Eagle baseball falls at Gallup

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The extremely young lineup of the Belen High baseball team showed its youth again Saturday in Gallup.

The Eagles made mistakes both in the field and at the plate in a 7-5 District 6-4A loss to host Gallup High. The loss made Belen 4-11 overall, 0-2 in 6-4A.

News-Bulletin file photo: Belen’s Xavier Armijo makes a catch in a recent game. The Eagle baseball team is set to host Valencia at 4 p.m. Thursday.

Belen is set to host Miyamura at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in a game originally scheduled for Tuesday, and is set to host county rival Valencia on Thursday at 4 p.m.

In the loss at Gallup, the Eagles took a 4-0 lead in the top of the first inning, only to see the Bengals (4-12, 1-1) go up 5-4 in the bottom of the second.

Belen, which made four total errors in the game, made three in the second inning. The loss was their sixth of the season by margins of four runs or fewer.

“We were still in the game at that point, but we hit the panic button, and there was no need,” said BHS coach Steve Contreras. “We gave that game away. I guess we’re going to have to find other ways to measure success besides only wins and losses.”

The Bengals went up 7-4 with two runs in the bottom of the fourth, and the Eagles then missed out on their best offensive opportunity in the top of the fifth. Belen loaded the bases with no outs, but a run-scoring groundout and an inning-ending double play ended the threat with only one BHS run scoring.

Belen would get no closer, and stranded 10 runners in the game. The Bengals made four errors of their own, but they only left three runners on base.

“That’s the way the season has gone,” said Contreras. “If something bad can happen, it will.”

Senior Hunter Blaylock pitched the entire game for BHS, striking out three batters and yielding only five hits.

On Tuesday, April 10, the Eagles are set to play a 3:30 game at Grants.


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