Alamogordo Lady Tigers Softball Bring Home the Red #2 State Trophy


It’s been decades since Alamogordo Tiger Softball fans have been treated to a finer season and a team of well rounded athletes that inspired their school and the city of Alamogordo. The Lady Tigers softball team can hang their head up with pride, as the school year end approaches with these fine ladies bringing home a 2nd Place red trophy. This success adds to this years many successes, among the many NMAA Association awards bestowed upon Alamogordo High School participants this school year. 

As Alamogordo adults tangle with political infighting around educational outcomes, a potential Charter School fight and APS investigations, the teachers coaching staff and students focused on giving their all and being recognized around the state for excellence.

This year’s Tiger softball team provided pride, memorable moments, awards and glory and scholarship opportunities for participating athletes. 

The Tigers have played a tough schedule and prevailed over the competition, defeating elite 5A competitors like Mayfield, Organ Mountain, Centennial, Piedra Vista, La Cueva, and Farmington. Meyli Herrera, Sydney Lessentine, and Amani Cosom lead their offense. 

Sydney Lessentine talents have been awarded with her signing on into the best and most prestigious athletic conference in the nation the SEC joining Texas A&M.

Saturday marked a tough day for the Tiger girls having knocked out everyone except 4th ranked Centennial had a great passion to also bring home the title. Without question the states greatest talent in softball this season was district 3A, and the two state powerhouses in softball proved to be Alamogordo and Centennial. 

Centennial softball worked the 5A State Championship with a commitment to the  Title, taking down Alamogordo in a best of three series on Saturday.

In game one, Zantelle Rodriquez was the star of the show, starting things off with a three-run homer to get the quick 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first.

Rodriquez would go on to bring in two more runs in the bottom of the fifth to give the Hawks a firm stance over the Tigers.

Not only was the senior a powerhouse on offense, but at the circle as well she pitched a no hitter securing game one with 6 to 0 upset victory over the Tigers. 

In Game 2 Centennial starter off in a similar fashion to game one. The Hawks gained the quick lead on a two run triple by Kayla Hernandez.

The Tigers fought hard and with passion to keep its shot at the title alive closing it to a one run margin in the bottom of the 7th, Centennial was on top 6 to 5.

On the double play Hawks are able to secure the 5A state trophy closing the game out, coming up out of the constellation bracket taking down the number one seed in a tournament upset and a surprise to many across the state. But not a total surprise. 

This title win has been a long time coming for Centennial, coming up just short as the runner up two seasons in a row with a great coaching staff and a team built to compete. 

Centennial secured its second state championship in its programs history; the first was in 2016.

The Alamogordo Lady Tigers should be proud of landing 2nd in the state. They led the state all year and have been recognized as one of the best teams to come out of Alamogordo in decades. 

Congratulations to the Alamogordo Lady Tiger Fastpitch on an amazing season and bringing home the Red Trophy. We are proud of each and everyone on the team! Roar Tigers! 

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