• 'Topes Notes 06-05-13
    Isotopes win series finale, 10-2 The Albuquerque Isotopes collected a season-high eight extra-base hits as they routed the Oklahoma City RedHawks in the finale of their series Tuesday. Right fielder Matt Angle homered twice, the first multi-home run outing of his career for Albuquerque as it cruised to a 10-2 victory at Isotopes Park. The win for the Isotopes (31-28) gave them a series split with Oklahoma City. The Isotopes have a travel day today before eight road games against New Orleans and Round Rock. They will return to Albuquerque June 14. Albuquerque scored five runs in the bottom of the sixth to break open the contest. Oklahoma City scored a run in the top of the sixth to cut the Albuquerque advantage to 4-2 but Dee Gordon came through with a two-run triple and Nick Buss drove in two runs with a ground-rule double later in the inning. Red Patterson, who started Tuesday’s game, was added to the Isotopes’ roster earlier in the day. He had been dropped to rookie-level Ogden June 1 but right-hander Angel Castro was placed on the disabled list with a left oblique strain, necessitating the move. Oklahoma City (32-25), which won on Saturday and Monday, is tied with Round Rock in the PCL American Southern standings and those teams lead Albuquerque by 2 games. Isotopes hit 6-million fan mark
  • Game and Fish to host clinics
    Saturday is National Free Fishing Day across the country, meaning no licenses will be required to fish in public waters across New Mexico. The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish announced it will also host several fishing instructional courses for kids around the state. Those courses will be in the following locations: • Riverwalk Pond (Grants), 8 a.m. • Eagle Rock Lake (Questa), 9 a.m. • Roswell Walmart Super Center, 7 a.m. • Alumni Pond (Las Cruces), 8 a.m. • Tingley Beach (Albuquerque), 9 a.m.
  • Ryal's grand slam lifts Isotopes
    Rusty Ryal hit his first home run of the season for the Albuquerque Isotopes Thursday to give the team a 7-5 win in Memphis. Ryal took Redbird reliever Ramon Delgado deep in the sixth inning with the bases juiced. It was the second grand slam of the year for Albuquerque. Albuquerque (28-26) won its second contest at Memphis in this series. The series concludes tonight and Albuquerque will return to Isotopes Park for a series against Oklahoma City beginning Saturday. 
  • Isotopes win again on road
    The Albuquerque Isotopes scored seven unanswered runs to win going away in the series opener at Memphis. The Isotopes scored two runs in the seventh inning and three runs in the eighth, all of them coming with two outs to top the Redbirds 7-2 in Memphis Tuesday night. Tuesday’s win was the fourth victory in five road games for Albuquerque, which will return to Isotopes Park for a quick four-game set starting Saturday. The Redbirds (26-24) scored twice in the third to go up 2-0 early, but the Isotopes (27-25) tied the score in the top of the fifth. In the seventh, the Isotopes strung together three straight hits, including a triple by Rusty Ryal and a double by Jeremy Moore to go up 4-2. In the eighth, Moore, the Isotopes’ left fielder, again came through with a base hit to drive in two runs. Moore finished the game going 3-for-5. Geison Aguasviva (2-2) was credited with the win, going 1-2/3 innings in relief of starter Matt Palmer. Memphis reliever Nick Additon (3-2) was tagged with the loss.
  • Isotopes take 3 vs. Nashville
     The Albuquerque Isotopes wrapped up their road series with a win Monday at Nashville. Albuquerque’s Alfredo Amezaga came through with a 3-run double in the ninth innin as the Isotopes downed Nashville’s Sounds 7-4 to win their third game of the four-game series on the road. The Isotopes (26-25) will  travel across Tennessee to take on Memphis for a four-game set starting tonight. The Isotopes will return to Albuquerque for an eight-game homestand starting Saturday. Albuquerque pounded out 14 hits against Nashville Monday, but through six innings had only managed two runs. Catcher Tim Federowicz had a solo home run in the third inning and a two-run double in the seventh.
  • Fishing Report 05-24-13
    Northeast Charette Lakes: Fishing was fair using Power Bait, worms, Pistol Petes and salmon eggs for trout. We had no reports on perch.
 Cimarron River: Water flow below Eagle Nest on Monday was 67 cfs. Trout fishing was fair to good using Panther Martins, elk hair caddis, Cimarron specials, Cimarron worms, parachute adams, salmon eggs and worms. Fishing at the Gravel Pit Lakes was fair using Pistol Petes, worms, salmon eggs and Power Bait. 
 Clayton Lake: Fishing was good using Power Bait and homemade dough baits for limits of rainbow trout. We heard reports of some big walleye and one big bass caught but were unable to verify at this time. 
