With stout hitting, including a pair of home runs by Drayton Oberg and one by Cruz Moreno,  Estancia High School’s baseball team swept the visiting Capitan Tigers in a doubleheader April 30.

Estancia (17-3, 6-0) won the first game 14-2 in five innings. The Bears used a sixth-inning rally to take the second game 8-6.

In the first game, after giving up a run to the Tigers in the top of the first inning, Oberg—who pitched the complete game for the Bears—led off the bottom half of the inning with a solo home run that ignited an 8-run outburst.

“I think it started us off,” Oberg said. “Once someone hits something, whether it’s a base hit or a hard hit, it gets us going.”

Four batters later, Jake Zamora’s two-RBI double drove in Moreno and Josh Thomas to set the stage for the mercy-rule shortened contest.

Oberg dug in on the mound and ended up striking out seven Tigers’ batters.

“Coach just told me to throw strikes, throw a lot of curveballs because they were hitting the fastballs,” Oberg said.

The Bears added another run in the third inning and busted the game open with five runs in the fourth.

In the nightcap, Moreno started on the mound and gave up a pair of first-inning runs to the Tigers to put the Bears in a 2-0 hole.

He helped his cause in the home half of the frame with a solo home run to trim the deficit to 2-1.

The Tigers were leading 3-1 in the third inning when Thomas hit a fly ball that was dropped by the Capitan center fielder. He advanced to second base on a wild pick-off attempt and subsequently stole third.

Thomas scored when Moreno beat out an infield hit to cut Capitan’s lead to 3-2.

After Capitan added a run in the fourth inning and another in the fifth, Zamora relieved Moreno on the mound.

“Cruz’ arm got a little sore and we needed Jake to come in and get the job done,” Estancia head coach Hamilton Doyle said.

Oberg and Thomas both scored in the fifth to cut Capitan’s lead to 5-4.

With two runners on in the bottom of the sixth inning, Garrett Noblitt hit a pop fly to shallow center field where Capitan’s second baseman dropped it, allowing Andrew Lujan to score the tying run.

Oberg came up and crushed a 3-run blast over the center field fence—his second homer of the day—to cap a 4-run rally.

“I was just going up [to bat] confident, doing my thing and hitting the ball,” Oberg said.

After the Tigers scored a run in the top of the seventh, Oberg made a diving catch in shallow left field near the foul line to end the game.

“It took a fight in that second game to pull it out,” Doyle said. “And I’m glad because the guys did fight—they didn’t want to go down, so I’m happy with them not giving up.”

With the win, the Bears remained undefeated in District 3-2A and host district rival Mesilla Valley Christian (8-7, 5-1) May 4.

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