Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Rio Rancho Rolls; West Mesa Picks Up Slim District 1-5A Win.(Sports)

Byline: From Journal Reports

Rio Rancho took over sole possession of first place in District 1-5A on Friday with a 14-1, five-inning rout of host Valley in high school baseball.

The lackadaisical Vikings dropped into a four-way tie for second place.

Sal Puentes hit a two-run homer for Rio Rancho (12-2 overall, 2-0 in district) in the fourth inning for a 7-1 lead. Then, the Rams broke the game open with a seven-run fifth, an inning in which Rio Rancho sent 11 batters to the plate.

Senior Ben Frye (6-1) fired a three-hitter for the Rams, striking out 10 while walking two. All three hits and the Vikings' only run came in their first at-bats. But Rio Rancho already had a 4-0 lead, and Frye plowed his way through the Valley lineup. …

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