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Baseball Team Number One in Conference

Baseball Team Number One in Conference photo 4/14/2014 5:01:49 p.m. - Hobbs, NM. (Story courtesy of Hobbs News-Sun - Sunday April 13, 2014)

After needing a pair of walk-off wins Friday in Hobbs to increase its winning streak over New Mexico Military Institute to 20 games, New Mexico Junior College baseball coach Josh Simpson said he didn’t feel like his team played to its capability and added, “I’m going to get that fixed for sure.”

The Thunderbirds apparently listened as they blasted the Broncos 17-0 and 20-3 in a pair of five-inning, run-rule shortened victories Saturday in Roswell to complete the four-game sweep over the Broncos, move its winnings streak over NMMI (15-29, 9-15) to 22 and claim first place by themselves in the Western Junior College   Athletic Conference.

The wins move the T-Birds (26-17) to 20-4 in conference, two games ahead of second-place Frank Phillips (18-6) and five games ahead of third-place Howard (15-9). The rest of the teams in the conference are below.500 in WJCAC play.  

The first game of Saturday’s doubleheader was scoreless before NMJC scored 10 runs in the third inning and seven more in the fourth to cruise to the 17-0 win.

Fernando Fernandez picked up the win, going three innings and giving up no runs on three hits with four strikeouts while Xavier Tremblay (two strikeouts) and Brett Worthen (one strikeout) each pitched a scoreless inning of relief.

At the plate in game one, Kholeton Sanchez (who hit a walk-off grand slam in extra innings in the first game of the series Friday) went 2-for-3 with five RBI and a triple, Dalton Bowers went 2-for-3     with a double, triple and four RBI, A.J. Perez was 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI while Branden Grieger was 2-for-2 with an RBI.

In the second game NMJC scored in all five innings, including five apiece in the second and third and six in the fourth, to breeze to a 20-3 win.

Colby Price got the win, going three innings and giving up one run on two hits with three strikeouts and a walk. Trenton Rousseau went an inning of relief and gave up no runs with one hit and two strikeouts while Isaac Lopez pitched the fifth and gave up two runs on two hits with a walk.  

At the plate for NMJC, Grieger completed a perfect day at the plate by going 5-for-5 with a double and three RBI, Preston Marsh was 3-for-4 with two doubles and five RBI, Austin Botello was 3-for-5 with two doubles and four RBI, Alexis Torres was 3-for-4 with a double and three RBI while Perez went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI.

NMJC hits the road to start a four-game series against El Paso Community College noon Friday.

Photo (courtesy of Hobbs News-Sun):  NMJC’s Branden Grieger, seen Friday, went 7-for-7 Saturday during a doubleheader sweep of NMMI in Roswell

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