Jaguars jam LLHS take lead with victory

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Valencia pitcher Garret Garcia scattered four hits and the visiting Los Lunas Tigers committed several uncharacteristic mistakes Saturday morning as the Jaguars took the District 6-4A lead with a decisive 10-1 win at Jaguar Park at Valencia High School.

“We played well, the kids were ready to go,” said VHS coach Carlos Carrasco. “They brought the sticks. We’ve been a little quiet before today but they really brought it against a good pitcher.”

Kenn Rodriguez -News-Bulletin photo: VALENCIA’s JOSH DOYLE slides safely into second under the tag of Los Lunas’ Nate Abeita during the Jaguars’ 10-1 win over the Tigers on Saturday.

Garcia struck out seven in six innings of work and helped himself out at the plate, going 3-for-4 as Valencia moved to 14-4 on the season, 4-0 in league play. The Tigers dropped their first district game of the season and scored just once after scoring 39 runs in three District 6-4A games leading up to their showdown with VHS on Saturday.

The Los Lunas loss, coupled with a stirring 9-8 Belen win over Miyamura Saturday set up a second showdown for the Tigers Tuesday — this time for second place in the district.

Belen started Tuesday’s game well, taking an early 7-4 lead but Los Lunas rallied to take a 13-8 win over the Eagles and stand alone in second place behind Valencia, which travelled Tuesday and beat Grants 9-2 to remain udnefeatre in league play.

You can read a full write-up of Tuesday’s Belen-Los Lunas game online at www.news-bulletin.com.