The Eldorado High School baseball team was trailing Cibola High School by one run when it came to bat in the bottom of the fifth inning. But the Eagles rallied for seven runs to go ahead of the Cougars and eventually win the game. Many of the runs scored with two outs as Cougar pitchers walked batters with the bases loaded more than once.
Eldorado came to bat in the pivotal bottom of the fifth inning trailing Cibola 3-2. Sam Segotta batted first and he was caught looking at a called third strike. But Cullen O’Dwyer drew a walk against Cibola relief pitcher Marcus Tenorio. Victor Guevara flew out to left field. O’Dwyer tagged up at second base and moved to third base on the fly ball out. Thomaslee Mares drove a pitch deep over the leftfielder’s head to drive in O’Dwyer and tie the score 3-3. Michael Anderson walked and he was sacrificed to second base with Mares moving to third base.
Brandon Treadwell batted with runners on second base and third base. Treadwell walked to load the bases. Tenorio walked left handed-batter Guevara to force in another run for the Eagles making the score 4-3. Tenorio also walked the next batter to force in another run and make the score 5-3 as he continued to have trouble finding the strike zone. The Cougars brought in relief pitcher Chuck Habermehl to replace Tenorio. Habermehl inherited a two ball no strike count. He threw two balls out of the strike zone to walk the batter and force in another Eagle run for a 6-3 lead.
Habermehl got the next Eagle batter to hit an infield grounder. But his shortstop couldn’t field the ball cleanly and another Eldorado runner scored to make it 7-3. O’Dwyer, who singled earlier in the game, lined a single into right field to drive in two more runs for a 9-3 Eldorado lead. The Left-handed hitting O’Dwyer came into the game with 17 hits, 10 RBIs and six stolen bases. Habermehl finally retired the Eagles on a line drive to his shortstop for the third out.
J.J. Brown batted for Cibola in the top of the sixth inning with one out. He reached out and tapped a ground ball to the Eagle second baseman who threw him out at first base. The Cougars could not score in the top of the sixth inning. Eldorado tried to add to its lead in the bottom of the sixth inning. Isaac Romero singled with a runner already on first base. Craig Buzzard came in to pinch run. Kyle Wiseley hit a bouncer that looked like it would go through the middle but the Cibola shortstop gloved the ball and flipped it to his second baseman who caught the ball and stepped on second base before the sliding runner could reach the base.
Cibola came up with its last chance to tie the game in the top of the seventh inning. Drew Janis came to bat against Eldorado’s Isaac Romero. Janis hit a ground ball to shortstop Thomaslee Mares who threw him out at first base. The next two Cibola batters,Tenorio and Kyle Olsen both hit groundballs to Mares and both were thrown out at first base.
Cibola scored the first two runs of the game in the top of the third inning. The Eagle catcher dropped a pop up along the first base line in fair territory putting a runner on first base. Adrian Ramirez walked to put runners on first and second. The next Cougar batted tried to bunt on a 3-1 count but the bunt went foul. Then he hit a high fly ball in between the Eagle leftfielder and centerfielder. The centerfielder called for the ball but then he dropped it when it hit his glove. The bases were loaded and the next batter hit a ground ball to the Eagle third baseman who threw to the catcher. It was a beautiful 5-2-3 double play. But the remaining runners moved to second base and third base on the play. J.J. Brown came to bat and drove them both home for a 2-0 Cibola lead. Eldorado now has a record of eight wins and four losses. Cibola is tied in wins and losses with six each. The Cougars move on to play the Matadors of Sandia High School in their next game.