By Leroy Chavez — Sports writer
CIMARRON —The Cimarron Rams had a busy week, playing 5 games in four days during the course of the week. Cimarron started the week with a District 5A-AA win over Peñasco and finished with a District 5A-AA loss to Questa.
“It was a week full of baseball in which we dealt with bad weather in Questa and at home against Logan among other things,” said Rams Coach Mike Miller. “We played great ball against Penasco and Raton, but struggled against Logan and Questa. Basically we won the games we should have won, but were not competitive in the game we needed to be in.”
Defense, according to Miller, has been a weak point as the pitching has been more than adequate.
“Shane (Sides) and Carl (Gonzales) have looked good, but we’re not backing them up with a solid defense,” noted Miller. “As for offense, Shane (Sides) and Cyrus (Perry) have been hitting the ball well for us.”
<strong>Questa 12, Cimarron 2</strong>
In the night cap of a two game series on Saturday (April 18) in Questa, the Wildcats scored two runs in the first inning, while the Rams scored a single run in the second to trail 2-1. A five point third inning gave the Wildcats a lead they would never relinquish. Cimarron added a run in the 4th inning, but Questa prevailed 12-2 after five innings.
Joe Serna started on the mound for Cimarron and picked up the loss, Cyrus Perry also saw action behind the plate.
Offensively, Cyrus Perry connected on hit, while Carl Gonzales was issued 2 walks and Shane Sides walked once.
<strong>Questa 8, Cimarron 0</strong>
In the opening round of the series, the Rams were shut out by the Wildcats in 7 complete innings.
Carl Gonzales started on the mound and pitched 4 innings giving up 4 runs, while striking out 4 batters, Shane Sides pitched 2 innings, gave up 4 runs and struck out 4 batters.
Joseph Serna connected for a hit to lead the Rams on offense.
<strong>Cimarron 9, Raton J.V. 8</strong>
On Friday (April 17) in Raton, the Rams jumped out to a 3-0 lead after one stanza, only to see Raton rebound with 3 runs in the bottom of the second to knot the score at 3-3. Cimarron added one point in the 3rd inning only to be equaled by Raton in the fourth. The Rams regained the lead at 5-4 in the fifth. The Tigers roared back with 3 runs in the sixth to take a 7-5 lead heading into the last inning. Cimarron scored 4 runs in the top of the seventh to take a 9-7 lead, then allowed one run in the bottom of the seventh to seal the deal at 9-8.
Clay Chancellor started on the mound for the Rams, pitched 2.2 innings and struck out 2 batters, Polly Atencio also saw action on the mound as well as Carl Gonzales. Gonzales fanned 3 batters.
Offensively, Joe Serna connected on 3 hits for 2 RBIs, Shane Sides connected on 3 hits, while Cyrus Perry added 2 hits.
<strong>Logan 16, Cimarron 1</strong>
On Thursday (April 16), the Logan Longhorns showed why they are a top-ranked team as they exploded for 16 runs, while holding the Rams to one point under cold, rainy and windy conditions on the CHS field.
Shane Sides started on the mound and picked up the loss, Carl Gonzales followed on the mound, he struck out 4 batters.
Offensively, Cyrus Perry connected on 2 hits, Shane Sides walked once.
<strong>Cimarron 15, Peñasco 2</strong>
On Tuesday (April 14), the Cimarron baseball squad traveled to Penasco and handed the Panthers a 15-2 loss to pick up their third District 5A-AA win of the season.
Polly Atencio started on the mound for Cimarron and pitched 4 innings, giving up 2 runs on 5 hits, while striking out 5 batters. Atencio picked up the win. Chris Carrillo came in in the fifth and pitched one inning and struck out 2 batters.
Offensively for the Rams, Shane Sides went 4-for-4 with a double and triple for 2 RBIs; Cyrus Perry went 2-for-3 for a stolen base and double for 3 RBIs; Chris Carillo was 3-for-4 with one double, 3 stolen bases and 2 RBIs; Jesse Dorman had a base-on-balls; Joe Serna went 1-for-2 with a base-on-balls and one RBI; Polly Atencio went 2-for-3 with a base-on-balls, one stolen base and 2 RBIs; and Clay Chancellor went 1-for-2 with a base-on-balls and one RBI.
The Rams played Mora on Tuesday (April 21) and will host Peñasco in a double header on Thursday (April 23). The first game is slated for 3 p. m. and the nightcap to follow at 5 p. m. The Rams will also host the Pecos J.V. in a double header on Saturday.