Estancia High’s baseball team cruised to its first district victory last Saturday with a 25-1 rout over the visiting Santa Fe Prep Griffins.
It was the most runs Estancia (10-2, 1-0 District 2-3A) scored in a game since April, 2014. “Everybody hit and I got everybody in [the game]—that’s hard to do when you only bat four times,” Estancia’s first-year head coach Mark Siedschlag said, referring to the game’s shortened length.
The game ended after the top of the fifth inning on the mercy rule.
The Bears scored 8 runs in the first inning, 6 in the second, 8 more in the third, and 3 in the fourth.
“What impressed me is, sometimes when you play a team that you’re hitting that well against you lose focus and you tend to get sloppy,” Siedschlag said. “I was pleased that that didn’t happen. They stayed on their game today.”
Estancia senior Adam Lujan pitched four innings, giving up a single run in the first inning while striking out six batters. He scattered five hits and walked a pair.
“I was just throwing it down the middle and letting them hit it, let my defense do the work,” said Lujan, who also scored a pair of runs.
“I wanted somebody who was going to keep pounding the strike zone and Adam does that consistently,” Siedschlag added.
Cruz Moreno, Stetson Lujan and Devin Cantu all contributed RBI triples. Moreno and Lujan hit consecutive three-baggers in the second inning; Cantu hit one in the third inning and another in the fourth. “He’s been really hot lately,” Siedschlag said of Cantu.
The Griffins, who are winless on the season, committed 10 errors and were missing a handful of players due to a mix-up on the game’s start time.
Siedschlag said the game was scheduled at 4 p.m. to allow players from both teams to take the ACT college-admissions test, but there was a misunderstanding by Santa Fe Prep.
“Four or five of their starters didn’t come, so that didn’t help them,” he said.
But the coach admitted he never wants to intentionally run up the score, and Estancia’s subs got their fair share of action in the game.
“Everybody played, and for the most part, they all did everything they’re supposed to do,” Siedschlag said.
The one exception came in the top of the fifth inning.
With one out and a Griffins’ runner on first base, Prep’s Gordon Goodwin hit a pop-up above Bears second baseman Gabriel “Emit” Chavez. Chavez couldn’t haul it in and the ball ricocheted off his glove.
“I just lost it,” Chavez admitted.
In his haste, Chavez then picked up the ball and wildly threw it back into the infield. But his teammates were there to recover and get the force out on the Griffins’ runner at second base.
“Two errors and we still got the out, that’s living right I guess,” Siedschlag said.
Ger has been writing and shooting photos of high school sports for The Independent for 15 years. His dedication to youth athletics goes beyond sports reporting. He is past president of East Mountain Little League and works as a baseball umpire. He lives in Edgewood with his family.