Lady Tigers win twice; hope to keep rolling in 6-4A

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Los Lunas continued to ride the strong pitching of D'Ana Gabaldon and timely hitting in rocking through their early season schedule.

With District 6-4A games starting this week, the Tiger softball team rolled Manzano, 13-1, on Tuesday and Valley, 16-5, on Thursday.

The Tigers finished their pre-district schedule with a game at Rio Grande on Saturday at 10 a.m.

District play is set to started Tuesday with Los Lunas (10-2) hosting county rival Belen. The varsity team will play about 5:30 p.m., after the junior varsity game.

The Tigers are the defending 6-4A champions and winners of district titles in five of the past six seasons.

Los Lunas steps out of district with a visit to Santa Fe High on Thursday for a 4 p.m. contest and then hosts Bernalillo at 6 p.m. Friday.

Gabaldon has pitched every inning so far this season and coach Paul Cieremans does not see that changing.

He said, "She is our No. 1 and we are going to ride her as long as she can. We will have someone in relief in necessary."

Cieremans noted that he was preparing other pitchers on the JV team but did not foresee having to bring anyone up.

Los Lunas 16, Valley 5

Thursday at Valley, Los Lunas owned a 16-0 lead going into the bottom of the seventh inning. That is the only time when the Tigers ran into some misfortune.

Cieremans said, "They had a couple of hits and we tried to throw out lead runners, and we were not getting the outs we needed to be getting."

The defense fell apart slightly, when a throw to third hit a Valley baserunner's helmet and bounced away from the Tiger defender, allowing a run to score and the inning to continue.

The coach explained, saying, "We settled down after that and got the three outs. We have to finish games."

The Tigers' offense was led by Mykayla Moody, who knocked in three runs and scored twice in a 2-for-4 day. Jacque Jiron had a double and a triple and drove in two runs while scoring twice. Valley made five errors in the game.

Los Lunas 13,

Manzano 1 (5 inn.)

Tuesday at LLHS, Los Lunas put up three runs in the bottom of the first inning in the mercy-rule victory.

Gabaldon led off with a pop fly to centerfield that was misjudged and dropped in for a single. Jiron followed with a bunt and reached on an over throw that allowed the runners to advance. Nikki Hathoot drove in both runners, and the rout was on.

The Tigers added five runs each in second and third innings to lead 13-0. Manzano made six errors in the contest.


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