2004 Baseball News

Baseball Head Coah Birmingham Announced to Be Assistant Coach of NJCAA All-Stars in China

July 6 — Hobbs, NM. Ray Birmingham, NMJC Professor, P.E./Head Baseball Coach, has been selected as an Assistant Coach of the NJCAA All-Star Team competing competing in Beijing, China this summer. The team will meet in Millington, Tennessee on July 7 and depart for China on the 11th. They will play a five game series with China and return to the USA on July 20th.

The NJCAA has a long history of international competition dating back to 1990. The NJCAA All-Star Teams have traveled to Cuba, Mexico, Japan and now China. The NJCAA All-Stars will travel to China this summer and again in 2008. China came to Millington, Tennessee in 2002 and will return in 2006.

This is a great educational, cultural and baseball experience for all and an especially great honor for Ray Birmingham and the college.

NMJC Birmingham Baseball Hitting Camps to Be Held June 1-4, and June 7-11

May 20 — Hobbs, NM.
Birmingham Baseball Hitting Camp Poster (PDF)
Birmingham Baseball Camp Application (PDF)

NJCAA Region V Tournament Bracket and Scores

NMJC Thundebirds on the WJCAC All Conference Team

April 30 — Borger, TX.

  • Johnny Lujan, Pitcher
  • Logan Parker, Fielder

T-Birds Win All Three WJCAC Tournament Games, Gain 3rd Seed for NJCAA Region V Tournament

April 22-25 — El Paso, TX.

Score by Innings    1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E
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New Mexico JC       0  0  2  0  0  0  3  2  1  -  8  12 2 
Midland             0  0  0  4  0  0  2  1  0  -  7  11 1 
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Score by Innings    1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E
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Odessa              3  2  1  4  0  0  1  2  0  -  13 13 1 
New Mexico JC       1  0  4  4  0  4  4  0  0  -  17 17 6 
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Score by Innings    1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E
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New Mexico JC       0  0  2  0  2  1  0  2  4  -  11 10 0
Odessa              0  0  0  1  0  1  0  1  0  -  3  7  5
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T-Birds to Play in WJCAC Conference Tournament

NMJC Baseball Traveling in New Bus to WJCAC TournamentThe Thunderbird Baseball Team was treated to a ride in the new Activity Bus as they headed to the WJCAC Conference Tournament in El Paso, Texas. Their first game is April 23 at 10:00 am , at Cohen Stadium.

WJCAC Baseball Tournament graphic

Tournament Bracket & Scores

T-Birds Finish Regular Season with a 7-1 Conference Run

April 19-20 — Clarendon, TX.

Score by Innings    1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E
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New Mexico JC       1  0  0  3  1  0  3  0  0  -  8  9  1 
Clarendon College   1  0  1  0  1  0  1  0  0  -  4  9  3 
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Score by Innings    1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E
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New Mexico JC       3  0  0  0  2  0  0  0  0  -  5  11 4
Clarendon College   1  0  0  0  6  2  1  0  0  -  10 10 1
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Score by Innings    1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E
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New Mexico JC       0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  -  1  3  0
Clarendon College   0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  -  0  4  0
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Score by Innings    1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E
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New Mexico JC       0  0  0  0  3  0  2  0  0  -  5  5  1 
Clarendon College   0  0  0  0  0  0  4  0  0  -  4  3  5 
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April 16-17 — Roswell, NM.

Score by Innings    1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E
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New Mexico JC       0  0  3  1  2  2  6  0  0  -  14 15 1 
NMMI                1  0  0  0  0  2  0  0  0  -  3  9  1 
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Score by Innings    1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E
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New Mexico JC       0  2  2  0  2  3  0  3  0  -  12 16 3
NMMI                0  2  3  1  0  0  0  0  0  -  6  9  4
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Score by Innings    1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E --------------------------------------------------------- New Mexico JC       0  0  0  0  0  6  2  0  0  -  8  12 1 NMMI                0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  -  0  5  3 --------------------------------------------------------- Game Stats
Score by Innings    1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E
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New Mexico JC       0  2  4  11 3  0  0  0  0  -  20 16 0 
NMMI                0  3  3  0  4  0  0  0  0  -  10 10 1 
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T-Birds Sweep Frank Phillips

April 9-10 — Hobbs, NM.

