PHS to host first round in state baseball, softball

The Portales Lady Rams were accorded the No. 1 seed on Sunday in this year's Class 3A state softball tournament, and will host 16th-seeded Wingate in a 3 p.m. round-of-16 game on Friday.

The Lady Rams, runnersup to Silver in last year's state event, bring a 24-1 mark into the 3 p.m. contest against the Lady Bears (4-16). The other seven first-round games are slated for Saturday.

With a win, PHS would advance to the quarterfinal round at 10 a.m. on May 10 at Rio Rancho High School against either No. 8 Pojoaque or No. 9 Lovington.

The championship game in the double-elimination event is at 8 a.m. on May 12 at the University of New Mexico, with a second game if needed to follow at 2 p.m.

Meantime, the PHS baseball squad (20-6) drew the third seed in the 16-team 3A state tournament and hosts No. 14 Hot Springs (11-15) in a best-of-three series starting with a 6 p.m. single game on Friday. The teams will play at 10 a.m. on Saturday with the third game, if necessary, to follow.

The winner advances to face either sixth-seeded Las Vegas Robertson or No. 11 Pojoaque in a quarterfinal matchup on May 10 at Rio Rancho or Volcano Vista. The championship game is at 1 p.m. on May 12 at Isotopes Park in Albuquerque.

Meantime, the Floyd Broncos (17-6) have earned the No. 2 seed in the eight-team Class 1A baseball tourney and host seventh-seeded Gateway Christian (8-8) in a 4 p.m. quarterfinal tilt on Wednesday. The winner advances to the semifinals against either No. 6 Melrose or No. 3 McCurdy at 2:30 p.mm. on May 9 Manzano High School in Albuquerque.

State brackets

(Seeds in parentheses)

SOFTBALL

First-round games

Class 3A

(16) Wingate at (1) Portales, 3 p.m. Friday

(9) Lovington at (8) Pojoaque, 1 p.m. Saturday

(12) LV Robertson at (5) Cobre, 1 p.m. Saturday

(13) Ruidoso at (4) Hope Christian, noon Saturday

(14) Socorro at (3) West Las Vegas, 1 p.m. Saturday

(11) Hatch Valley at (6) Raton, 11 a.m. Saturday

(10) St. Michael's at (7) Shiprock, 1 p.m. Saturday

(15) Santa Fe Indian at (2) Silver, 11 a.m. Saturday

BASEBALL

Class 3A

First-round best-of-3 series

Friday, Saturday

(16) Socorro at (1) St. Michael's

(9) Silver at (8) Ruidoso

(12) Shiprock at (5) Raton

(13) Taos at (4) Cobre

(14) Hot Springs at (3) Portales

(11) Pojoaque at (6) LV Robertson

(10) Lovington at (7) Sandia Prep

(15) West Las Vegas at (2) Hope Christian

Class 1A

Single-elimination

Wednesday

(8) Logan at (1) Capitan

(5) Magdalena at (4) Questa, 2 p.m.

(6) Melrose at (3) McCurdy, 2 p.m.

(7) Gateway Christian at (2) Floyd, 4 p.m.

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