Wednesday, April 16, 2014

7th Mules Track @ District (4-5-14)



7th Mules Track @ District (4-5-14)

The seventh grade Mules took the District 2-2A Track Meet by storm and ran away with the team gold with 167.5 points. Littlefield, Abernathy, Tulia, Friona, Olton and Dimmitt trailed the Mules in that order.

Ean Hasley literally jump started the Mules by vaulting seven feet even for the gold medal and Yoel Reyes won the bronze medal by clearing 6-06.00. Israel Vasquez had a bronze medal leap in the high jump and cleared 4-08.00. Noah Russell placed sixth in the same event leaping 4-04.00.

Ryan Rodriguez heaved the shot 35-09.00 for the silver medal. Russell tossed the discus 92-04 for the bronze medal. Hasley and Ethan Gonzales placed fourth and fifth in the 2400-meter run with times of nine minutes 35.14 second and 9:41.11 respectively.

The 4x100-meter relay team of Jaime Vidana, Izaiah Hurtado, Brendon Mehl and Rodriguez won the gold medal with a time of 50.55. Raul Sierra and Luke Del Toro placed fourth and sixth in the 800-meter run with times of 2:46.79 and 2:48.38 respectively.

Russell and Hasley ran gold and silver medal times of 19.71 and 20.18 respectively in the 110-meter hurdles. Yoel Reyes ran a gold medal time of 12.20 in the 100-meter dash and Josh Torres placed fifth with a 13.56.

Vidana, Mehl, Rodriguez and Hurtado teamed up for the silver medal in the 4x200-relay with a 1:47.86. Russell was back on top of the winners stand with a 1:05.38 in the 400-meter dash. Mehl won the silver medal in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 50.64.

Reyes and Vidana topped the winners stand in the 200-meter dash with times of 25.48 and 27.32 respectively. Hasley placed fifth in the 1600-meter run with a time of 6:09.33. The 4x400-meter relay team of Rodriguez, Reyes, Russell and Hurtado won the silver medal in a time of 4:14.54.

The Mules will start off season workouts in preparation for their eighth grade season.


7th L. Mules Track @ District (4-5-14)



7th L. Mules Track @ District (4-5-14)

The seventh Lady Mules finished the District Track Meet with the team silver medal by scoring 138 points. Abernathy won the meet and Littlefield, Tulia, Dimmitt, Friona and Olton trailed in that order.

Sophie Reyna and Keely Dunham got the Lady Mules off to a fast start by winning both the gold and silver medals in the first event of the day, the shot put. Reyna heaved the shot 30 feet and three and half inches while Dunham had a throw of 28-11.00.

Citlalli Vargas had a silver medal leap of 13-03.00 in the long jump and Natali Elizalde placed sixth in the same event with a leap of 12-07.50. Vargas hop, skipped and jumped 27-07.00 in the triple jump for the bronze medal.

Lili Martinez won the gold medal in the 2400-meter run with a time of 10 minutes and 3.59 seconds. The 4x100 meter relay team of Natalie Diaz, Vargas, Reina Regalado and Keely Dunham earned the silver medal with a time of 57.50.

Elizalde won the silver medal in the 800-meter run with a 2:50.49. Hallie Gardner finished fourth in the same race with a 2:57.34 and Ab Mendoza placed sixth with a 3:01.01. Gardner also placed fourth in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 19.98.

Elizalde was fourth in the 100-meter dash with a 14.00. Clarissa Ruvulcaba, Gardner, Diaz and Mendoza finished fifth in the 4x200-meter relay with a time of 2:14.06. Vargas ran a bronze medal time in the 300-meter hurdles with a 1:00.46 and Maddison Price finished fifth with a 1:02.76.

Regalado finished the 200-meter dash in a time of 29.80 for the silver medal. Martinez and Alyssa Wheeler made up a lot of ground for the Lady Mules in the 1600-meter run by winning the gold and silver medals with times of 6:30.84 and 6:39.53 respectively.

The 4x400-meter relay team of Dunham, Elizalde, Regalado and Vargas seemed to run in the same steps as Wheeler to win the gold medal with a time of 4:37.47.

The Lady Mules will move to off season basketball to get ready for their eighth grade season.

8th L.Mules Track @ District (4-5-14)



8th L.Mules Track @ District (4-5-14)

The eighth grade Lady Mules won the team silver in the District 2-2A Track Meet in Abernathy Saturday by scoring 113.5 points. They were just 16 points behind the district champion team from Abernathy. Tulia, Dimmitt, Friona, Olton and Littlefield finished in that order behind the Lady Mules.

Conley Niblett got the Lady Mules off to a fast start by winning the gold medal in the high jump with a leap of four feet two inches. Brianna Barron tied for the silver medal at a height of 4-00.00.

Niblett earned the bronze medal in the long jump with a leap of 19-03.50 and Liliana Barrera placed sixth at 12-07.50.

