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Estancia Valley Youth Athletics' inaugural season concludes

The Independent of Edgewood, New Mexico

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Estancia Valley Youth Athletics, or EVYA, wrapped up its inaugural season last Saturday in Moriarty with several baseball and softball games followed by a closing ceremony.

"I think everything went great, the season was a big success," said Joel Delgadillo, EVYA president and coach of the High Maintenance (11-year-old and under) softball team.

One of the day's games saw Delgadillo's High Maintenance team beat the Extreme by a score of 18-11.

Earlier this year EVYA became the new name for what had formerly been the Moriarty Baseball and Softball League.

The Moriarty Baseball and Softball League was a merging of Moriarty AABC Baseball and Moriarty Fast-Pitch Softball, which had both operated somewhat independently for many years.

But the American Amateur Baseball Congress, or AABC, doesn't offer softball, so the merged league adopted its new EVYA name "so we can expand," Delgadillo said.

Some of Saturday's other games included an 11U Willie Mays Division game between the Falcons and the Bad News Bears, a Coach-Pitch/Tee Ball game, and an unofficial scrimmage between the Raptors and the Dingers.

The scrimmage was unofficial because the Raptors are a 13-year-old and under team in the Nolan Ryan Division, and the Dingers are a 16-year-old and under team in the Mickey Mantle Division.

The Dingers won last Saturday's match-up 13-1.

Despite the lopsided score, Raptors coach Daniel Wright said he was pleased with his team's performance. "The 16-year-olds have faster pitchers with a lot more trick pitches, but all in all I think we did pretty well," said Wright.

Wright said he wanted his team to play the older-aged Dingers to help get the Raptors ready for the Nolan Ryan World Series invitational tournament in Oklahoma City next month.

"It's a little hard to lose — we took a pretty good loss here today, but I think it's going to make them more mature in the long run," Wright said.

Officially, the Raptors finished the season undefeated after a 16-2 victory over the Knights in their final regular-season game last Friday.

The Raptors are still trying to raise money for the team's trip to Oklahoma and will hold a car wash this Saturday at Tillery Chevrolet, after hosting the concession stand during the dance in the Park at Crossley Park July 3, and a Bingo fundraiser at the Moriarty Lion's Club July 10.

After last Saturday's games, EVYA's closing ceremony began with an impressive a cappella rendition of America the Beautiful by Christopher Dolce, followed by every player receiving a commemorative medal, "to thank them all for playing and having a good time," said Delgadillo.

Delgadillo also officially announced that hell soon be stepping down as EVYA's president but will remain on the board of directors and will continue coaching softball.

"We need to get some fresh blood," said Delgadillo, who's in his 15th year helping the league in one way or another. He said the board will elect a new president in September, adding, "I don't know who it will be but it won't be me."

EVYA's post-season activity includes the Pee Wee Reese Division (12U) Estancia Bears playing in the state tournament in Gallup beginning July 8th; the Bad News Bears will play in the Willie Mays state tournament in Santa Fe, also starting July 9; and EVYA will host a softball tournament beginning July 18.



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Original Publication Date: July 1, 2015



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