Baseball/softball: Games vs. Taos delayed yet again

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By The Staff

Apparently, four days’ warning wasn’t enough for the Taos Tigers to find a way to get to Los Alamos.

Monday’s baseball and softball doubleheaders between Taos and Los Alamos were postponed again after Taos’ administration informed Los Alamos High School athletic officials that their teams didn’t have transportation to make the trip.

LAHS athletic director Vicki Nelms said Taos had plenty of warning about Monday’s rescheduled contests. Nelms said she told Taos school officials Friday morning that there was a good chance Saturday’s games would have to be pushed back to Monday because of heavy snow falling in Los Alamos that morning.

All games have been postponed until Thursday.

For the baseball teams, it was the third time Los Alamos and Taos have had to reschedule events and the second time games have been postponed for flimsy reasons.

The two teams were scheduled to open District 2AAAA play April 1, but the game was postponed by the umpiring crew due to snowfall. The snow, however, stopped well before the 4 p.m. game time and the field was reasonably clear and dry when the first pitch was scheduled to be thrown.

Just a few miles away that same afternoon, the Los Alamos-Taos softball game went on as scheduled.

Because the games are district games, all reasonable efforts must be made to reschedule them. Games must be played and scores must be reported to the New Mexico Activities Association no later than May 2, now just 11 days away.

District 2AAAA plays a 12-game schedule for both baseball and softball, consisting of two home games and one away game for each competing team against its four district opponents.

As of today, the Hilltopper baseball team has played just four of its district games and the Hilltopper softball team has played five. Taos has played six district softball games and five baseball games.

In the baseball standings, Los Alamos (7-10 overall, 3-1 in 2AAAA) is sitting in second place a game ahead of Española Valley, although that lead is effectively 1-1/2 games as Los Alamos has already clinched the tiebreaker between the two teams. Taos (7-11 overall, 0-5 in 2AAAA) will be mathematically eliminated from winning the district championship with one more loss.

In softball, the Hilltoppers (8-9 overall, 4-1 in 2AAAA) are 1-1/2 games out of first place in district — Española Valley leads the standings — and are half a game ahead of third-place Bernalillo. Taos has just one district victory.