Brianna Barron had a gold medal vault of 6-00.00 and Cassidy Cage cleared 5-06.00 for the silver medal. Jennifer Orozco placed sixth in the 2400-meter run with a time of 11 minutes and 17.38 seconds.

The 4x100-meter relay team of Kimberly Lopez, Melody Moran, Niblett and Barron won the bronze medal with a time of 57.52. Cage won the bronze medal and Yvonne Diaz placed fourth in the 800-meter run with times of 2:53.68 and 2:55.19 respectively.

Nancy Martinez was fourth in the 100-meter hurdles with a 20.43. Barron, Lopez, and Moran placed fourth, fifth and sixth with times of 14.20, 14.26 and 14.68 respectively. Alexis Campos, Moran, Niblett and Barron teamed up in the 4x200-meter relay for fourth place with a 2:04.63.

Ricarda Elizalde won the bronze medal in the 400-meter dash and Nancy Martinez placed sixth with times of 1:13.00 and 1:14.66 respectively. Brianna Velasquez ran sixth in the 300-meter hurdles with a 1:03.18.

Lopez finished fourth in the 200-meter hurdles with a 31.35. Cage had a silver medal time of 6:49.16 in the 1600-meter run. The 4x400-meter relay team of Martinez, Velasquez, Niblett and Diaz finished fourth with a time of 4:56.03.

“This has been an awesome group of ladies to work with for two years,” said Lady Mule coach Edie Niblett. “I will miss them terribly, but know they will go on to help other Lady Mule teams be successful.”

8th Mules Track @ District (3-27-14)

8th Mules Track @ District (3-27-14)

The eighth grade Mules swept the District 2-2A Track Meet at Abernathy with 182 points. They finished 40.5 points ahead of second place Littlefield. Friona, Olton, Tulia, Abernathy and Dimmitt trailed the Mules in that order. 

Marco Sanchez won the Mules first medal of the meet by vaulting eight foot six inches for the silver medal. Isaac Mendoza placed fourth in the high jump with a leap of 5-0.00. 

Cesar Olvera-Salas won the Mules first gold medal by heaving the shot put 44-03.00. Carlos Meza had a bronze medal throw of 40-4.50 and Arnulfo Hernandez placed fourth in the same event with a 38-06.50 throw. 

Meza climbed to the top of the winner’s stand with a gold medal throw of 116-00 in the discus. Olvera-Salas was right beside him with a silver medal toss of 112-01 and Sanchez placed fifth with a toss of 91-07. 

Michael Lozano won the 2400-meter run with a gold medal time of eight minutes and 51.06 seconds. Jacob Kettner earned the silver medal with an 8:56.07 and Giovanni Ceja placed sixth with a time of 9:29.19. 

The 4x100-meter relay team of Sanchez, Hernandez, Meza and Jose Lopez won the bronze medal with a time of 49.76. Ceja ran a gold medal time of 2:32.16 in the 800-meter run. Coleman Preston earned the bronze medal with a 2:32. 97.

Joe Waggoner ran a gold medal time of 18.85 in the 110-meter hurdles. Meza placed fourth in the 100-meter dash with a 12.81.The 4x200-meter relay team of Isaac Mendoza, Lozano, Lopez, and Hernandez won the bronze medal with a time of 1:45.25. 

Preston ran a silver medal time of 1:04.46 in the 400-meter dash. Sanchez placed fourth in the same race with a 1:06.05 and Zachery Atwood finished sixth with a 1:07.29. Waggoner was back atop of the winner’s stand after the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 47.72. 

Lopez placed fourth in the 200-meter dash with a 25.79. Lozano and Kettner won the gold and silver medals with times of 5:45.81 and 5:48.50 respectively. 

The Mules could have left before the 4x400-meter relays started but the team of Preston, Meza, Hernandez and Waggoner ran a bronze medal time of 4:09.90.

Mule Baseball vs. Abernathy & Tulia (4-8 & 12-14)



Mule Baseball vs. Abernathy & Tulia (4-8 & 12-14)

The Mules have won their last three baseball games to improve their district record to 4-3 in just eight days. They defeated Dimmitt to get the streak started and then dropped the district leading Abernathy Antelopes 5-1. The Mules traveled to Tulia and also defeated the Hornets 5-1.

Abernathy appeared to be loaded for bear on Tuesday but the Mules knocked the starting pitcher off the mound in the first two innings by scoring five runs. Abernathy’s only run came in the sixth inning but the Mules added two more runs in the bottom half of the sixth.

Nacho Elizalde pitched a complete game and gave up one run on seven hits and stranded six base runners. He struck out 12 batters, walked one and hit no batters. Elizalde only gave up more than one hit in an inning in the sixth when the Lopes scored their run.

Wes Clarkson took the hill at Tulia and pitched six complete innings. He gave up one run on four hits while striking out seven and walked only one. Elizalde relieved him in the top of the seventh inning and hit the first batter he faced. He then struck out three in a row with the last batter going down on a called strike.