Game 1
It was a scoreless game until the second, when FP scored once. Then FP scored once more in the third. In the fourth, both teams threw-up goose eggs again. Once again, FP scored one in the top of the fifth. That three-to-nothing lead seemed to re-kindle a sound that Thunderbird field had not had in 4½ innings. The sound of the T-Birds aluminum making solid connections with the ball was what had been absent from the ears of T-bird fans. When the dust cleared and the rally was over, the T-birds led by one – 4-3. Three of those four runs came from a rocket-like homer hit by Luis Rodriguez. The other run came from a solo blast by Logan Parker.

FP tried to mount a comeback in the top of the sixth, but could only tie the game with one more run. In the bottom of the sixth, NMJC must have had FP’s pitchers’ number as they knocked in five more runs, including a three run dinger by John Henry Marquardt. FP changed pitchers in the next inning to try to counteract the T-Birds assault, “but the damage was done,” said coach Ray Birmingham. So was the scoring for the seventh and last inning. Final score, T-birds 9, FP 4.

Score by Innings    1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E
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Frank Phillips      0  1  1  0  1  1  0  0  0  -  4  6  2
New Mexico JC       0  0  0  0  4  5  0  0  0  -  9  13 1
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Game Video

Game 2
FP struck early – three runs in the first four innings – and the Thunderbirds scored nothing, nada, zilch. That was until the bottom of the fourth when the T-birds exploded with four runs. That put them on top 4-3. “Matt Averitt pitched a great game,” stated coach Birmingham. That is the reason that the FP side of the scoreboard remained blank for the rest of the game. In addition, just to ensure that FP stayed on the losing end of this game, NMJC pelted out two more runs in the eighth.

Score by Innings    1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E
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Frank Phillips      1  0  0  3  0  0  0  0  0  -  4  10 3
New Mexico JC       0  0  0  4  0  0  0  2  0  -  6  9  2
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Game Stats

Game 3
This game was an unusual one for the T-birds. The bats were somewhat silent. No matter, the bats were very silent for the FP team also. In fact, NMJC pitcher Johnny Lujan sat 12 out of 23 batters down with K’s, gave up three hits and one free pass, all within seven innings. Coach Birmingham stated, “We scratched out one run in the second inning, then sat and watched Lujan pitch his butt off!” That one run was all it took to defeat FP.

Score by Innings    1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E
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Frank Phillips      0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  -  0  3  1
New Mexico JC       0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  -  1  6  1
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Game 4
This time NMJC took a one run lead to start things off. This run proved to give the T-birds the winning edge as both teams scored and equal number of runs for the remainder of the game.

Score by Innings    1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E
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Frank Phillips      0  0  0  0  0  1  0  2  0  -  3  6  2
New Mexico JC       0  0  0  0  1  1  0  2  0  -  4  7  0
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T-Birds Go 8-3 During Spring Break

Score by Innings    1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E
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New Mexico JC       0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  -  1  9  1 
Cochise College     0  1  0  8  0  0  0  0  0  -  9  10 0 
--------------------------------------------------------- Game Stats Score by Innings    1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E --------------------------------------------------------- Eastern AZ          0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  -  1  5  0  New Mexico JC       1  0  0  0  2  0  0  0  0  -  3  8  2  --------------------------------------------------------- Game Stats Score by Innings    1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E --------------------------------------------------------- New Mexico JC       0  0  5  2  0  0  1  0  0  -  8  11 1 Western AZ          1  0  0  0  1  0  4  0  0  -  6  7  0  --------------------------------------------------------- Game Stats Score by Innings    1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E --------------------------------------------------------- Pima                0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  -  1  4  0 New Mexico JC       0  1  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  -  2  5  1 --------------------------------------------------------- Game Stats Score by Innings    1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E --------------------------------------------------------- South Mountain      1  0  3  0  0  0  0  0  0  -  4  7  0 New Mexico JC       1  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  -  2  7  3  --------------------------------------------------------- Game Stats Score by Innings    1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E
--------------------------------------------------------- Indian Hills        0  0  1  0  1  0  0  0  0  -  2  5  0 New Mexico JC       0  3  0  0  1  5  0  0  0  -  9  13 1 --------------------------------------------------------- Game Stats Score by Innings    1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E ---------------------------------------------------------
New Mexico JC       0  0  0  2  0  0  0  0  1  -  3  10 2 
El Paso             3  3  2  0  0  1  2  0  0  -  11 14 1 
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Game Stats Score by Innings    1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E ---------------------------------------------------------
NMMI                0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  -  0  3  2  New Mexico JC       7  0  0  0  3  0  0  0  0  -  10 9  0 
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Score by Innings    1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E --------------------------------------------------------- NMMI                0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  -  0  1  0  New Mexico JC       2  0  3  1  3  2  0  0  0  -  11 14 0  ---------------------------------------------------------
Game Stats Score by Innings    1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E --------------------------------------------------------- NMMI                0  0  0  0  1  0  1  0  0  -  2  6  0  New Mexico JC       0  7  0  2  0  1  0  0  0  -  10 13 0  ---------------------------------------------------------
Game Stats Score by Innings    1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E ---------------------------------------------------------
NMMI                0  0  0  4  0  0  0  0  0  -  4  3  2 
New Mexico JC       9  0  0  3  2  0  0  0  0  -  14 16 0 
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T-Birds Bounce Back to Prevail 3-1 over Frank Phillips College

