Belen beats Scorpions to open Artesia tourney

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It was a long trip to Artesia for this weekend's baseball tournament for the Belen Eagles. It was longer still for their first round victim.

Belen beat Farmington, 4-2, on Thursday to keep their early season record unblemished at 2-0. They faced last year's Class 5A state champion Carlsbad on Friday after News-Bulletin press time in the tourney's semifinals.

Belen opened the scoring in the first inning against the Scorpions as C.J. Newey singled home Andrew Castillo. He walked and stole second to get into position for Newey's RBI hit.

After Farmington tied the game in the top of the third, Austin Baca and Tim Vialpando responded with back-to-back RBI singles to put the Eagles ahead, 3-1, in the bottom of the inning.

Belen added a run in the bottom of the fourth. Nick Aragon singled and then took off for second on a bunt laid down by Castillo. The throw to first sailed into right field and Aragon raced home to give the Eagles a 4-1 edge.

"He took off on the bunt on the way to second," said coach Steve Contreras. "The ball was still out in right field, so I sent him home."

Farmington added a run in the seventh, but could not chase Newey from the mound. The senior got his first win of the season.

"It is a good solid tournament over here," said Contreras, noting that Farmington had just split a double-header with Class 5A Cleveland.

"The competition over here is tough," said Contreras. "It can only help us to get better."


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