The first Abernathy batter got a base hit and then went to second on a wild pitch. Elizalde stuck out the next three to strand the runner at second.

Matt Barron dropped the first pitch he saw into shallow center field for a Texas Leaguer. Nathan Rejino bunted down the third baseline to sacrifice Barron to second. Dustin Smith walked after taking the count full. Barron stole third and Smith took second on a double steal. Danny Campos doubled to left field to score both Barron and Smith to put the Mules on top to stay.  

Elizalde gave up a base hit to the first Lope of the second inning and a sacrifice bunt moved the runner to second. The next batter walked to Lopes on first and second with one out.

A pop fly did not have to be caught by the Mules as the “Infield Fly Rule” was enforced for the second out. Rejino fielded a ground ball and tossed it to Smith at first for the third out to end the Lope threat.

Elizalde singled to right field in the bottom of the second inning and Clarkson walked on four pitches. Barron’s ground ball through the hole between second and third seemed to have eyes and brought Elizalde home. 

Rejino lined a single to left field to score both Clarkson and Barron to put the Mules up 5-0.

The Lopes scored one run in the top of the sixth inning on back-to-back base hits. It was the only time during the game Abernathy threatened.

The Mules struck first in Tulia on Saturday with Barron reaching on an error by the shortstop. He stole second base on the first pitch to Rejino. Rejino sacrificed Barron to third with a bunt down the third base line. Barron scored on a second error on the shortstop that allowed Smith to reach first base.

Clarkson struck out the first batter with three straight strikes. A pop fly was caught by Mule catch, Smith. Clarkson struck out the next batter to end the inning.

Tulia tripled in the bottom of the second inning and scored on a base hit to tie the game at 1-1 at the end of two innings.

Barron again reached first on an error by the shortstop. Plate interference was called on Rejino when he attempted to bunt and failed to get out of the way of the catcher as he attempted to throw to second on a steal by Barron. Barron was sent back to first base.

An third error on the short stop permitted Beto Diaz to get to first and Barron to go to second. A double to right field by Smith put the Mules in front to stay when both Barron and Diaz scored.

Tulia tried to mount a threat in the bottom of the third inning with a deep fly ball to center field. Elizalde saw the ball come off the bat, turned his back to the plate and raced out toward the fence.

About 10 feet short of the fence he turned around, again found the ball, made an adjustment because of the wind and made a leaping catch. He went to ground but immediately held up his glove with the ball. That snuffed out the Tulia threat.

The Mules tacked two insurance runs in the top of seventh inning. Keagan Gonzales made it to first on an error by the second baseman. A second error by the second baseman put Mules at first and second.

Rejino advanced the runners with a sacrifice ground ball. Smith slashed a ground ball just out of the reach of the first baseman for a single to score both Gonzales and Barron.

The Mules will put their 4-3 district record on the line Thursday when they host the Littlefield Wildcats. The game was scheduled for Tuesday but had to be rescheduled for Thursday because of the Region I Golf Tournament. The Mules are back in action at home on Saturday when the Olton Mustangs visit.   

L.Mule Softball vs. Abernathy (4-7-14)



L.Mule Softball vs. Abernathy (4-7-14)

Miranda DeBruin paced the Lady Mules offensively against Abernathy by going four-for-four at the plate and scoring four runs. Sasha Esparza also provided offensive punch at the plate with four hits on five plate appearances that included one home run and scored two runs.

The Lady Mules defeated Abernathy 12-6 to stay undefeated in district and improved their record to 7-0. 

Adriana Lopez and Marissa Cortez were both hit by a pitch in the first inning to put Lady Mules on first and second base. DeBruin singled to right field to score Lopez. Esparza doubled to center field to bring home both Cortez and DeBruin.

Brittany Mendoza singled to left field to score Esparza for a 4-0 Lady Mule lead after one inning.

The Lady Mules added five more runs in the second inning. Reagan Reynolds reached first to lead off the second inning when the second baseman committed an error. Cortez tied the second baseman in knots for a second error to put runners at first and second.

Amber Lopez doubled to left and scored Reynolds and Cortez. An error on the first baseman put DeBruin on first and moved A. Lopez to third. Esparza knocked a home run to clear the bases and scored three more runs and extended the Lady Mule lead to 9-0.

Abernathy came back in the bottom of the inning to score four runs and cut the Lady Mule lead to 9-4 after two innings.

Neither team scored again until the top of the sixth inning. DeBruin led off the inning with a single to left field. Esparza brought her home with a double of the fence in right field. Abernathy could not score and Lady Mules led 10-4 with one inning left to play.

A. Lopez hit a two-out double to left field and advanced to third with out a throw. DeBruin singled to left to score the run. Mendoza doubled off the fence in left to score DeBruin for the Lady Mules final run.

Abernathy added two runs in the bottom half of the inning.

The Lady Mules hosted the Floydada Lady Winds Tuesday to end the regular season. The Lady Mules have clinched the District 2-2A Championship and will start their playoff run against the fourth place team from District 1-2A.