Monthly Archives: April 2013

VVHS Baseball Weekly 4/28


  • Banquet RSVP’s and money is due no later than May 4th!!  The price goes up $5 after that!!!
    • You can give your money to any of the following ladies:  Edna Padilla, Tammy Fite, Bev Torres, Caroline Day & Leslie Romero.


Tuesday, 4/30:

  • Varisty @ RRHS, 4pm

Wednesday, 5/1:

  • JV, RRHS @ VVHS, 4pm  (Archuleta & Brown, Concession)

Saturday, 5/4:

  • Varsity @ CHS, 10am & 12:30pm
  • JV, CHS @ VVHS, 10am (Cunningham & Dolan, Concession)

Wide-open race: All four teams have a shot at winning District 1-5A

Journal Staff Report

If there’s one thing the baseball coaches from District 1-5A are in complete agreement on, it’s the sheer unpredictability of this fourteam league.    Cleveland’s 14-5 victory over Rio Rancho on Tuesday opened the door for Volcano Vista to slide into first place by itself following a 7-3 victory over Cibola in the Hawks’ 2013 regular-season home finale.    The Hawks (12-7, 3-1 in 1-5A) scored all their runs in the first two innings — some their own doing, some with Cibola’s help.    One play in particular shed light on that duality, as Dylan Dudley’s two-run, bases-loaded single also led to a third run on a throwing error by the Cougars.    Chris Padilla and Brock Sullivan scored on Dudley’s hit, and Andre Vigil scored on the error.    “We had a couple of errors in those first two innings,” Cibola coach Ramon Gonzales said.    Cody Trujillo pitched extremely well for the Hawks, going four perfect innings before Cibola’s Drew Janis broke up the no hit bid with a single in the fifth.    The Cougars were rallying in the sixth, and had the bases loaded, trailing 7-2, with nobody out.    Volcano Vista reliever Brian Fox gave up a ground ball that scored one run, then induced a double play to escape further damage.    Volcano Vista is at Cleveland (11-10, 1-3 in 1-5A) at 10 a.m. today in a doubleheader.    Cibola (10-9, 2-2) visits Rio Rancho (15-6, 2-2) for two games, also at 10 this morning. The Rams beat the Cougars 8-5 last week.    “You know,” Gonzales said, “with our district, anybody can make a run here at the end. It’ll come down to that last day, no matter what.”


District begins; Rams respond/Showdown with Hawks is up next

Rio Rancho baseball coach Ron Murphy got the answer he was hoping for.

“I was definitely encouraged,” Murphy said after the Rams beat Cibola 8-5 on Tuesday in both teams’ District 1-5A opener.

Rio Rancho (14-4) ended a three-game losing streak that had Murphy concerned about how his team would respond against the Cougars.

His concerns were alleviated early, when the Rams scored four in the first inning on home runs from Brandon Garcia and Marcus Martinez.

“All of a sudden, district started, and that put the emergency back in their game and they finally started competing again,” Murphy said.

Today at 10 a.m., the Rams visit Volcano Vista (10-6) for the early lead in 1-5A.

“Right now, I think Volcano Vista is playing the best baseball — well, them and Sandia are playing the best baseball in the state,” Murphy said. “In order to win district, you have to go through Volcano Vista right now.”

The Hawks ripped Cleveland 17-7 in six innings on Tuesday. Dylan Dudley homered and drove in five runs to pace Volcano Vista, which won its fifth game in a row.

chris Padilla and Daniel Herrera had three hits apiece for the Hawks, who had 15 as a team.

Marcos Travers belted a three-run homer for the Storm.

Cibola (8-8) meets Cleveland (10-8) in a doubleheader at 10 a.m. today at Cibola. In the Cougars’ loss to Rio Rancho, Casey Perry, Drew Janis and Phil Trujillo all had two hits.



