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  • Isotopes break out 12 runs to...

    Opening an eight-game homestand, the Isotopes (20-29) unleashed a 12-run outburst in a 12-3 rout of the Omaha Storm Chasers (24-25) at Isotopes Park Friday night.
    Left fielder Matt McBride turned in a 3-for-4 evening with three singles and three RBI, while designated hitter Ryan Casteel went 3-for-5 with a double, a home run, three runs scored and four RBI.
    Albuquerque jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead in the first on a McBride RBI single only to have Omaha tie it in the top of the third. That tie wouldn’t last long, though, as the first eight batters reached for the Isotopes in the bottom of the third, allowing five runs to score.
    The big knock of the inning was a two-RBI double by Casteel. The ’Topes would go on to tack on two runs in each of the fifth, sixth and seventh innings to put the game out of reach.
    Isotopes Park has been very friendly to Casteel this season. He is now hitting .453 (24-for-53) at home. He also has seven doubles, a triple, three homers and 19 RBI at The Lab.
    McBride, meanwhile, did what Matt McBride does best Friday night: hit. The left fielder now has hits in 18 of his last 21 games, 13 of which are multi-hit performances. During that span, McBride is hitting .412 (35-for-85) with 17 runs, eight doubles, four homers, 14 RBI and three walks. He has also raised his average from .178 to .331.

  • LA cross country meeting Tuesday

    The Los Alamos cross country coaches are having a meeting for incoming freshman athletes and their parents and other newcomers to the high school program.
    The meeting will take place Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. in the high school’s Speech Theater — the entrance is by the outdoor basketball court, so attendees should park in the Griffith lot and walk toward the round library.
    The coaches will share information about high school cross country in general, summer practices, physicals, training calendars and more.
    For eighth-graders who already have an older sibling who runs high school cross country, attendance isn’t necessary.
    Those who cannot attend are asked to contact the coaches, Rob and Kathy Hipwood, at losalamosxc@gmail.com.
     

  • Competitors blow up targets

    Young athletes from across New Mexico shot International Bunker Trap in the cold and rain on May 16 at the Los Alamos Sportsmen’s Club.
    In international trap, there is a trap bunker that has three machines in front of each shooting station that launch clay targets. Competitors may use any 12-gauge shotgun that holds two rounds — two shots are allowed for each target. The 110-millimeter targets are thrown roughly 75 yards at 65 miles per hour.
    The competition was a qualifying event for the Junior Olympic national shotgun competition, which will be held in Colorado Springs July 20-26.
    Los Alamos participants at the event included Kes Luchini, Josh Smith, David Smith, Chris Bond and Sam Bond. Joining them were Shanna Moss and Jourdyn Rino from Aztec, Lauren Williams and Savannah Williams from La Plata and Garit Graham from Texico.
    Chris Bond won men’s gold. Bond and Josh Smith, however, were tied after regulation and needed a 15-shot shootout to determine the winner. Bond won the shootout to take gold and Smith had to settle for silver.
    Graham took bronze.
    The women’s gold went to Luchini. Savannah Williams won the silver while Moss beat Rino by one target to win the bronze.

  • Three-run ninth lifts Isotopes...

    A three-run ninth inning lifted the Albuquerque Isotopes (19-30) past the New Orleans Zephyrs (23-22) in a 4-2 victory at Zephyr Field, Thursday night.

    Tim Smalling and Jose Rivera each reached to leadoff the top of the ninth via an error. Roger Bernadina sacrificed both runners into scoring position, and Angelys Nina picked up an RBI single that scored Smalling. The hero of the night, Kyle Parker, then stepped in a roped a two-RBI single into left, scoring Rivera and Nina.

    Parker turned in a 2-for-5 evening that included a home run, a run scored and three RBI. It was his second-straight multi-hit game, and he now has hits in 14 of his last 15 games. During that stretch, he is hitting .373 (22-for-59) during that stretch with eight runs scored, three doubles, three homers and 12 RBI.

    HALE YEAH: Right-hander David Hale made his first start for the Isotopes since a spot start with the Colorado Rockies last week. He tossed seven strong innings, allowing just two runs on six hits. Hale did not walk a batter, while striking out two. In his last three starts between Triple-A and the Majors, Hale has tossed 19.2 innings, allowing just six earned runs and striking out 10.

  • Wright punches ticket to NCAA...

    One day in, one athlete to nationals.

    University of New Mexico track and field athlete Alice Wright punched her ticket to the NCAA Championships Thursday as she placed second in the 10,000-meter run at the 2015 NCAA West Preliminary competition.

    Wright, who will move on to next month’s NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore., was just one UNM athlete to enjoy success Thursday, as four other Lobos advanced to the next round at the West Preliminaries.

    Peter Callahan, Tamara Armoush, Sophie Connor and Alex Herring all moved on to the quarterfinal round of their respective events, which will be held over the next two days at Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin.

    But Wright was the headliner of the opening day of the meet, as she became the first Lobo in three years to make the national finals in the 10,000.

    After sitting back in the front a largely compacted group through 10 laps, Wright took control of the latter half of the 25-lap race. She led for a number of the final laps, conceding first place on the home straight of the bell lap to Air Force's Hannah Everson.

    However, her time of 34 minutes, 25.04 seconds was good for second place in the event and easily secured the requisite top-12 finish needed to advance to the NCAA finals.

