Walks help Aggies beat Hounds

Staff report LAWTON, Okla. — Cameron senior Dirk Masters struck out 10 batters in six innings and the Aggies took just enough advantage of 14 walks by Eastern New Mexico University pitchers to beat the Greyhounds 6-3 on Friday in the opener of a four-game Lone Star Conference baseball series. Masters (2-3) allowed just three […]

Texico rallies to stun Portales

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Portales shortstop Emilio Lovato turns the 6-3 double play well ahead of Texico baserunner Cole Rohrbach’s breakup slide attempt in the sixth inning of Thursday’s game at Wolverine Field in Texico. Lovato went 2-for-3 with three runs scored in the 6-5 setback.

By Kevin Wilson MANAGING EDITOR kwilson@cnjonline.com TEXICO — Six and a half innings in, every bounce seemed to go the way of the Portales Rams. Then the 8-9 hitters got on for Texico, and suddenly the bounces went the other way. The final bounce came at 7:10 p.m. at Wolverine Field, as sophomore Nathan Phipps’ […]

PHS roundup: Rowley qualifies for state

STAFF REPORT Portales senior Bailey Rowley qualified for the state golf meet in May. Her Ram teammates are close to joining her there. Rowley finished in a tie for second at the Great 8 in Ruidoso Thursday, shooting an 81 for her third qualifying leg. Portales shot a 394 to pick up its second of […]

Highlands sweeps ENMU softball squad

STAFF REPORT LAS VEGAS, N.M. — The Eastern New Mexico University softball team, coming off a 19-17 loss to end a conference series on Saturday, found nothing near that offense Wednesday in Las Vegas, falling in a 8-2, 5-1 sweep to host New Mexico Highlands. The visiting Greyhounds (10-30) scored first in both games, but led […]

Hobbs tops Rams 11-0

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Portales senior Kiersten Ramirez safely dives back to first base to prevent a pickoff against Hobbs on Tuesday. Ramirez finished 2-for-3 with a double, but Hobbs won 11-0 in five innings.

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER masher@pntonline.com The Portales Lady Rams learned the hard way what happens when you give a top-ranked opponent early scoring chances on Tuesday night as the Hobbs Lady Eagles run-ruled Portales 11-0 in five innings. Currently ranked third in the state, Hobbs (9-1) put up nine runs in the first inning […]

Hounds set to finish spring football drills

By Dave Wagner Sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com Josh Lynn admits he’ll miss Greyhound Stadium. Right next to the football fieldhouse on University Avenue, a new on-campus stadium is well under way and expected to be ready in plenty of time for Eastern New Mexico University’s 2016 home opener on Sept. 10 against Western New Mexico, one […]

Elida sends two to All-Star game

STAFF REPORT ELIDA — After winning their second-straight Class 1A title, and sixth-straight overall small school basketball title, the Elida Lady Tigers will be sending two representatives to compete in this year’s North/South All-Star game, in which only seniors are allowed to participate which is held on June 11 at the Santa Anna Star Center […]

Broncos bats come alive against Rams

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Floyd freshman third baseman Isaiah Ornales is thrown out at home against the Portales junior varsity in the first inning when trying to score off a David Martinez single. Ornales hit a double in the inning and drove in a run of his own helping Floyd win 12-2.

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER masher@pntonline.com After losing their last two games by a combined 20 runs, the Floyd Broncos got back to their winning ways on Monday night by beating the Portales junior varsity 12-2 at Ram Field. Floyd (5-3) scored early and often, and the fifth inning was the only one where the […]

Area prep track summary — March 25

Logan meet Friday Boys Team standings: 1. Fort Sumner 110; 2. Logan 94; 3. Boise City 68; 4. Tucumcari 42; 5. San Jon 38; 6. Springer 23; 7. Melrose 22; 8. Dora 18; 9. Grady 13; 10. House 9; 11. Elida 4. Area results Field events Javelin: 6. K. Burton, Elida 115-6 1/4. Track events […]

Rams blast Raton

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Portales second baseman Chris Aranda hits an RBI single in the third inning of the Rams’ game against Raton Saturday morning.