Of the Journal

This is one instance where the schedule tells a bald-faced lie. It would appear at first glance that the Volcano Vista baseball season began to take a turn for the healthy two weeks ago, when the Hawks came from way back to beat Eldorado and then two days later dominated Carlsbad 6-1. That statement might be true, but not nearly to the extent you might imagine. And maybe even not at all. “It kind of happened a little bit before Carlsbad,” senior second baseman/pitcher Andre Vigil said. The Hawks on March 30 fell to 5-6 after a gut-wrenching extra-inning loss to Sandia. It was actually that loss that set into motion this April surge. It was a team-only meeting — a meeting of young, frustrated, irritated minds — that has kick-started Volcano Vista into the type of baseball everyone expected from them but hadn’t seen through that first, forgettable month. And it was in that meeting that Volcano Vista decided to adopt a new slogan for 2013: “Prove It.” “You could definitely say it cleansed everything,” senior first baseman Dylan Dudley said. These types of gatherings, of course, happen all the time. Sometimes at the urging of a coach, sometimes from with in the team itself. Volcano Vista coach Kevin Andersh said he has encouraged previous teams to hash out their differences. He didn’t do that this time. And he wore a wry smile on his face when he said this, clearly pleased that his players demonstrated some initiative. “I was aware of the meeting,” Andersh said. “Sometimes, that’s what it takes.” The Hawks after that 3-2 setback decided to do a little self-policing of their own and make an effort to repair a season that was teetering on the edge. “We sat down and had a talk and decided to figure it out,” senior shortstop Brock Sullivan said. “We knew that unless we started winning, our season would go by pretty quickly.” Since that powwow, Volcano Vista is 5-0. The Hawks have a crucial doubleheader in District 1-5A today against visiting Rio Rancho at 10 a.m. It is clear that Volcano Vista is playing the most concise, crisp baseball of any team in 1-5A at the moment, and their surge is well timed since we have reached the final three weeks of the regular season. The Hawks had a renewed sense of purpose coming out of that March 30 meeting. They went out and pounded Valley, erased an 8-2 deficit against Eldorado two days later, and then Vigil stymied the Cavemen on that Saturday. That was 14 days ago. “These guys have to take it on themselves to set things straight,” Andersh said. Emotionally and psychologically, Volcano Vista is a new team. Invigorated. The Hawks are having fun. But they’ve also cleaned up the mess with better baseball. Fewer strikeouts, for example. More base runners. Unself ish at-bats from one end of the order to the other. The team’s first slogan — “We On?” — “didn’t work,” said Vigil, a University of New Mexico signee. “After we (changed it), we’ve just been projecting it.” All the Hawks understood they would face great expectations this spring. With most every starter returning, Volcano Vista was expected to contend with the likes of Sandia and Carlsbad in Class 5A. “At the beginning,” Vigil said, “we thought we were gonna be one of the top dogs.” Then, he added, it hit the Hawks hard — maybe they weren’t the team they thought they were. Those 15 minutes after the Sandia game have cured their ills. “We got all our feelings out,” said the versatile Sullivan, who has been a starter at three positions in his varsity career, having been a catcher and third baseman before Andersh moved him to shortstop this year. “We needed to figure it out. (And now), I think we’re a completely different team. We’re a stronger team. This is the team we should have been all along.” Had Volcano Vista been underachieving? Not everyone is in total agreement on this, but that’s the consensus. But as we enter the season’s final month, the Hawks are now very much in that conversation of threats to win a state championship. “We realized that we are a much better team than how we were playing,” Dudley said. “That Carlsbad win was a big momentum-changer. It showed us who we are and what we’re capable of.” The Hawks don’t need another meeting to confirm that. Not anymore.

VVHS Baseball Weekly Update 4/14


·         Saturday, April 20th will be our Senior Game and Presentation!  Lunch will be provided for parents and players!

·         The Smith’s will provide lunch for players and coaches between games for the double at Rio Rancho on April 20th. We will bring turkey and cheese and ham and cheese sandwiches, chips and Gatorade

·         Banquet is set for May 22nd!!  Look for invites being handed out on or after April 19th!

·         We raised $400 at the Pizza 9 Fundraiser!!  Thanks to everyone that came out!



·         Golf tournament has been cancelled.  Will be rescheduled for summer or fall.

·         Banquet Committee meets Thursday, 4/18 @ 7:30pm at Tammy Fite’s house.

·         Nominating Committee is now accepting nominations for Booster Club Officers for the 2013/14 Academic Year!  Please send your nominations to Tammy at  Positions include:  President, VP—Varsity, VP—JV & CTeam, Secretary & Treasurer.  If you have any questions about duties involved, just ask the current officer!



Monday, 4/15

·         Varsity Team Dinner at Jake Valdez’ house!

·         C-Team @ Rio Rancho, 4pm

Tuesday, 4/16

·         Varsity:  Cleveland @ VVHS, 4pm (Fite, Herrera Concession)

·         JV:  @ Cleveland, 4pm

Friday, 4/19

·         C-Team, Cleveland @ VVHS, 4pm (Ortega, Parra Concession)

Saturday, 4/20

·         Varsity, Rio Rancho @ VVHS, 10am (Padilla, Fox Concession)

·         Varsity, Rio Rancho @ VVHS, 12:30pm  (Schneider, Garcia Concession)

·         JV @ Rio Rancho, 10am & 12:30pm

ABQ Journal, Rio West, April 13

VOLCANO VISTA : The Hawks on Thursday belted St. Pius 9-0. Three pitchers combined on a three-hitter for Volcano Vista (9-6) which is home to Cleveland on Tuesday in a 1-5A opener.    Andre Vigil homered, tripled and drove in three runs for the Hawks who have won four straight games.    That includes a 6-1 victory over Carlsbad last Saturday, in which Vigil dominated from the mound.

4/7 Weekly Update


  • APPLE RAFFLE!   We took in $4675 …  the prizes cost $898.90 and the tickets were $94… Total profit $3,683!  Thanks to everyone that participated!!
  • PIZZA 9:  We are having a fundraising night on Tuesday, April 9, from 4-8pm!  Easy way to raise some money!  You must have the flyer (attached) for us to get credit!
  • The blog is up and running!!  Check it out:    For C-Team and JV—if someone will do a write up after each game, I’ll post it!!  Just email it to


  • Golf Tournament:  Meeting on Monday, April 8, 7pm, at Mark Dudley’s house.
  • Banquet Committee:  Banquet is scheduled for Wednesday, May 22 @ 6:30pm.  ALL teams are invited!  More details to follow!  Our next committee meeting is Thursday, April 18, 7pm, at Tammy Fite’s house.


  • Monday, 4/7:  C-Team @ LCHS, 4pm
  • Thursday, 4/11:  Varsity vs. St. Pius @ VVHS, 4pm (Garcia & Dudley, Concession)
  • Thursday, 4/11:  JV @ St. Pius, 4pm
  • Saturday, 4/13:  C-Team @ SHS, 10am