The state Class 4A rankings currently show the Robertson Cardinals as the number one team with a an overall record of 13-2, but as of press time, Taos was tied with Robertson atop the District 2-4A standings.
As teams reached the halfway point of league play, where everyone in the district has played each other at least once, the Taos Tigers found themselves all knotted up with the mighty Cardinals with a 4-1 record. Each team's solitary league loss coming against each other when the two teams met April 7.
To settle district standings and to determine a district champion, teams play each other three times throughout the season in home-and-home arrangements. One of the meetings is a double-header.
Taos fell behind early, but was able to stage a comeback to win 6-4 in game one April 7.
The Tigers gave up two runs in each of the first two innings, but managed to hold the Cardinals scoreless throughout the remainder of the game. Taos rallied in the bottom of the third and fifth innings, pumping in three runs in each at-bat.
Solid pitching down the stretch snuffed out any momentum Robertson tried to drum up on offense. Credited with the win for Taos was Noah Armijo who went five innings and recorded eight strikeouts. Jalen Montaño, who threw in relief the last two innings, earned a save.
The victory extended the Tigers' win streak to nine games and its 11th win in the last 12 games dating back to March 15.
After a short intermission, the two teams were back on the field for their second tilt. This time, the roles were reversed. The Cardinals became the aggressors at the plate and shut down the Tigers on defense.
Taos had several opportunities to score throughout the match, but quality errors by the Tigers on offense left too many base runners abandoned and the Cardinals prevailed, 7-3.
The Tigers were back in action Tuesday (April 10) as they hosted the West Las Vegas Dons for a single game at Cardenas Field. With hot hitting from the entire lineup, Taos rolled out to a sizable lead in the first two innings, putting the game out of reach for the Dons and eventually ending the game early due to the 10-run rule. Final score: Taos 16, West Las Vegas 6.
Up next for Taos is a crucial double-header against the St. Michael's Horsemen (10-8, 3-2) in Santa Fe Saturday (April 14). Due to ACT testing, the start of the two games has been moved to 2 and 4 p.m.