Los Lunas girls score 23-0 win in district 6-4A softball opener

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If there was any thought that Grants might be able to hang with Los Lunas in the District 6-4A softball opener for both teams Tuesday, it was erased by a 14-run first inning outburst by the Tigers.

Los Lunas then added eight more runs in the top of the second to assure the crowd that the game would not last past the third inning due to the mercy-rule limit of a 15-run lead after three innings of play.

Los Lunas will travel to Gallup on Saturday and then return home to host Miyamura, hoping to avenge a 5-4 loss to the Patriots in the past weekend's Kristen Griego tournament.

"We hit the ball well and ran the bases," said Tiger coach Paul Cieremans. "I don't know how to sugar-coat it."

Angela Duran got her 12th win of the season by allowing only one Pirate hit.

Cieremans said that the team tried to get out of the third inning gracefully, but Grants allowed them one more "accidental" run.

"We just scored one in the third inning," said Cieremans. "They let us. We were trying to get some outs, but it didn't happen."

Four errors helped the Tigers post the 14-run first inning. Jacklynn Sanchez had the big hit, a three-run homer. Jackie Jiron tripled home Vivian Lueras to score the last run of the inning.

Sanchez struck again in the eight-run second. Her double scored Mykayla Moody and Cienna Thompson. She then scored on Amanda Gonzales' double, along with Lueras.

Duran struck out five and only walked two in recording the one-hitter.


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