Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Rio Rancho Has a Harder Time Beating Cibola.(Sports)

Byline: From Journal Reports

PREP SOFTBALL

The Rio Rancho softball team had to work much harder to earn its second straight win over Cibola on Tuesday afternoon.

The Rams, who hammered the Cougars 13-2 in the Rio Rancho Invitational three days earlier, led just 2-1 until the sixth inning of Tuesday's District 1-5A opener. But a pair of unearned runs and some strong late-inning pitching by Genevieve Kelly helped Rio Rancho escape with a 4-1 road victory.

The Rams (10-2, 1-0) prevailed despite managing little offense against Cibola starter Ashley Abeyta, who allowed just four hits and struck out 10. Kelly, meanwhile, permitted five hits and struck out nine. …

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