Leroy Chavez — Sports writer
RATON — The tough early season schedule is paying dividends for the Raton baseball team. The Tigers started the week by beating Las Vegas Robertson again on Tuesday (April 7), then swept Santa Rosa in the District 5AAA opener in Raton on Saturday (April 11).
“It was a good day at the office, we’re happy with a lot of things, but we still have room for improvement,” said TigerS Coach Mike Marez. “We’re tightening our rotation and solidifying our line-ups, kids are learning their roles.”
<strong>Raton 11, Santa Rosa 0</strong>
In the District 5AAA opener for both squads, the Tiger’s defense backed the solid no-hit pitching of freshman Cole Medina and the offense came alive to score 12 runs off 6 hits, as Raton overwhelmed the Lions 11-0.
Medina started on the mound for the Tigers and went the distance, striking out 3 batters.
“Cole registered a no-hitter and was just solid on the mound,” said Marez. “Our defense played well behind him.”
Offensively for Raton, Ethan Washburn scored two runs and walked twice; Johnathan Cabriales went 3-for-4 with 2 RBIs, scored 2 runs, had 2 singles, one triple and stole one base: Dante Mileta scored 3 runs, walked twice and stole one base; Martin Ortiz went 1-for -4, walked once, singled and scored one run; Brandon Luksich scored once, had an RBI and walked once; Dillon Lemons went 1-for-2, scored twice, singled, walked once and stole 3 bases; Cole Medina went 1-for-1, one RBI , one single and 2 base-on-balls; Dakota Martinez had one RBI and walked twice; Connell Ware had one RBI and was hit by a pitch; and Damian Martinez scored once, walked once and stole one base.
<strong>Raton 12, Santa Rosa 0</strong>
In the nightcap, the Tigers got superb pitching by Dylan Query and Ethan Washburn and plenty of offensive power to shutout Santa Rosa 12-0.
Dylan Query picked up the win on the mound for the Tigers by pitching 4 innings and giving up 3 hits, while striking out 2 batters. Ethan Washburn was the closer, pitching one inning, he walked 2 batters and issued two strikeouts. (Offensive stats unavailable).
<strong>Raton 8, Las Vegas Robertson 4</strong>
On Tuesday, the Tigers scored 4 runs in the top of the seventh inning to break a 4-4 tie and in the process beat former District 2AAA rival Robertson 8-4 in non-league play. For the Tigers it was two in a row over the Cardinals.
Cole Medina picked up the win on the mound for the Tigers pitching 6 innings, giving up 4 runs on 5 hits while issuing 4 base-on-balls and striking out 2 batters. Ethan Washburn closed the game by pitching the final inning and allowed a single hit while striking out 2 batters.
Offensively, Johnathan Cabriales was 2-for-3 scored 2 runs with a single, double and one base-on-balls; Washburn scored one run, stole one base and was issued a base-on-balls; Dante Mileta scored one run and was walked once; Brandon Luksich went 2-for-2 with 2 singles, walked twice and scored 3 runs; Danny Record went 2-for-2 with one single, walked once, scored one run and had a sacrifice bunt; Medina was 1-for-4 with a single; Dakota Martinez went 2-for-3 with 2 singles, one walk, was hit by a pitch and recorded one RBI; Damian Martinez and Brent Trujillo were each walked once.
<strong>Robertson 8, Raton 2</strong>
In the nightcap, the Cardinals took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning and never looked back downing the Tigers 8-2 in non-league play.
Johnathan Cabriales picked up the loss pitching 3 innings and giving up 2 runs on 6 hits and striking out one batter, Dylan Query came in and tossed 2 innings giving up 2 runs on 3 hits, while striking out one batter. Dillon Lemons finished the final two innings and gave up 4 runs on 5 hits, while fanning one batter and issuing one base-on-balls.
Offensively for the Tigers, Dillon Lemons and Richie Gonzales each scored one run; Damian Martinez had one RBI; Dakota Martinez hit for a double and had a sacrifice bunt; Ethan Washburn stole two bases, collected a hit and was walked twice; Dillon Lemons recorded two hits and stole one base; and Johnathan Cabriales had a sacrifice bunt.
“Santa Rosa and Pecos are highly regarded in this division (Class AAA), so we’ll have a better feel for things and where we stand after this week,” noted Marez. “Right now due to our tough pre-district schedule, our record is not very impressive. We’re flying under the radar.”
The Tigers played Pecos on Monday and will host the Tucumcari Rattlers in a District 5AAA contest on Saturday (April 18) at Gabriele Field starting at 1 p.m.