  • ’Topper baseball players honored...

    After winning its seventh consecutive district baseball championship, seven Hilltoppers and its manager were honored recently by District 2-5A.
    Jared Mang was named the district’s co-player of the year, sharing the honor with Española Valley’s Jesus Chavez.
    Connor Mang, Lane Saunders and Jarrett Genero were named to the all-district first-team.
    Trevor Pacheco, Colin Maddox and Zealand Walterscheid made the second team and manager Mike Gill was named the district’s coach of the year.
    “It’s a great core — every one of them deserved it,” Gill said. “What a group of kids!”
    In baseball, the district recognizes the top-15 players, regardless of their position.
    Jared Mang did it all for the Hilltoppers — pitching, fielding and hitting the ball hard and far. Teams, however, often took the bat out of his hands. Mang was intentionally walked 12 times, forcing other players to step up.
    Lots of ’Toppers rose to the challenge and got big hits in big games.
    Walterscheid drove in a run against Española Valley to send the contest into extra innings. Then Genero knocked in the game-winning run to help Los Alamos win the district title.

  • Mang repeats as Gatorade Player...

    Honor after honor keeps rolling in for Jared Mang.
    Mang was recently named the District 2-5A co-player of the year. He’s been selected to play in the Class 5A and 6A North-South All-Star game, which will take place June 12-13 at Las Cruces’ Apodaca Park.
    Topping those honors, however, is one of the most prestigious awards a high school athlete can receive. For the second year in a row, Mang was named New Mexico’s Gatorade Player of the Year for baseball.
    “It’s a testament to what can be done with hard work in the off-season,” Los Alamos manager Mike Gill said. “It’s an award for him, his brother and his dad for the work they do in the off-season. They’re constantly working on skills. Swinging in the garage and getting those extra reps in, playing catch, taking ground balls.”
    Mang was able to excel all over the field and make big plays for the ’Toppers with his bat, glove and arm this year.
    In the field, Mang played three of the most demanding positions. He pitched in many of the team’s biggest games and finished with a 7-1 record on the mound with a 0.80 ERA and 66 strikeouts in 52.1 innings.
    When he wasn’t pitching, Mang played either shortstop or center field — depending on who else was one the mound.

  • Isotopes' late rally falls...

    The Albuquerque Isotopes (18-30) scored a combined three runs in the sixth and seventh innings against the New Orleans Zephyrs (23-21) Wednesday night but eventually fell 4-3 after surrendering an eighth inning run at Zephyr Field.
    Pitchers dominated the early innings Wednesday evening, putting up four straight scoreless frames. The Zephyrs struck for two in the fifth and one in the sixth to jump out to a 3-1 lead. The Isotopes managed a two-run seventh to tie the game at three, but an eighth inning single gave New Orleans the 4-3 lead and eventual win.
    MORE MCBRIDE: A day after having his 12-game hitting streak snapped, Matt McBride returned to form with a 2-for-5 day. He now has hits in 17 of his last 19 games, 10 of which have been multi-hit performances. During that stretch, McBride is hitting .421 (32-for-76) with 16 runs scored, eight doubles, four homers, 11 RBI and two walks.
    PEAKING PARKER: Kyle Parker also had his 12-game hitting streak snapped Tuesday evening and responded with a 2-for-5 evening that included an RBI and a run scored. He now has hits in 13 of his last 14 games and is hitting .370 (20-for-54) during that stretch with seven runs scored, three doubles, two homers and nine RBI.

  • Sports Briefs 5-28-15

    Tennis clinic
    The Los Alamos Hilltoppers are holding a tennis clinic for local youth, ages 6-15. The clinics also include a USTA Quick Start program for kids 6-10 years old.
    The sessions will take place June 8-12 from 5:15-6:45 p.m. daily at the Mesa Tennis Courts, located behind Sullivan Field.
    The clinics, which are a fundraiser for the high school teams, cost $40 and include a clinic T-shirt.
    To register, email losalamostennisclinic@comcast.net.
    For more information, call Lloyd, 660-5714, or Bruce, 660-1440.

  • Gladiators destroy Bandits

    The Duke City Gladiators are on a mission. In a third, and final, regular season bout versus the San Angelo Bandits, the Gladiators made a statement to the league that they are here to play.
    Monday in San Angelo, Texas, the Gladiators played a strong and commanding game, dominating the matchup, 47-10.
    The Bandits scored first in the first quarter, but Duke City’s Jayson Serda answered right back with a 52-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.
    Possessions for both teams were back-and-forth without any change in the score the rest of the quarter.
    In the second quarter, however, the Gladiators got the momentum and couldn’t be stopped afterwards.
    A huge play made by Serda on a missed San Angelo field goal was one piece of the winning puzzle. He returned the missed attempt for a 50-yard touchdown.
    Quarterback Kasey Peters connected with receivers Roland Bruno and James Cleveland on multiple occasions for touchdowns.
    Peters finished 17-for-33 with 166 passing yards and four touchdown passes. Cleveland and Bruno both finished with two touchdown receptions while Serda had quite the game with six solo tackles, two interceptions and two touchdowns.
    The Gladiators are now 6-3 overall and 4-3 in league play. The team’s last away game of is Friday in Allen, Texas against the Texas Revolution.