Ram Field gets new scoreboard

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Randy Armstrong, foreground, and Gabe Davies of Clovis Sign shine up the new scoreboard the company installed Wednesday at Ram Field. According to Ram baseball coach Arturo Ontiveros the new scoreboard was purchased with a $12,000 donation from Portales National Bank. It should be in use during the Rams regional playoff game in two weeks.

Spring Training

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Clint Brakebill, left, prepares to run to first base, while Portales High School baseball head coach Arturo Ontiveros is set to deliver an outfield hit during drills at practice Thursday afternoon. The Rams start their season at 6 p.m. Tuesday when they host Goddard.

Cobre ousts Rams in Class 3A semifinals

PNT staff ALBUQUERQUE — For the second consecutive year, the Portales Rams made it to the final four of New Mexico Class 3A baseball — and once again, they’re coming home one game shy of the finals. The top-seeded Cobre Indians jumped on top early and never lost their lead in a 10-7 win against […]

Rams face top seed in 3A semi’s

PNT Staff Report The Portales Rams are just hours from the biggest baseball game in their young careers, but if you believe head coach Arturo Ontiveros, the boys are loose and relaxed. “It’s kind of scary, but they seem kind of relaxed,” Ontiveros said. “I always like to see a little bit of urgency but […]

Rams advance to semifinal

PNT Staff Report ALBUQUERQUE — The fifth-seeded Portales Rams thought they were a better team than the fourth-seeded Bloomfield Bobcats and in the Class 3A state baseball quarterfinals Wednesday, they proved it. The Rams came from behind for an 8-7 win to advance to the state semifinals for the second consecutive year. The Rams were […]

Perfection: Rams rout Tohatchi

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By Mickey Winfield: Freedom Newspapers The Portales pitchers were perfect Friday afternoon — and the Ram hitters weren’t far behind. Portales’ offense erupted for 22 runs in the first two innings of play and senior pitchers Mario Salazar and Phillip Danbom combined for a five-inning perfect game as the fifth-seeded Rams toppled 12th-seeded Tohatchi 26-0 […]

Rams host state first round today

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer The Portales Rams’ first district championship in recent memory has them charged for a run through the New Mexico Class 3A state tournament — and that run begins today. Portales hits the diamond today as the fifth-seed in a state first round contest, hosting 12th-seeded Tohatchi at Ram Field […]

Rams split with Clovis

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PNT Staff Report The Portales Rams lost focus late in the first game but re-grouped for a split Tuesday against Clovis. Portales allowed the Wildcats to rally in a 6-5 win but dominated the second game 11-1, thanks to big hitting and several Wildcat miscues. “(Clovis) made a lot of errors,” Rams coach Arturo Ontiveros […]

Rams split with Lovington

PNT Staff Report The Portales Rams dominated the first game of a District 4-3A doubleheader at Lovington 15-3 behind solid pitching from senior pitcher Mario Salazar before losing the second game 13-11. According to head coach Arturo Ontiveros, Salazar allowed just three runs while striking out 10 Wildcats. “(Mario) pitched awesome,” Ontiveros said. “When Mario’s […]

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 […]

Rams split with defending champs

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer The Portales Ram baseball team sent a clear message to the defending Class 3A state champion Lovington Wildcats with a 10-0 rout in the first game of a district-opening doubleheader Tuesday afternoon at Ram Field. The Wildcats earned the split, though, winning the nightcap 5-3. Senior pitcher Mario Salazar […]

Rams belt 35 hits in sweep of Robertson

By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer LAS VEGAS, N.M. — Portales unleashed the pent up energy of four canceled games due to weather last week and produced 35 hits Monday afternoon, clobbering the Las Vegas Robertson Cardinals in a two-game sweep, 18-3 and 16-9. “We hit the ball pretty well today,” Portales head coach Arturo […]

Ram baseball re-builds

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer If the Portales Ram baseball team hopes to match or exceed their success from a year ago, they’ll be doing it with a younger, less experienced team. The Rams concluded their 2006 season with a 7-6 loss to the eventual state champion and district foe Lovington Wildcats in the […]

Urlacher success surprises former opponents

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer Brian Urlacher helped the Lovington Wildcats go undefeated and win the Class 3A state football title in his senior season. However, area players and coaches who faced Urlacher while he was at Lovington are mildly surprised he became an NFL superstar with the Chicago Bears. The five-time All-Pro middle […]

Portales boys open tourney with win

By Eric Butler, Freedom Newspapers Correspondent ALBUQUERQUE— As contemporary Christian music blasted its way through the gym, Portales’ players going through their pregame warmups knew they were in for something a little bit out of the ordinary on Thursday. “It’s kind of different because we usually have the rap thing going,” said Rams’ senior Cruz […]

Portales deals Cards a loss

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer Portales had four players score in double figures, as the Rams survived a late Robertson charge to hand the Cardinals their first loss of the season Tuesday night at Portales High School 57-54. “I was proud of our kids for gutting it out,” Portales head coach Mark Gallegos said. […]

Rams rush past Ruidoso

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By Mickey Winfield Freedom newspapers The Portales Rams grabbed the lead early, and rushed their way to a district-opening win Friday night at Greyhound Stadium, 27-7 over Ruidoso. Portales gained 314 yards on the ground, including 121 yards and two touchdowns from senior running back Cruz Ontiveros. “We executed at a level that we know […]

Rams look for first win in Raton

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer The Raton Tigers (0-1) host the Rams (0-2) tonight at Tiger stadium with both squads looking for that first victory. “I’m excited, I think we’re better prepared for this (game) than we were for either of the other two,” Rams head coach Andy Correll said during Thursday afternoon’s practice […]

Rams face newcomers to state

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By Dave Wagner: PNT Sports Writer The Bloomfield Bobcats are in uncharted territory, at least in their recent past. Bloomfield advanced past the first round of the Class 3A state baseball playoffs last week for the first time in at least four years — and perhaps more — with a 14-4 win over Grants. The […]

Rams advance in 3A state baseball tourney

PNT staff LAS VEGAS, N.M. — Junior Mario Salazar threw 5 1/3 innings in relief and the Portales Rams escaped two early deficits on Saturday en route to a 13-8 victory over Las Vegas Robertson in a first-round game of the Class 3A state baseball tournament. The Rams (14-12), seeded 12th in the 16-team field, […]