March 14-15 — Borger, TX.

Game 1
This game was a classic pitching duel between both colleges’ pitchers. Joe Winn hurled for FP and Mitch Goins tossed for NMJC. Neither team scored until the fourth inning when Tony Harper from FP launched one over the fence. That was the only run scored in the entire game. Ace pitcher, Mitch Goins shut down the rest of the lineup allowing only two hits in 9 innings. That one homerun by FP was the only run scored in the game as NMJC lost by one.


Score by Innings 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E
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New Mexico JC    0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 3 0 
Frank Phillips   0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 - 1 2 0 
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Game Stats

Game 2
The first loss must have ignited a flame of reality underneath the players, because they beat FP in game two 11-7. John Henry Marquard, Renny Osuna and Grant Alexander each stole bases. Grant Alexander smashed the game's only homer. The win went to 95 mph hurler Johnny Lujan.

Score by Innings  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10  R  H  E
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New Mexico JC     0 2 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 5 - 11  9 1 
Frank Phillips    0 0 5 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 -  7 12 3 
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Game 3
The T-Birds kept the action going the next day with a 14-2 romp over FP. This time John Henry Marquard, Mitch Goins (2), Renny Osuna, Lee Ellis and Cody Fielding all blasted doubles. Renny Osuna slammed a triple. Finally Logan Parker, Mitchell Goins and Armadis Padilla all rocketed home runs. Johnny Lujan got the win and Mitch Goins scored another save.

Score by Innings 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9    R H E
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Game 4

The last game in the series was a little more nail-biting, as the Thunderbirds only won by 4: 12-8. Logan Parker (2), Mitch Goins, Grant Alexander, and Cody Fielding all popped doubles. John Henry Marquard, Luis Rodriquez, Logan Parker, and Lee Ellis skied homers. Joshua Giles pitched a win for the Thunderbirds.

Score by Innings 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
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New Mexico JC 0 0 2 0 1 3 4 2 0 - 12 18 3 Frank Phillips 0 0 0 0 1 4 0 3 0 - 8 12 3 --------------------------------------------
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T-Birds Open Conference Play with a 1-3 Series Drop to Clarendon

March 7-8 — Hobbs, NM.

T-Birds Win Conference Season Opener
The Thunderbirds couldn’t have asked for a better conference season opener than the one they earned on March 7th at the start of a four game series with the Clarendon College Bulldogs. The game started off with both teams registering goose eggs in the first. Clarendon was blanked in the second while NMJC scored two. Again in the third, NMJC blanked Clarendon, but the T-Birds scored one more. That was all of the scoring for that 7-inning game. Mitch Goins’ performance was excellent on the mound as he tossed a one-hit shutout. Players who got hits were John Henry Marquard, Mitch Goins and J.M. Devarie.

Score by Innings  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E
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Clarendon College 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 1 1 
New Mexico JC     0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 3 3 0 
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Game 2
The second game of this series went totally opposite of the first game. The Bulldogs jumped ahead with two runs in the first, followed by another in the second. NMJC got on the scoreboard with one in the fourth, but that run was answered immediately by Clarendon in the fifth. In the sixth and seventh, neither team scored. But in the eighth, the Bulldogs took four runs and the T-Birds answered with only one. Both teams brought back zeros in the ninth which left the score Clarendon 8, NMJC 2. Pitching for the T-Birds were Matt Averitt who went for 4.6 innings, Eli Elicerio who pitched for 2.6, Kevin Smith pitched for 1.3 and Cody Harkcom sealed the last out of the ninth with a strike out. Despite a valiant effort displayed by NMJC, they had to settle for splitting the doubleheader.

