If you heard some loud cheers Thursday evening, here’s why: The Carlsbad Cavegirl softball team beat Los Lunas, 4-3, off of two 2-run home runs in the bottom of the seventh inning Thursday night, which is pretty close to as dramatic of a playoff win as possible. They did it in front of a packed home stadium. The Los Lunas pitcher had a perfect game going into the end. The Cavegirls will play Cleveland (20-2) in the state 5A finals Saturday at 4 p.m. in Albuquerque. Best of luck to legendary coach John Tigert and the entire team. Special thanks to Gerry Moore Burger Cave for feeding the Cavegirls and providing continual support throughout this great season.
Coach Tigert has won 11 state titles and been recognized as New Mexico Coach of the Year on five occasions. This will be the second title the Cavegirls are going for in 2021 – they won the soccer championship earlier this year.
The Loving Lady Falcons and Artesia Lady Bulldogs are also playing in their respective state championships this weekend. Eddy County takes its softball very seriously.
It’s also going to be a busy weekend at our sports complex. The NM District 6 Little League baseball tournament has started and 61 teams are participating in this weekend’s 3V3 live soccer tournament. The Bob Forrest Youth Sports Complex is a source of pride for this community.
Our local college – now called Southeast New Mexico College – crossed another important milestone this week with the release of its new logo. You can view SENMC’s new logo on the City of Carlsbad’s Facebook page. Thank you to all of the members of the college’s marketing team who worked hard to get this done. To address some questions we’ve received – the college will remain a state school. While we are officially going independent from New Mexico State University, we certainly expect to maintain strong ties to the campus. Please don’t hesitate to ask if you have any questions, but everything has been very positive. We are still looking for more men and women interested in running for the college’s new board of regents.
There will be restriping in downtown Carlsbad this week. According to a press release from the New Mexico department of Transportation, the DOT is restriping nine miles of U.S. 285 and U.S. 62/180. Motorists are asked to stay 500 feet back from the striping truck and obey all posted signs.
Carlsbad Mayor Dale Janway