Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Castro Dictates Loving's Crown.(Final)

Byline: Ken Sickenger Journal Staff Writer


Gutierrez Stars Again on Hill


FARMINGTON -- Brian Castro's bat and Gavino Gutierrez's arm sent the Class 1A-2A baseball title back to Loving on Saturday.

Castro delivered a tying inside-the-park home run and later drove in the game-winning run with a grounder as the Falcons rallied past Lordsburg 7-6 in the state tournament finals at Ricketts Park.

While Castro provided the offensive spark, Gutierrez continued his mound mastery, working four innings of scoreless relief for the victory. It was the third win in as many days for Gutierrez (8-3), who started Thursday's quarterfinal against Sandia Prep and relieved in the semis against Dora. …

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