Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Mustangs Put Up a Fight.(West Side Journal)

Byline: James Yodice Journal Staff Writer

Softball Team Falls in Playoffs

ALAMOGORDO A long, eventful day on a bus for the West Mesa High School softball team was followed by a short, quiet evening with the Alamogordo Tigers.

With the Mustangs' 4-0 loss Friday night, so ends their up-and-down 2003 season.

Behind the pitching of standout junior Michelle Sayen, No. 1-rated Alamogordo captured the Class 5A Region C title on an ugly, dusty afternoon. The Tigers (23-2) are moving on to the Final Four on Friday in Las Cruces.

"We knew we were going to need a perfect game to beat them," said West Mesa coach Leonard Garcia.

The Mustangs (19-6) also knew, by virtue of being the District 1-5A runner-up, that they had the worst possible draw of any playoff team, with a first-round matchup here. …

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