Valencia Jaguars hand Tigers tough loss at home, 11-3
The host Lady Tigers dropped a district contest to cross-town rival Valencia on Tuesday night.
The 11-3 win for the Lady Jags was welcomed after the Lady Tigers 12-3 win at Valencia earlier this season.
"Valencia came to play, and they outplayed us," Los Lunas head coach Paul Cieremans said after the game. "They hit us hard."
The Lady Jaguars had 15 hits in the contest, and scored at least one run in every inning.
Valencia's Erin Sharpe went 3-for-5 in the contest, scored twice, and brought in four runs for the Lady Jags.
Her teammate, Alisha Vigil, helped out on the sticks as well with three hits and two runs of her own. Vigil also brought two base runners home for Valencia.
Los Lunas had a difficult night offensively, managing only six hits in the contest. Lady Tigers Mykayla Moody and Jerrica Chavez scored for Los Lunas in the first inning, and Amanda Gonzales scored the only other run for the Lady Tigers in the bottom of the fourth.
"The ball bounces that way sometimes," Cieremans said of the Lady Tigers loss. "I'm just happy it happened now and not at state. It's better to take it now than when state rolls around."
"We came in with the goal of winning," Valencia head coach Jeff Young said of the Lady Jags, who lost 9-2 on Saturday in Gallup.
"We stepped it up and made big plays in big situations."
Valencia's Sharpe, Vigil and Iturralde each had a hit in Saturday's contest.
Gallup had a total of 12 hits in the game, and a big fourth inning the Lady Jags were unable to answer.
The Lady Tigers came into Tuesday's contest fresh off a 7-0 home win against Gallup's Miyamura.
Los Lunas' Samantha Lucero went 1-2 in that contest with two runs. Both Jacqueline Jiron and Mykayla Moody went 1-2 in the game.