Belen Eagles lose to Miyamura, 5-0, on Saturday

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The Belen baseball team ran into the same Miyamura buzzsaw on Saturday that has chewed up every team in its path in District 6-4A so far this season.

The Patriots methodically marched to a 5-0 victory on their home field.

"The story with us was our pitcher Timmy Vialpando; he gave up a few walks," Eagles coach Steve Contreras said. "Miyamura manufactured a couple runs in the third inning, a couple in the fifth and one more in the sixth."

Miyamura (8-6, 4-0) impressed Contreras.

"Right now, they're playing very consistent," Contreras said. "They're not making any mistakes. They're kind of waiting for the other team to make mistakes.

"Their pitchers aren't walking anybody; if you want to take anything you have to earn it. Offensively, they put the ball in play. They avoid the strikeout."

Contreras gave a lot of credit to one player in particular.

"They've got a senior, Zach Shank; he's just a vocal leader, he's doing a good job of leading them," Contreras said.

The biggest lesson that the Eagles (7-10, 1-3) can take from this game is how to play more of a small-ball style and be more efficient in the field and on the mound.

"Just the fact of with wood bats, you have to be able to make routine play defensively," Contreras said. "You have to throw strikes. You hope to keep the game close and hopefully somebody will make the play late in the game. We, unfortunately, did not give ourselves that chance."