Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Spartans Take Precedent Over President.(Final)

Byline: Mark Smith Journal Staff Writer



LAS CRUCES -- Maybe President Bush's speech was the second-biggest event in Bernalillo this past week.

He might have been pushed to the back seat by the Bernalillo softball team, which captured its first state title with a 4-2 victory over Lovington in the Class 3A finals Saturday.

It was the school's first state crown in any sport since 1987.

"I think this is bigger than the president's speech," Spartans junior shortstop Sandra Chavez said with a smile. "At least it is for us. We've worked a long time for this."

Bernalillo (24-4) scored a pair of runs in the first inning and never looked back, avenging its 4-0 championship-game loss of a year ago to the Wildcats (18-11). …

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