High school baseball wraps up the regular season this week, with high schools in Rio Rancho and Cleveland playing three games in five days.
Both teams had key District 1-5A games scheduled for Friday on the West Side, but terrible winds caused a postponement.
Those games will be caught Monday at 4 p.m., with the first Storm (13-9, 4-1) at Volcano Vista (14-7, 4-2) and the second Rams (20-3, 4-1) at Cibola.
The district title will be decided this week, for sure, with Cleveland on Tuesday at Rio Rancho at 6 p.m.
Interestingly, the City teams have met 34 times – and each has won 17 games.
In addition to the Monday-Tuesday games mentioned above, the Rams are at Volcano Vista Friday at 4 and the Storm are at home at 6 to take on last-place finisher Atrisco Heritage Academy (3-19, 0-6).
Here’s what’s been going on in the Diamond Zone lately:
Cibola 2, Storm 1: On Tuesday, the visiting Cougars pulled off a blowout at the Shockyards.
Coach Shane Shallenberger was disappointed that his side could only score once.
“Austin Barela pitched a full 7 innings, giving up two unearned runs and allowing just three hits,” he said. “Two errors in the fifth inning led to the two runs. We didn’t have the extra base hit when needed (and we did) leave too many base runners.
Rams 10, Atrisco Heritage Academy 0: on April 15 in the South Valley, Vascon Smith hit two home runs and Jason Parker (6-0) pitched five scoreless innings and Elijah Castañeda kept the no-hitter intact, working the sixth, in a game finished via the 10 point mercy rule.
Smith had four RBIs in the game, and assistant coach Mike Forsythe said the balls he hit over the center field fence “would have been home runs in Yellowstone (National Park).”