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By BRIENNE GREEN
Sports Editor

The sizable contingent of Artesia fans were on their feet as first Mariah Granados, then Ashley Boyce, then the speedy Courtni Callaway crossed home plate. At second – having advanced on the throw home – stood junior Vanessa Lopez, who gestured triumphantly to her ecstatic teammates after delivering the three-RBI single that put the Lady Bulldog softball team back in the game Friday evening against Farmington.

After tying the Lady Scorpions at 1-all in the second inning, errors had begun to take their toll, and the girls in orange had fallen behind Farmington 5-1 going into the fifth. All five of the Scorps’ runs were unearned.

But with one swing of the bat, Lopez had pulled Artesia back into contention, and – following a hard-hit single off the third baseman by Alyssa Rodriguez that placed runners at first and third – the Lady ‘Dogs appeared poised to tie the game and possibly more. A ground out would end that threat, but regardless, Artesia had new life.

Unfortunately, that second lease wouldn’t last. … For the rest of the story, subscribe in print and on the web.