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Colts fall in semis to Capitan, 6-0

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Capitan’s John Rogers slides in safe at third on a stolen base attempt before NMMI’s Martin Ayon can make the tag. The Tigers topped the Colts, 6-0, in the semifinals of the 25th annual Roswell Sertoma-Colt Classic and will move on to face the Texico Wolverines in the title tilt at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday. NMMI will play for third-place honors at 3:30 p.m. tomorrow against the Shiprock Chieftains. (NMMI Sports Press Photo)

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After a day one-win on Thursday in the 25th annual Roswell Sertoma-Colt Classic baseball tournament, the New Mexico Military Institute Colts dropped their semifinal match on Friday against the Capitan Tigers, 6-0.

NMMI’s Alejandro Barcenas protects the plate with two strikes, looping this outside pitch for an opposite-field base hit into shallow right and putting the Colts in front of Hatch, 6-0, in the bottom of the fourth inning. Barcenas’ 2-for-3 effort at the plate was bested only by NMMI’s Jasper Best, who went 3-for-3 with an in-the-park-homerun and four RBIs. (NMMI Sports Press Photo)

The Colts defeated the Hatch Valley Bears, 10-0, in the opening round of the tournament, earning the mercy-rule win in just five innings via a walk-off balk.

Head Colt coach Charlie Ward was excited about the hot bats the Colts have been swinging this early in the season, and also with the pitching performance that sophomore Oscar Gomez had against the Bears.

“The kids are hitting the ball hard like they did during the Hal Bogle Tournament,” said coach Ward after the first-round victory. “I tell them to hit the ball hard and the rest will take care of itself. We were also very pleased with Oscar. He pounded the zone and kept his pitch count under 60. That could be a big plus for Saturday’s tournament game.”

But on day two of the Classic, the hot bats NMMI had been swinging, which collected 10 hits against the Bears, hit a brick wall against Capitan ace Brenden Usrey who went the distance on the mound for the Tigers, holding the Colts to just four hits and three walks, while striking out six for the complete game shut-out win.

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“We have been hitting well, but tonight, everybody was trying to hit fly balls,” said Ward about his team’s swings against Capitan.

NMMI had beaten the Tigers earlier in the season in a close 4-2 road-win back on March 16.

“They were just the better team tonight,” said Ward. “We had one bad inning and we fought back, but we just didn’t get it done.”

He hopes, however, that the Colts can bounce back and get the win in Saturday’s third-place game at 3:30 p.m. against the Shiprock Chieftains.

“You always want to win two of three in a tournament and win some hardware,” finished NMMI’s coach, but added that he’s already starting to look ahead at district. “We will have people on pitch counts since district starts on Tuesday. If we win, great, but district is what matters and everybody is 0-0.”

Coach Ward also wanted to recognize the play of senior Alejandro Lopez, who has hurled four shutout innings in relief for the Colts during the first two days of the tournament.

“Alex has pitched great in relief,” Ward said. “The positive I see is he is someone I can count on to pound the zone for district.”

In the other half of the winner’s bracket, Texico blanked Shiprock in similar 6-0 fashion, with Wolverine starting pitcher Dalton Thatcher throwing a no-hitter to help his team move once again into the championships of the Classic. Texico has won the tournament — hosted by the Roswell Sertoma Club — for the last three years.

Day 1 results

• Texico defeated Dexter, 7-1.

• Shiprock defeated Santa Rosa, 6-5.

• Capitan defeated Tularosa, 9-7.

• NMMI defeated Hatch Valley, 10-0.

Day 2 results

• Santa Rosa defeated Dexter, 8-6.

• Hatch Valley defeated Tularosa, 6-5.

• Texico defeated Shiprock, 6-0.

• Capitan defeated NMMI, 6-0.

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