 Conchas Lake: Fishing was good using crank baits, tubes, grubs and jerk baits for white bass and walleye. Fishing was fair to good using small jigs for crappie. Fishing was good using tubes, jigs, spinner baits, chatterbaits and creature baits for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass. We had no reports on other species. The surface water temp was in the low 60s. 
 Coyote Creek: Trout fishing was fair to good using Power Bait, worms and salmon eggs in the beaver pond areas. 

  • 'Topes Notes 05-22-13
    Isotopes top Sky Sox for third straight win Blake Johnson tossed six innings of scoreless ball Tuesday night as the Albuquerque Isotopes topped the Colorado Springs Sky Sox 7-3 at Isotopes Park. The win was the third straight for the Isotopes (23-22) to help them get back on the plus-side of .500. The Isotopes had lost six of eight contests prior to this three-game win streak. Johnson allowed just five hits in six innings and struck out four batters to secure the victory on the hill for Albuquerque. Isotope middle infielders Alfredo Amezaga and Elian Herrera went a combined 7-for-9 at the plate and drove in a combined four runs, while Chili Buss had a triple in the seventh inning to score Herrera. Herrera’s big night at the plate was his team-leading 15th multi-hit game of the season. Sky Sox starting pitcher Drew Pomeranz suffered his first loss of the season, allowing four runs on eight hits in 5-2/3 innings. Albuquerque will go for a fourth consecutive victory tonight against Colorado Springs — the Isotopes have taken the first two of the four-game set with the Sky Sox. Aaron Laffey (1-1, 5.19 ERA) is scheduled to start. The Isotopes will go on the road starting Friday for the start of an eight-game road trip. Magill rejoins Isotopes pitching staff
  • Sartans pull off major upset in 4A baseball final
    The St. Pius X Sartans stunned the Piedra Vista Panthers in the championship game of the 2013 Class 4A baseball playoffs. The Sartans nipped the Panthers, the three-time defending champions and top-seeded squad this season in the title game Saturday at Lobo Field in Albuquerque, 7-6. To get to the championship round, St. Pius, the No. 7 seed in the tournament, had to knock off No. 2 Goddard in the quarterfinals — which the Sartans did by a score of 8-7 — then top sixth-seeded Albuquerque Academy, St. Pius’ bitter rival. St. Pius pummeled Academy’s Chargers 21-3 to make the championship game. Piedra Vista, of course, topped Los Alamos 17-2 in the quarterfinals Thursday, knocking the Hilltoppers out of the tournament, then came back to thump Santa Teresa 14-1 before being upset in pursuit of its fourth straight title. For the Sartans (20-9), it was their first 4A championship since 2003 and only the fourth time since 2001 that a team from Farmington won the title.  
  • Panthers make state history with eighth straight state softball title
    The Piedra Vista Panther softball team went through the Class 4A state tournament unscathed to win its record-setting eighth state title in a row. Piedra Vista (26-5) finished off its impressive run in 2013 with a 5-2 victory over another District 1 team, Aztec, to earn the title. Three of the final four teams standing in the 4A playoffs this season were from District 1, including Farmington, which lost to Aztec in an elimination round contest Friday. The Panthers, who were the No. 1 seed in the postseason, allowed just eight runs in five games to take the title. Los Alamos was the No. 12 seed for the state tournament this season but lost a heartbreaking 8-7 game to Los Lunas in the opening round, which was a direct-elimination round. All teams that advanced past the first round moved onto double-elimination play. Piedra Vista actually defeated Aztec’s Tigers twice in the tournament. Aztec, the No. 4 seed, fell to the Panthers in the third round 10-3 before coming back through the loser’s bracket to get to the championship round. The Panthers lost just one game this season to a team from New Mexico, that coming against Las Cruces, a 1-0 decision, in mid-March.
  • LULAC: Officials' orders violate constitution
    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Two cases of Spanish being banned at New Mexico high school games were examples of a disturbing pattern that needs to be monitored and addressed, perhaps with lawsuits, a civil rights group said Monday. The League of United Latin American Citizens has heard of a least five cases of high school players being ordered this school year not to speak Spanish during games and matches, according to Ralph Arellanes, the state director of LULAC. “The New Mexico state constitution clearly protects Spanish and Native (American) languages so outlawing (them) in any way, we believe, is against the law and we’re not going to stand for it,” Arellanes said. New Mexico Military Institute’s Jose Gonzales was penalized a point for speaking Spanish earlier this month after an on-court official warned him twice to speak only English during a state championship singles match. Sally Marquez, executive director of the New Mexico Activities Association, the governing board for high school sports in the state, said the official was warned not to repeat that action, even though the official was within his right since the association was following the United States Tennis Association rule book during the finals.