Belen sweeps Taos

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Belen continued its impressive early-season record with a double-header sweep of Taos on Saturday.

Valencia finished second at the Aztec tournament, losing to the host Tigers on Saturday after sweeping Aztec a week prior.

Mike Stearns-News-Bulletin photo Agusta amaro makes a catch at third during the double-header against Taos on Saturday. Belen will play in the Carlsbad Softball Invite this weekend.

Los Lunas won its only game of the weekend, dominating the Pintos of Moriarty, 12-2.

Tuesday’s games include Belen visiting Socorro for a double-header and Los Lunas at St. Pius. Both games were set to begin after the News-Bulletin press time.

Belen will be tested this weekend as they play in the Carlsbad Softball Invitational.

The Eagles face Artesia at 4 p.m. on Friday and then get the host Cavegirls at 8 p.m.

Saturday’s schedule had Belen taking on Las Cruces at 9 a.m., and Mayfield at 3 p.m.

Aztec 9, Valencia 1

After Valencia swept a double-header last Saturday, giving the Tigers their only two losses of the season, Aztec hoped they would get Valencia in the title game.

Four run innings in the third and fourth put the game out of reach for the visiting Jags.

Valencia 8, Farmington 7

Erin Sharpe picked up a win after letting the Scorpions off of the hook in the top of the seventh. Farmington scored three runs to take a 6-5 lead, but the Jags tied it in the bottom of the inning.

In the eighth, Valencia scored twice to get the win.

Valencia 14, Shiprock 0

It was a first inning onslaught as the Jaguars posted nine runs on the way to winning the opening game of the Aztec Invite.

Miranda Connelly got the win. Erin Sharpe hit a homer and drove in three runs to lead the offense.

Belen 13, Taos 2

The Eagles put up nine runs in the bottom of the sixth to get the mercy-rule win over the visiting Tigers. Emma Gonzales went the distance to get her fifth win of the season for Belen.

It was close going into the bottom of the sixth at 4-2.

“It was one of those innings,” said coach Ray Valero. “It was just a steady stream of a good little single and walks.”

Arena Lewis had an RBI single and Mariah Armijo hit a sacrifice fly for a run batted in. Agusta Amaro scored the final run.

Belen 17, Taos 13

Belen blew open a tight game in the fifth inning with five runs to take a 13-7 lead over the Tigers in the second game of the double-header.

Belen scored all of their runs with two outs and the bases loaded. A couple of walks and well-placed singles made the difference.

“We pretty much are concentrating on putting the ball in play,” said Valero. “I like the short game and the girls have understood how to make waves and put pressure on the defense.”


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