The storm is still rolling; Rams fall at the hands of high-flying eagles

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Out-hit, but not out-scored, the Cleveland High softball team rebounded from their loss in the Metro Championship Game to travel to Valley 3-2 on Tuesday afternoon in an opener of the Cleveland Classic at the Shockyards.

Scoreless through the first five innings, the Storm took a brief lead after Tavia Fragua hit an error and an out later Aubrey Jaramillo hit a home run.

The 2-0 lead after six innings didn’t last long, even with Storm ace Avi Fierro in the circle.

The Vikings (6-4), who finished eighth in the Metro Tournament, used a one-out double, an RBI single, a walk and a field single to tie the game, and were threatening to take the lead when Fierro Aaliyah stoked. Penn with two teammates on base.

As snow began to fall on the chilly afternoon, Mercedes Lovato walked with a down at the bottom of the seventh.

After Lovato moved up to second on wild pitch, Fierro threw a fly ball into right field, which was caught for the second out. But the throw from right fielder to Vikings second baseman was dropped and Lovato went home with the winning run.

The Vikings had seven hits in the contest, with Fierro striking out seven. Vikings pitcher Jerzey Gutierrez more than held on in the circle, striking out five but walking five and allowing just three hits.

A key play in the game that shouldn’t go unnoticed came in the fifth, when the Vikings had the bases loaded with an out, and storm catcher Ryen Herman threw a failed bunt attempt at third baseman Fragua, catching the base runner out of the bag. Fierro then retired that batter to end the frame.

The storm kept rolling

Despite that inauspicious start on Tuesday, the Storm won its next two Classic games, 16-5 against Manzano on Wednesday and 6-1 against Roswell on Friday, thus only needing a win on Saturday afternoon (3 p.m. ) against Farmington to clinch the title. .

Hobbs hammers the Rams

That wasn’t supposed to happen on the south side of Northern Boulevard: Rio Rancho was relegated in the third-place game of its annual Kristin Griego after being beaten 12-4 by Hobbs on Friday afternoon.

It was the Rams’ third game of the day (the Rams had beaten Taos 14-1 and Eldorado 11-1 earlier), and after scoring four runs off the top of the first, the Rams’ offense was kaput – and the Eagles started hitting home runs and played well defensively to advance to Saturday’s 2 p.m. championship game against Carlsbad, winning 7-5 over Volcano Vista in Friday’s other semifinal.

These games were designed for certain pre-district meetings: District 4-5A Foes Carlsbad (12-0) vs. Hobbs (10-2) and District 1-5A Foes Volcano Vista (12-2) and the Rams (9-6), who play for third place Saturday at 10 a.m.

Rams third baseman Marissa Valdez (15) had no chance of catching that knockdown in Friday’s loss to Hobbs. (photo Heron)

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