Eagle baseball team wins against Moriarty, loses at Abq Academy


Belen found out this week that the big inning giveth and the big inning taketh away.

An eight-run outburst in the fifth inning gave the Eagle baseball team a 15-4 win at home against Moriarty on Tuesday.

Mike Stearns-News-Bulletin photo: Eagle hurler Gabe Lucero delivers a pitch to the plate during the Eagles’ 13-6 loss to Academy on Thursday.

The visit to Albuquerque Academy on Thursday saw the Chargers put up 10 runs in the fourth inning on the way to a 13-6 win.

Belen will get one last tune-up at 10 a.m. on Saturday in a visit to Atrisco Heritage before beginning District 6-4A play on Tuesday when Gallup comes to the Eagle’s Nest. First pitch against the Bengals is scheduled for 3 p.m.

In other county diamond action, Los Lunas won Tuesday’s encounter with Del Norte, 12-4. Gadsden swept a double header from Valencia, winning the opener, 1-0, and taking the late game on Tuesday, 12-9.

The Tigers visit Valley at 10 a.m. on Saturday, and Valencia is home to host Pojaoque Valley in a double-header with the first pitch slated at 11 a.m.

Tuesday’s district slate includes Grants visiting Los Lunas and Valencia at Miyamura.

Friday brings the first country rival game, as Belen visits Valencia at 6 p.m.

Belen 15, Moriarty 4

The Eagles broke open a close game in the fifth and did it well enough to get a mercy-rule win.

Tim Vialpando struck out eight in five innings on the way to the convincing victory.

Moriarty was down 7-1 going into the top of the fifth, but scored three runs to narrow the gap to 7-4.

Mike Stearns-News-Bulletin photo: Justin Yelch is greeted at home plate after his sixth-inning solo home run that helped Los Lunas down Del Norte, 12-4, at home on Tuesday.

Chris Peralta didn’t get a hit on a day when the bats came to life for the Eagles. But he walked three times and scored each time he was on base.

Andrew Castillo also scored three times, going 3-for-3 from the plate with a run batted in.

Abq. Academy 13, Belen 6

It should have been a bigger lead than 4-2 going into the fourth inning, according to coach Steve Contreras.

“Right now, it is just a combination of leaving the bases loaded two innings in a row,” said Contreras. “We didn’t execute in some bunt opportunities and it showed. Instead of being up eight or nine runs, we only led by two.”

Contreras was also unhappy with some mental lapses in the 10-run Charger fourth inning. C.J. Newey hit the first two batters of the inning before giving way to Gabe Lucero on the hill later during the outburst.

“One inning will show the youth of our team sometimes,” said Contreras. “We can’t be winning 4-2 and hit the first two guys that come up in the next inning.”

Gadsden 1, Valencia 0

It was a great start to the double-header as Anthony Gonzales struck out eight. But the Jaguars could not score, despite having several opportunities throughout the game.

Valencia loaded the bases twice and had runners on second and third twice, but could not get the clutch two-out hit to bring runners home.

“Anthony pitched lights out and got ahead on the count,” said coach Carlos Carrasco. “We hit the ball well, but made a couple of running mistakes. We just didn’t get that clutch hit when we need it.”

Gadsden 12, Valencia 9

Carrasco felt that the Jags let up after the close loss in the first game, allowing Gadsden to score seven runs in the first inning and three more in the second to build a 10-1 lead.

“We talked about playing seven complete innings,” said Carrasco. “The second game, we didn’t show up for the first two innings. Give credit to Gadsden, they made us pay for it.”

The Valencia coach noted that mental lapses in the field led to the big Rocket lead.

“We didn’t have an error, but we were not catching the ball cleanly,” said Carrasco. “We dug our selves in too big a hole.”

Los Lunas 12, Del Norte 4

Chuck Holt struck out six Knights and Justin Yelch and Chris Padilla each hit solo home runs in the easy win.

The Tigers are the first Class 4A team in the state to reach 10 wins.

At 10-4, coach Pete Candelaria feels that the Tigers are right where they should be.

“We lost a couple of close games to some 5A schools, but we are ready for district play because of the schedule we have faced,” said Candelaria.

Los Lunas did most of the damage in the eight-run sixth inning with a continuos string of singles. The only main extra-base hit came off the bat of Isaac Parra, who hit a triple.

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