Thursday, April 22, 2010

Steers Drop Doubleheader To Socorro JV

By Nicky Romero
For the Mountain Mail

The Magdalena baseball (1-10, 0-5) was swept in a doubleheader against the Socorro JV 12-10 and 14-3 on Monday, April 19.
In the doubleheader that lasted six and one-half hours, Magdalena and Socorro went 12 full innings in the first game before anything was decided. In the first game, Magdalena's Ryan Alguirre pitched the first eight innings and left with an 8-8 tie. Alguirre also batted 4 for 5 and hit for a triple. Dylan Julian pitched the last four innings and got the loss.
Magdalena batters struck out 21 times and 12 of those went down looking.
Magdalena's Coach Manuel Martinez said, “The kids kept coming back and would tie the game. We left twelve runners on base. We just couldn't get the key hit to bring the runners around. We played good defense and it continues to improve.”
Freshman Ignacio Chavez started the game for Socorro and pitched six and a half innings. Eighth grader Ethan Smith came in for relief and pitched all the way thru the twelfth inning.
Socorro's Coach Kenny Gonzales said, “ In the top of the twelfth inning, we had some key hits. It was tied 10-10 when Tyler Zuni and Jordan Wheeler came up with some big hits. Tyler hit a triple and knocked in the two runs.”
In the second game, Magdalena had only three hits. They struck out ten times and left eight runners on base. Starting pitcher Bryce Milligan got the loss in the ten-run rule shortened five inning game.
Magdalena was missing two starters, so senior Miranda Secatero played her first varsity game. Secatero, the only girl on the team, started at second base and was fully prepared to play as she cleanly fielded a ball and threw out the advancing runner at second. She also reached base twice on walks and struck out once.
Socorro started sophomore and lefty pitcher Charles Peralta. In the top of the fifth, Socorro was up 8-3 and increased the lead by scoring six more runs.
Gonzales summed it up, “My boys played great in the two games, . Sam Boykin, a freshman catcher, probably had his best game. He went 7 for 7 at the plate in the first game and was one of the key hitters and brought in a lot of runs to help us win the game.”
Mag Falls To Estancia
The Magdalena Steers Baseball Team hosted and lost another district game to seventh-ranked Estancia 8-0 Thursday. Estancia (12-2, 3-0) extended their winning streak to 12 games.
Coach Manuel Martinez said, “We just couldn't put the bat on the ball. We've been playing better defense since the beginning of the season. Our defense is picking up, but we also have to concentrate on our bats and moving runners around.”

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