Cieremans hits 200 wins
The Los Lunas High softball team’s pair of District 6-4A wins over Grants on Thursday at Tiger Field would have been noteworthy enough based on the double-digit scores and mercy rule shortened length.
But the two wins also put Tiger coach Paul Cieremans into the books in New Mexico high school softball as the sports’ latest 200-win coach.
Cieremans, who entered his 11th year as coach at Los Lunas High this spring season, said he had doubts about the milestone considering how many seniors graduated from last year’s squad.
“We’ve been blessed with good teams. This is one of those teams that’s been fighting hard,” Cieremans said. “We’re at 16 wins this year, and been playing some good ball. So hopefully it keeps going. I’ve been blessed with good players and coaches. It’s been fun.”
But the Tigers have overcome that, and the loss of projected starter Jacqueline Duran in the pre-season to post a 16-5 record so far in the season, putting them in second place with just two weeks left in the regular season.
“Being in 11 years in one place is a long haul,” Cieremans said. “It’s been a blessing and I’ve been blessed with six district championships and some quality teams along the way.”
In the two games that pushed Cieremans over the threshold of 200 wins, Los Lunas defeated Grants 15-0 in five innings and 25-0 in three innings. The Tigers were the visiting team in game two of the double-header Thursday. The double-header was played to make up for a game originally scheduled to be played in Grants earlier in the district season.