24 Cy Draper of Melrose hit his first homerun ever in this game as well. Congrats Cy.

Game two was dominated by Melrose. The Buffaloes tallied 7 runs in the first inning and another 7 in the third which helped to end the game after five. All nine hitters were .400 or better for Melrose in this game. Junior, #22 Dathan Yeary hit a monster homerun with a wooden bat in this one as the Buffaloes cruised to victory.

Mike Cardonita celebrates a triple for Melrose High School
Mike Cardonita celebrates a triple for Melrose High School
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Josh Baca raises his glove after a tag out at third.
Josh Baca gets the tag out at third base
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THURSDAY April 13 (Baseball) Del Norte vs Rio Grande

Final score Knights 7 Ravens 10

Del Norte hosted Rio Grande on Thursday. The Ravens consistently put up runs throughout the game. The Knights started scoring in the fourth inning and came up 3 runs short in the end. In the seventh inning, Rio Grande had a base runner called out on an illegal substitution which led to an ejection on their assistant coach for arguing the call (Rule 3-3). The illegal substitution rules were 2-36 Article 3E and 3-1 Article 1 which covers what constitutes an illegal substitution as a courtesy runner.

Rio Grande baseball team poses for a photo after a win
Rio Grande baseball team takes a post game photo
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FRIDAY April 14 (Baseball) Hope Christian vs Bernalillo

Final score Huskies 5 Spartans 12

Hope Christian and Bernalillo squared off at the Albuquerque Baseball Complex on Friday. Hope Christian appeared to be well on their way to a victory as they led 5-2 going into the fifth inning. Bernalillo had other plans though as the Spartans plated 2 in the 5th, 4 in the 6th, and 4 in the 7th while holding the Huskies scoreless in those innings. Sophomore Uriel Castro pitched a complete game for the Spartans, tossing his best innings in the latter part of the game. Freshman Alejandro Hernandez-Carillo had a day at the plate going 3 for 4 with 3 RBI’s.

Bernalillo Spartan, Ulisses Castro gets a high five from his teammate
Ulisses Castro getting congratulatory high fives after scoring a run for Bernalillo High
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Jonathan Noah Padilla

Jonathan Noah Padilla is the sports journalist/photographer for The Hideout. Sports are what he loves. He covers games and spotlights your local athletes in New Mexico. He worked for eleven years in graphic design, marketing, social media management, and content creation for various business’ and is a current U.S. Army officer. You can also find him officiating local high school basketball games. Be sure to say hi to “The Bandit” when you see him out at your games.

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