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.”



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