Teams gearing up for district games up to play ball


Area baseball and softball teams are getting ready to start their district games and all the other spring sports are well into their season. Here are how our local teams fared this week.

Manzano baseball

The Manzano Monarchs won 5-2 at Highland on Saturday with Benjamin Martinez hurling a complete game three-hitter. The Monarchs got seven hits during the win with Gabriel Vigil going 3-4.

Manzano softball

The Manzano Lady Monarchs lost 11-1 at St. Pius X on Tuesday. Six errors were a big part of the Monarch loss. The Monarchs also lost 10-0 at home to Albuquerque High on Friday.

East Mountain baseball

The East Mountain boys lost 4-0 to West Las Vegas on Saturday and lost 10-0 to Raton on Friday, both at the Portales Tourney.

Estancia softball

The Estancia softball team lost 19-4 at home against Navajo Prep on March 26.

Track and field

The Moriarty boys came in fifth at the Valencia Invite on Saturday with 34.5 points. Jake Flaming got the only first place, with a jump of 6 feet 2 inches in the high jump. Flaming also got fourth in the triple jump (38 feet) and sixth in the long jump (17'10").

Ricky Cisneros got silver in the 110 meter hurdles and also got sixth place in the high jump at 5 feet 2 inches — fellow Pinto Jonathan Ipiotis was sixth (19.46). The Pintos got fourth in the 4 x 200 relay (1:35) and the 4 x 400 (3:39) plus fifth in the sprint medley relay (4:04).

Tony Ford was fourth in discus (103 feet 9 inches) — teammate Jacey Broome was fifth (98 feet 7.5 inches). Also scoring with a sixth-place finish in the 800 meter race was Cruzz Howse (2:09).

The Moriarty girls lost by just a half-point to first place Rio Rancho at the Valencia Invite, scoring 91 points. Abbey Aultman took home golds in both the 100 meter hurdles (17.42) and 300 hurdles (51.42).

Caitlin Chavez led a 1-2-3 Moriarty medal sweep in the pole vault clearing the bar at 8 feet 9 inches. Dasha Booth was second at 8 feet 6 inches and Alicia Page third at 7 feet 6 inches.

Audrey Anaya got the only other individual gold for the Pintos with a heave of 113 feet 11 inches — she was also second in the discus (98 feet 8.5") while Audrey West was fourth in the javelin (97 feet 7 inches). Moriarty's team of Chavez, Aultman, Olivia Riblett and Angela Rodriguez also won the 4 x 400 relay (4:16).

Booth also got a second in the 100 (13.24) and the Pinto sprint medley team of Booth, Vanessa Forrest, Alyssa Sauter and Rodriguez was also second (4:29). Moriarty's team of Chavez, Forrest, Booth and Rodriguez finished third in the 4 x 100 (51.77) and the 4 x 200 (1:52.90) with Aultman running instead of Booth.

Forrest was second in the triple jump (30 feet 9 inches) where Chavez was sixth (29 feet 4.25 inches). Forrest was also fifth in the long jump (14 feet 5.5 inches).

The East Mountain girls placed eighth with 20 points at the Valencia Invite on Saturday. Addi Rauch got silver in the 3,200 meter race at 12 minutes 20 seconds. Amira Cunning ham was third (12:31) and Tatianna Perlinski sixth (12:41)—all three got personal records and qualified for state.

The 4 x 400 team of Amber Helvey, Kristen Dean, Rauch and Amanda Bishop finished fourth with a state-qualifying time of 4:23.71. Bishop also qualified for state with a third-place finish in the 800.

Sky Mendoza also scored for the girls with a fifth-place finish in the 1,600 (5:57.58).

The East Mountain boys finished ninth with 19 points at the Valencia Invite. Alex Heffelfinger got the lone first place with a state-qualifying win in the 800 (2:01)—Heffelfinger was also fourth in the 1,600 (4:45.52).

Alex McKee was sixth in the 1,600 (5:58) and fifth in the 3,200 with a state-qualifying time of 10:28.

In the long jump Sam Suddarth placed fifth with a jump of 18 feet .5 inches. Suddarth also was a part of the fifth-place 4 x 400 team which qualified for state with a time of 3:39.21 and the 4 x 200 team which got sixth (1:38.05).

Joey Woodyard was fifth in the 400 with a time of 52.64.

The Estancia boys were eighth with 22 points at Saturday's Valencia Invite. Caleb Ortiz had the best individual finishes with a second in both the javelin (139 feet) and shot put (40 feet), where he lost by only half an inch.

Ortiz was also third in the discus (114 feet 10.5 inches) was teammate Jakob Bernal in the 800-meter race (2:05). The boys were also sixth in both the 4 x 100 (47.86) and sprint medley (4:18) relays.

The Estancia girls were fifth with 43 points at the Valencia Invite on Saturday. Aubri Wrye got a gold in the 1,600-meter race (5:39) and was second in the 800 (2:24).

Samantha Ward was third in the triple jump (30 feet 5 inches) and fourth in the long jump (14 feet 8 inches). Alysa Miller was third in the 200 (28.61) while Carly Coburn was fifth in the triple jump (29 feet 6 inches) and in the 100 hurdles (18.14).

Anita Ortiz was sixth in the 100 (13.80) and Leanne Calhoon sixth in the pole vault (7 feet). Calhoon, Ortiz, Desirae Tapia and Wrye formed the sprint medley team that got third place (4:23), beating rival east Mountain by one second.

The 4 x 200 team was fourth (1:52.91), losing to Moriarty by .01 seconds. The 4 x 100 team was also fourth (52.49).

Manzano tennis

The Manzano Lady Monarchs beat Volcano Vista 6-3 on Tuesday. In singles, Hannah Contrucci and Santan Floe won by default while Kelly Watson got a come from behind win. The Monarchs won all three of their doubles matches.

The Monarchs also beat Rio Grande 9-0 on March 26.

The Manzano boys beat Atrisco Heritage 7-2 on Thursday with Dane Paulson, Viet Tran, Devin Mitchel and Spencer Gomez-Nelson winning their singles matches.

Manzano golf

The Manzano boys golf team had 366 strokes and was eighth out of 13 teams scoring at the APS Invite held at Desert Greens on Monday. Volcano Vista won with 333 strokes.