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER masher@pntonline.com The Portales Rams bounced back from a rough loss against Sandia Prep on Friday to destroy Raton 16-0 on Saturday in the second day of the their own baseball tournament at Ram Field. The Rams had just taken a 7-6 lead in their second game of the day against […]

Ram track teams finish third at Gene Wells

Staff report HOBBS — The Portales High track teams took a pair of third-place finishes Thursday evening at the Gene Wells Relays at Hobbs High School. The Portales teams scored 48.5 points on the boys side and 67 on the girls side. The host Eagles cruised to the win in boys with a 150.4-84 advantage […]

Buffs shut out Hounds twice

Staff report On a day when they finally got strong pitching, and from a couple of freshmen no less, Eastern New Mexico University’s baseball team couldn’t find a way to scratch out a run. Strong outings by right-hander Michael Holliday and lefty Alec Lemmon went for naught as West Texas A&M — which scored 26 […]

Javelinas finish sweep of ENMU

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ENMU catchers Isaak Bustamante, left, and Marcus Martinez congratulate freshman pitcher Michael Holliday after he was taken out of Saturday’s Lone Star Conference doubleheader opener against West Texas A&M in the top of the seventh. Holliday scattered five hits in 6 1/3 scoreless innings, but the Buffaloes won 2-0 in nine innings. WT shut out ENMU 1-0 in the nightcap, scoring the lone run in the top of the first.

Staff report Texas A&M-Kingsville scored 42 runs in a four-game Lone Star Conference weekend sweep of Eastern New Mexico University at Greyhound Softball Field. After being relatively quiet for three games, though, the Greyhounds at least joined the party in Saturday’s finale. It just wasn’t quite enough. Kingsville (14-19, 6-10 LSC) walloped six home runs […]

ENMU tracksters post two provisional qualifying marks

Staff report LUBBOCK — Eastern New Mexico University freshmen Julian Clark-Coronado and Gus Swanson earned provisional qualifying marks for NCAA Division II national outdoor track competition in Thursday’s Texas Tech Open. Clark-Coronado, from Houston, posted his second provisional qualifying mark in the men’s 200 with a season-best time of 21.24 seconds, good for fourth place. […]

Friday area prep baseball linescores — March 25

First game Melrose 13, Floyd 3 Floyd    003  00 —  3    3    1 Melrose    362  2x —13    11    2 Jose Torres, Brayan Navarro (4) and David Martinez; Wyatt Williams and Braden Hemminger. W — Williams. L — Torres. Top hitters — Floyd: Jarett East 1-3, 2B, run. Melrose: Hemminger 3-3, 2B, 3-run HR, 6 RBIs, […]

Sandia Prep tops Rams

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER masher@pntonline.com The Portales Rams are still looking for their first home win of the season. Defending Class 4A champion Sandia Prep beat the Rams 8-2 in the first game of the Portales tournament on Friday morning at Ram Field. Portales (2-5) started off the game well as senior starting pitcher […]

Portales softball team sweeps second day in Rio Rancho

STAFF REPORT RIO RANCHO — The second day of the Rio Rancho Cleveland tourney went well for the Lady Rams as they put up 29 runs in victories over Gallup (13-8) and Shiprock (16-1). Senior shortstop Kiersten Ramirez went 6-for-7 in the two games, scoring seven runs and driving in one. Meantime, eighth-grader Wendy Baeza […]

Early rally not enough for Hounds

STAFF REPORT Catcher John Baiada hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the third inning and finished 3-for-5 with five RBIs on Friday night as 20th-ranked West Texas A&M posted a 16-5 Lone Star Conference baseball victory over Eastern New Mexico University at Greyhound Field. Baiada’s second home run of the season put the Buffaloes (21-7, […]

ENMU suffers softball sweep

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ENMU pitcher James Thomas congratulates sophomore Mike McNicholl after his a two-run homer in the second inning tied Friday’s Lone Start Conference baseball game against West Texas A&M at 2-2. The Buffaloes, though, went on to a 16-5 win over ENMU at Greyhound Field.

STAFF REPORT In the midst of a Lone Star Conference season where runs haven’t come easily, Texas A&M-Kingsville found just enough to survive on Friday at Greyhound Softball Field. The Javelinas rallied back from a 3-0 first-inning deficit, outscoring Eastern New Mexico University 12-4 the rest of the afternoon to double their LSC win total […]

Wildcats reach title game

STAFF REPORT RIO RANCHO — Senior right-hander Austin Adams contributed an RBI double to a three-run first and made the runs stand up with a complete-game two-hitter on Friday night as Clovis High edged Artesia 3-2 in the championship semifinals of the Sal Puentes Invitational baseball tournament. The Wildcats (7-3) meet La Cueva an 11-2 […]