The Rio Rancho and Cleveland high school softball teams had road games slated for Friday afternoon, but they were wisely postponed to Monday afternoon.
The Rams kept their hopes for the District 1-5A title alive Wednesday afternoon, using a five-run third and a four-run fourth inning to down visiting Volcano Vista, 9-6.
The Rams (15-7, 5-0 in 1-5A) were coming off a 13-0 loss at La Cueva on Tuesday.
Rio Rancho seemed poised to take an early lead, loading the bases with one down in the first inning, but Kionna King hit into an inning-ending double play.
The Rams managed only four singles the rest of the way, and none of them got as far as second base. “They’re allowed to have a bad game,” coach Paul Kohman said, after his team ended its five-game winning streak.
King erased memories of the loss to the Bears a day earlier by going 3 for 3 with a home run and four RBIs against the Hawks (15-6, 3-3). Teammates Ashley Burriel and Mia Martinez added two hits apiece for the Rams.
The game had originally been set for April 12 and was in the second inning when it was decided it was too windy to continue. Wednesday was considered breezy, and a much-better day to play.
Labraida Tenorio, who relieved starting pitcher Mia Flores in the circle during the Bears’ seven-run second inning Tuesday, scattered eight hits to the Hawks.
The Rams had their Friday afternoon game at Cibola postponed by hurricane-like winds to Monday at 4 p.m.
Two more district games round out the regular season: The Rams are home Tuesday at 6 to meet Cleveland, then head to Volcano Vista Friday for a 4 p.m. contest.
Storm rebound from short skid
Cleveland (16-6, 3-2), coming off a rare two-game losing streak, stayed in the hunt for the district title with an 8-0 victory over visiting Cibola on Tuesday.
The Storm had their Friday game at Volcano Vista moved to Monday at 4 p.m.
Cleveland is at Rio Rancho Tuesday at 6, and home to meet Atrisco Heritage Academy Friday at 6.