NMMI Sports Press
After a Day 1 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.
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 2 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. Usrey 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.
“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 16th.
“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 ‘W’ in Saturday’s third-place game at 3:30 PM 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. 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, 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 alley 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