By Leroy Chavez — Sports writer
CIMARRON — Cimarron’s baseball squad will not only feature Moreno Valley athletes, but also Maxwell athletes as the school districts decided to form a co-op squad for the 2015 season.
“Our goal is to build a symbiotic relationship with Maxwell and work towards the same goal,” said Ram coach Mike Miller. “We’ll work hard at creating an atmosphere where all players are welcomed and we’ll compete as one team that represents Ram Baseball.”
The Rams will compete in District 5A-AA that consists of McCurdy, out of Española, Mesa Vista, Mora, Peñasco and Questa.
“I expect Questa and McCurdy to be the class of the district, with Mora, Mesa Vista and Penasco being tough,” Miller said. “We’ll have some kids that have played some high school ball and a lot of kids that have not played since little league and other youth baseball.”
Chris Carrillo and Joseph Sena have played varsity baseball before at CHS and Shane Sides of Moreno Valley played 5AAAAA ball in Oklahoma.”
The Rams will have at least 18 players on the roster and that number may balloon up to 21 kids. The squad currently (without Maxwell) consist of two seniors Chris Carillo and Shane Sides (Moreno Valley); five juniors that include Andrew Grine, Cheyenne Sandahl, Joe Serna, Kaneysa Zhuckkahosee (Moreno Valley), and Taner Tibljas (Moreno Valley); freshmen team members are Clayton Shreiner, Filberto Cordova, Joshua Williams and Reina Arguello; and 8th graders Austin Vargas, Clayton Chancellor, Jesse Dorman and Trston Bomer (Eagle Nest-Mid School).
“With the expected infusion of Maxwell players all the positions are still open and no spots are guaranteed,” noted Miller. “We’ll have healthy competitions at all positions which should help make us competitive. Right now we have to figure out where everyone is at and start working at player development and building for the future.”
The Rams will play a 20-game schedule with most games coming against district rivals, the Clayton Tourney and two non-district games with Logan.
“We have a tough schedule, we hope to be competitive as the season progresses,” said Miller. “I really think we can finish in the middle of the district and build for the future.”
The Rams will travel to Clayton to compete in the Clayton Yellowjacket round-robin tournament. Teams in the tourney include Clayton, Mora, Taos JV, Clayton JV and Cimarron. The Rams open the tourney with Mora at 10 a.m. on Friday (March 27). If they win they will play at 2 p.m., while a loss puts them in a 4 p.m. contest, both on Friday.