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Hobbs Baseball Bash finally gets underway Monday

By Tracy Renck

Colorado CoachesAid.com coordinator

Last season, wins didn’t come too often for Centennial High School’s baseball team.


Batter up!

If the Bulldogs can bottle up their performance Monday morning, that may change.

Hurler Tyler Nunez threw 6 1/3 innings and added three RBIs, powering Centennial to a solid 10-4 victory over La Junta in the 18th annual Hobbs Bash at Hobbs Field. It was the first action in the tournament after snow ruined opening day last weekend.

“This was a huge win for us,” said Nunez, a senior right-hander, who gave up six hits and he also scored three runs. “We didn’t do as well as we wanted last season and it was great to come out here and score 10 runs. We wanted to make a statement.”

The Bulldogs ran their record to 2-1. They play again in the Bash at 10:45 a.m. today against Rock  Canyon. That’s one of five games on tap at the Bash today.

“Tyler Nunez gave us a quality start on the bump and we got some big hits,” said Centennial coach Mike Patterson, whose team had a 5-14 record a year ago. “If you can get good pitching, timely hitting and good defense you’re going to win games and that’s what we did today.”

In other games Monday, Central outlasted La Junta 7-6, Lamar edged Pueblo County 6-4 in eight innings and South dropped a 3-2, eight-inning decision to Rock Canyon.

Snow and cold weather played havoc with the Hobbs Bash schedule last Friday and Saturday, but all of the missed games have been rescheduled, but one, the D'Evelyn-Central game, which was originally on tap for last Saturday.

Centennial, Central, East, Pueblo County and South are all taking part in the Bash. The Bash also includes teams from Sand Creek, La Junta, Lamar, Mesa Ridge, D'Evelyn, Raton (N.M.) and Rock Canyon.

D’Evelyn, which missed games against South and Pueblo County last Friday and Saturday at the Bash, will now play the Colts and Hornets at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday at Runyon. East and Lamar will play at 4 p.m. March 30 at Runyon. The Eagles and Savages were scheduled to play last Saturday.

As for Centennial, it took a quick 1-0 lead over La Junta when clean-up hitter Derrick McDonald lifted a sacrifice fly to score Nunez from third base.

In the second frame, La Junta hurler Braxton Oquist ran into more trouble. Oquist’s father, Mike Oquist, was a La Junta graduate who pitched in the majors from 1993-99 with the Baltimore Orioles, San Diego Padres and Oakland A's.

The younger Oquist hit Kevin Aragon with one out. Aragon then stole second base and Dan Newton drew a walk. Aragon and Newton moved up on Oquist’s wild pitch. Jordan Ibarra’s flyball to right field was dropped by Josh Stoker, allowing Aragon to come home. Nunez then slapped a two-run single to left and Jeff Cordova had an RBI-double giving Centennial a 5-0 lead.

La Junta’s Sean Maik cut the deficit to 5-1 with an RBI-double to left field in the fourth.

The Tigers, however, could not contain the Dogs’ offense.

Nunez and Cordova were in business again in the fourth. Nunez had a run-scoring single and Cordova another RBI double as the Bulldogs took a comfortable 8-1 advantage.

“Tyler (Nunez) pitched a great game and we really hit the ball well,” the junior Cordova said. “We just need to keep this momentum going.”

La Junta rallied for three runs in the seventh, but it was too late.

“This was a big win for us, but we can’t be satisfied,” Patterson said. “We need to keep getting better every game.”

Centennial 10, La Junta 4

La Junta 000 100 3 — 4 6 2

Centennial 140 311 0 — 10 7 1 

Oquist, Schreivogal (6) and Mosher; Nunez, Hobbs (7) and Patterson.

Rock Canyon 3, South 2 (8)

R.Canyon 000 020 01 — 3 4 0

P.South 002 000 00 — 2 4 2 

Lown, Smith (4) and Brown; Davis, Krietemeyer (6) and Brown.

Lamar 6, Pueblo County 4 (8)

Lamar 003 100 02 — 6 8 2

P.County 000 200 20 — 4 5 3 

Fasiotto, Biggers (8) and Malone; Clifton, Hasenack (5) and Wallingford.

Central 7, La Junta 6

La Junta 000 033 0 — 6 8 2

Central 012 400 X — 7 8 2 

Harrington and Mosher; Baca, Montoya (6) and Mutz, Sammon (5).

South 11,  Lamar 3

Lamar 002 010 0 — 3 6 2

South 532 001 X — 11 15 1 

Fierro, Senna (6) and Malone; Martinez-McGraw, Charleston (7) and Mondragon. HR—, Soouth (Smith (2nd, 1 on).


Monday’s scores

Centennial 10, La Junta 4

Rock Canyon 3, Pueblo South 2 (8)

Lamar 6, Pueblo County 4 (8)

Central 7, La Junta 6

Pueblo South 11, Lamar 3

Today’s games

Hobbs Field: Mesa Ridge vs. Central, 10:30 a.m.; La Junta vs. Sand Creek, 1 p.m.; Raton vs. Sand Creek, 3 p.m.; Andenucio Field: Rock Canyon vs. Centennial, 10:45 a.m.; Rock Canyon vs. Pueblo County, 1:15 p.m.

Wednesday's games

Hobbs Field: Raton vs. East, 10:30 a.m.; Raton vs. Centennial, 1 p.m.; Andenucio Field: Sand Creek vs. Mesa Ridge, 10:45 a.m.; East vs. Mesa Ridge, 1:15 p.m.

article updated on 03/23/10 11:50

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