Zia softball upsets 17th-ranked Mustangs

Freedom New Mexico SAN ANTONIO — Sophomore Kristen Cruickshank pitched a four-hitter and drove in the game’s only run with a sixth-inning sacrifice fly as Eastern New Mexico University blanked 17th-ranked Midwestern State 1-0 on Saturday in the St. Mary’s Classic softball tournament. The Zias (1-3) lost their first game on Saturday to ninth-ranked host […]

First responders host benefit softball game

PNT Staff Report Both the Portales Fire Department and the Portales Police Department will host the Guns and Hoses Cancer Benefit Softball game on Saturday, beginning at 3 p.m. at the Softball Complex. Drinks and hot dogs will be available. Raffle tickets are also being sold for a 37” TV. Tickets are $10 each or […]

June 28, 1976

• Campbell’s Gro-Green Portales men’s softball association placed third at the La Mesa Invitational Fast-Pitch Softball Tournament. • James T Dyke was selected by Phi Kappa Psi fraternity brothers at Eastern New Mexico University as the Summerfield Scholar of the Year. • From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on weekdays customers could purchase two pieces […]

PHS softball duo ready for North/South

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer In the past eight years, the Lady Ram softball team has placed only one player on the New Mexico South All-Star team. This weekend in Clovis, two Portales girls will be representing the South. Portales High School graduates Sasha Parker and Amanda Terry were selected following a successful run […]

May 27, 1976

• Portales Women’s Softball Association announced they’re hosting a Memorial Day weekend round-robin softball tournament. • The Kenna Ladies hosted a candidate speaking event at the Kenna Community House. The event was well attended with the Kenna Ladies reporting about $98 in donations collected at the event. • David Coleman joined the Staff at First […]

Four selected to LSC academic team

Freedom Newspapers RICHARDSON, Texas — Three baseball players and one softball player have been chosen to represent Eastern New Mexico University on the Lone Star Conference South Division all-academic teams. The baseball players are junior third baseman Derrick Kennedy of San Antonio, sophomore pitcher-outfielder Seth Clabaugh of Portales and sophomore outfielder Clayton Young of Canyon, […]

Lady Rams take second at state

By Eric Butler, Freedom Correspondent FARMINGTON — Portales’ softball team had been having its merry way against opposing pitching in its first three games of the state tournament as the Rams advanced all the way to the title game for the first time in school history. All that hitting, running, sliding and, most importantly, scoring […]

Lady Ram softball and Ram baseball seeded in state tournament

PNT Staff Report The District 4-3A champion Lady Ram softball team (17-8, 12-0 district) is seeded No. 5 in the New Mexico Class 3A state softball tournament in Farmington this weekend. The Portales girls depart Wednesday, before facing 12th-seeded Fort Wingate Thursday at 2 p.m. The winner of the first round game faces 4th-seeded Las […]

Clovis legend Guy Leeder dies at 64

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Guy Leeder, who for decades was synonymous with Clovis softball, died Monday night at 64. Services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday at the Marshall Junior High Auditorium. Leeder, a state softball hall of fame inductee, was called the cornerstone of the state’s Amateur Softball Association by its director, Alice […]

Quiroz quits Zias mid-season

By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer Less than an hour after the Zias softball team split a doubleheader Saturday at Zia Softball Field, second-year coach Armando Quiroz announced that he’s coached his last game at Eastern New Mexico University. Quiroz said he has been hired as the head softball coach for Pima (Ariz.) Community College, […]

PHS lists four on softball 4-3A list

PNT Staff Four Portales players were selected to the 2006 District 4-3A All-District team. Senior left-fielder Rebekah Gonzales along with junior catcher Jessica Adkins, junior second baseman Amanda Terry and junior pitcher Sasha Parker were selected to the team. “They are all very well-deserving, very reliable,” Portales softball coach Robbie Crowley said. “They hit the […]

AHORA looking for tourney help from recreation board

By Tony Parra Ron Jackson, Portales Recreation Board chairman, said he will talk with Association to Help Our Race Advance members from Eastern New Mexico University on the costs of using the Portales Softball Complex to raise money for scholarships. Freddy Bolanos of AHORA said last year AHORA members didn’t have to pay any fees […]

Freedom Newspapers

Hound baseball team off to 4-0 start ALPINE, Texas — The Greyhound baseball team continued to post big numbers Saturday, scoring 32 runs in a doubleheader sweep of Sul Ross State Saturday. Tim Crafton hit two homers in the first game, a 20-9 victory. The Greyhounds, who won the nightcap 12-6, have hit 12 homers […]

Baseball squad tabbed for fifth

Freedom Newspapers RICHARDSON, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University was picked for fifth place in baseball and seventh place in softball in Lone Star Conference South Division preseason polls released by the conference office. The baseball team, which finished 26-27 under 15th-year coach Phil Clabaugh in 2004, finished ahead of only West Texas A&M in […]

Equipment theft leaves Zias shorthanded

Freedom Newspapers Since he was hired as Eastern New Mexico’s softball coach in January, it’s been a rough go for Armando Quiroz. First, he stepped on a batting helmet while coaching third base during an intrasquad scrimmage in February, suffering a dislocated ankle which kept him from coaching the rest of the season. Then when […]

Area coach wins 2,500

Eric Butler: PNT Correspondent CLOVIS — When asked about his prolific amount of victories as a softball coach, Guy Leeder has a relatively simple explanation. It’s not a superb expertise in men’s slow-pitch softball, according to Leeder, but that he’s merely outlasted almost everyone else while compiling in excess of 2,500 wins. “It sounds like […]

Group trying to make pitch for fast-pitch

By Eric Butler: PNT Correspondent Developing a youth fast-pitch softball organization in a slow-pitch softball town is no easy task. Just ask Yolanda Aguilar. But Aguilar, and other like-minded proponents of fast-pitch softball, may be on the verge of turning the corner. An informational meeting for parents interest in organizing an area fast-pitch league is […]

City renews agreement

By Tony Parra City councilors unanimously approved to renew their annual membership with the Eastern Plains Council of Governments so that EPCOG administrators can provide services to bring funding, housing and businesses to Portales. Councilors approved during the city meeting on Tuesday to pay the EPCOG $2,577 as an annual membership for services such as […]

Portales softball team wins district title

By Kevin Wilson For the Portales girls softball team, it was a Saturday like no other. It was like most April days in Portales, with a slight wind and the sun beating down, but today was different — for when the Lady Rams arrived back in Portales that afternoon, they did it as District 4-3A […]

Hounds, Zias set to play at home

by Dave Wagner So far, Eastern New Mexico University’s baseball season has been pretty much a win-one, lose-one proposition. The Greyhounds (6-6) have neither won nor lost more than two in a row as they prepare for a four-game Lone Star Conference crossover series against Northeastern State (7-8) this weekend at Greyhound Field. The teams […]