Moriarty High School’s baseball and softball teams both rallied in the late innings to get past the visiting Española Valley Sundevils April 25.
The Pintos won 5-4. The Lady Pintos won 6-5.
After trailing 2-1 for five innings, the Pintos used a 4-run sixth inning to forge ahead 5-2 and then outlasted the Sundevils’ 2-run seventh.
“It’s huge, we got focused in just enough time to pull this one out,” Moriarty head coach Denny Young said.
With one out in the home half of the sixth, Justin Carmona’s RBI triple to right field drove in Ben Mora to tie the game at 2-2.
Then, when Bryan Wright followed with an infield grounder, Carmona raced home. The Sundevils infielder threw home to try and nail Carmona at the plate but the throw flew past their catcher—nearly taking out the umpire—and Carmona scored the go-ahead run.
“I saw the ball go in between the kid [and the umpire], and I slid into it and I was safe,” Carmona said.
Troy Batie’s RBI single drove in Wright, and Aidan Howe drew a bases-loaded walk to score Batie.
After the Sundevils added 2 runs in the top half of the seventh, Batie relieved Wright on the mound and the Pintos held on for the win.
“Hey, a win’s a win, whether it’s 1, 10, or 20, we’ll take it,” Young said.
In similar fashion to the boys’ game, the Lady Pintos trailed for part of their matchup with the Lady Sundevils before tying the score 3-3 in the fifth inning.
After falling behind by another run, Moriarty knotted the score at 4 apiece in the seventh to send the game into extra innings.
The Lady Sundevils took a 5-4 lead in the top of the eighth but Alina Gonzales scored for the Lady Pintos to tie it at 5-5.
Gabby Aceves, who pitched the complete game and struck out 10, held the Sundevils scoreless in the top of the ninth.
In the home half of the frame, Espanola intentionaly walked the bases loaded.
“I think they wanted to double-play us to try to get the outs,” Moriarty head coach Tonya Walden said.
The strategy failed when Aneleya Guillen hit a walk-off sacrifice fly to right field scoring Jadyn Bryan for the game-winning run.
“It’s a big win,” Walden said.
Both Moriarty squads played at Taos April 27.
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.