ENMU players picked up for NBC tourney

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers Playing for the Amarillo-based West Texas Outlaws in the wood-bat Red River League, Eastern New Mexico University baseball players Seth Clabaugh and Clayton Young will have their summer seasons extended. Both were picked up by the Oklahoma A’s, another league member featuring mostly players from fellow Lone Star Conference schools [...]

Roosevelt Zaps Zia 15-0

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer The Roosevelt County 10-11 year old All-Stars are headed to the New Mexico state championship tournament in Taos later this month after beating the Clovis Zia All-Stars 15-0 in four innings in the District 3 championship game Tuesday night at Portales’ Rotary Park. “Today we hit the ball well,” [...]

Elida fights hard, but loses in state semi’s

By Eric Butler, Freedom Correspondent Facing an early 3-0 deficit and a struggling starting pitcher, Elida coach Jimmy Ward did what many good baseball managers would do. In a Class 1A state semifinal, Thursday morning in Los Lunas, Ward inserted reliever Caleb Widner in hopes of holding down Mesilla Valley’s bats and giving his team [...]

Lady Rams reach first state title game

By Eric Butler: Freedom correspondent FARMINGTON — One step away from a softball state championship was pretty foreign territory indeed for Portales and Santa Fe Indian School on Friday night. But, after quarterfinal victories earlier in the day at the Class 3A tournament in Farmington, the Rams and Lady Braves were poised to make some [...]

Seven Zias tapped by LSC

Freedom Newspapwers RICHARDSON, Texas — Eastern New Mexico freshman outfielder Alex Mayo Otis has been chosen to the All-Lone Star Conference South Division softball team, released on Tuesday by the conference office. Mayo Otis, from Phoenix, was one of seven Zias recognized by the conference. She finished fourth in the LSC in hitting at .436, [...]

Rams sweep district doubleheader

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mickey_winfield@link.freedom.com With four games left in their district regular season, the Portales Rams put themselves in position to battle for the district championship with a sweep of the New Mexico Military Institute Colts Saturday at Portales High School 4-0 and 6-3. “(These wins) put us in a good situation for the rest of the way,” [...]

Zias sweep ACU, improve playoff chances

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers Eastern New Mexico University’s bats were smoking on Sunday, helping the Zias greatly improved their position in the battle for a Lone Star Conference tournament berth. ENMU used consecutive big innings to outlast Abilene Christian 13-9 in the opener, then rode a five-hit pitching performance from freshman Kristen Cruickshank to [...]

Texico beats Elida in second game at new field

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers TEXICO — A brisk south breeze blowing toward left field made a difference in the first inning, and the Elida Tigers could not recover. Casey Crist and Jesse Walthers hit towering two-run homers in the opening frame while freshman Seth Bailey went 4-for-4 at the plate and pitched six solid [...]

Greyhounds battle well, but lose to Cowboys

Freedom Newspapers Maybe the Eastern New Mexico University baseball team should have played New Mexico Highlands early in the season. The Greyhounds fared much better against the Cowboys than in their earlier clash, but the result was the same — an 11-7 loss on Tuesday night at Greyhound Field. Two weeks earlier, Highlands (25-13) pounded [...]

Goddard Rockets blast Ram baseball

PNT Staff Report Junior pitcher Justin Cooper held the Portales Rams hitless through three innings, striking out six as the Goddard Rockets posted seven runs in the first inning, and went on to beat Portales 13-3 Thursday at Roswell’s Joe Bauman Coke Field. “We came out really flat,” Portales head coach Arturo Ontiveros said. “Every [...]