Lady Eagles hope to finish season strong

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EDITOR’S NOTE:  This story could not be included in the print edition of the April 25 News-Bulletin due to space constraints. It appears only on news-bulletin.com.

With the Belen High softball team unlikely to make the state playoffs this year, a strong finish to the 2011-12 campaign might help with momentum.
The Lady Eagles suffered a mercy-rule loss to Miyamura in Gallup on Saturday and fell to Valencia High on Tuesday to fall to  fell to 5-17 overall, 1-8 in District 6-4A.

They’ll play their regular-season finale at home against Grants on Saturday at 11 a.m.
BHS interim coach Amber Bertrand didn’t have any statistics from the Miyamura game, but said the defense struggled, as it has most of the season.
“It’s been a rough season for these girls,” said Bertrand. “The girls are starting to hit, but the situational stuff is where we fall apart. We keep working on different scenarios.”
Bertrand said Emma Gonzales started Saturday’s game in the pitching circle, but had to leave the game after being hit with a line drive in the fourth inning. Sierra Aroz, who hadn’t pitched in about a month due to an injury, was able to finish Saturday’s game in relief.
Gonzales did manage to hit a ball off the outfield fence, which Bertrand described as being a few feet short of a home run.
Injuries have made things tough for the Eagles. Aroz missed several games, and outfielder Shalene Aragon missed some as well, and appeared dizzy and barely able to stand after last week’s home loss to Gallup. Aragon played briefly on Saturday.
Belen has lost star shortstop Maria Montoya for the season due to the sophomore’s shoulder injury.

Look for a story about Tuesday’s loss at Valencia in the Saturday, April 28 issue of the News-Bulletin.


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