Score by Innings  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R  H E
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Clarendon College 2 1 0 0 1 0 0 4 0 - 8 15 1 
New Mexico JC     0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 - 2  9 2 
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Game 3
On Monday, NMJC finished their four game series with Clarendon College by playing games three and four. John Henry Marquard was part of the story of this game for NMJC. He managed three hits off of three at bats. Fantastic pitching was the other part. Johnny Lujan struck out seven batters while giving up only three runs in a complete seven-inning game. Even though the Thunderbirds lost the game 3-2, Lujan’s ERA remains a microscopic .075. The only runs NMJC scored were from Kory Johns and John Henry Marquard.

Score by Innings  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E
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Clarendon College 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 - 3 4 1 
New Mexico J      1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 2 4 3 
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Game 4
The last game between the T-Birds and the Bulldogs was played right after the third game. Clarendon wasted no time in putting four runs on the board within five innings.

Clarendon battered NMJC’s first pitcher – Joshua Giles – as he only went for two innings and gave up six hits that resulted in three runs. Cody Harkcom pitched for six-and-a-third and gave up four runs out of 28 batters faced. Pitching for two-thirds of the ninth was Clay Folloder, who gave up 0 runs, 1 hit and no walks. When it was over, the final score was NMJC 2, Clarendon 7. Giles took the loss and Nick Hetland, from Clarendon, got the win.

The T-Birds' next four game series is at home vs. Frank Phillips College, March 12 and 13th.

Score by Innings  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R  H E
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Clarendon College 1 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 - 7 12 3 
New Mexico JC     0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 - 2  6 1 
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NMJC Improves Season Record to 20-0

February 27-28 — Hobbs, NM.

Game 1
Dodge City scored one in the first, but NMJC answered right back with one of their own in the first. Two goose eggs came in the second, then in the third and fourth and fifth, NMJC scored 3,2,1, respectively. The score was 7-1, then in the top of the sixth, DC scored twice, and once in the eighth. It was over in the ninth with the T-Birds winning 7-4.

Score by Innings 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
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Dodge City       1 1 0 0 0 0 2 1 0  - 4 9 0 
New Mexico JC    1 0 3 2 1 0 0 0 0  - 7 9 1 
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Game Stats

Game 2
This win can definitely be credited to fantastic pitching. Johnny Lujan pitched 6 strong innings of shut-out ball. He gave up only two hits, issued two walks and struck out 7. In his relief, Jesse Rodriguez pitched 3.3 innings, gave up 2 hits and 2 walks from 12 batters. But he finished off DC by completing the shut-out. DC never got a run, but NMJC blasted 22 runs off of 28 hits, making the final score a 22-0 thrashing.

Score by Innings 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9    R  H  E
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Dodge City       0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -  0  4  7 
New Mexico JC    3 1 2 7 3 2 2 2 0 - 22 28  1 
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Game Stats

Game 3
This game had a different flavor than the last. Both DC and NMJC opened the first inning with a run. The second inning looked as if NMJC was going to run away with the game again, as they blanked DC and scored four more. DC scored twice in the top of the third, and two more times in the fifth to tie-up this nine inning game. NMJC managed to score one in the seventh, and that was all of the scoring there would be. The final score was NMJC 6, Dodge City 5. Stephen Gonzales, Travis Heeke, Grady Gorman and Scott Stemo all pounded doubles; John Henry Marquard and Marc Noble each blasted triples and James Bennett 2 and Logan Parker each hit homeruns. Pitching for NMJC were Matt Averitt and Kevin Smith. Smith pitched 5 innings to gain the win.

Score by Innings 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R  H E
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Dodge City       1 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 - 5 11 0 
New Mexico JC    1 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 - 6  9 0 
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Game Stats

Game 4
With Dodge City still reeling from the previous close loss, the two teams again exchanged runs in the first. DC scored their one run, but NMJC turned the tables and racked up three. It wasn’t until the third that NMJC struck again with three more. In the fifth NMJC added another, but DC retaliated with one in the sixth. NMJC was hungry and scored another in the seventh. Both teams scored twice in the eighth and neither scored in the ninth. NMJC swept the series and amassed a 20-0 pre-conference record.

Stephen Gonzales, Scott Stemo, Ryan Younger, Mitch Goins had stolen bases, and Renny Osuna took two. James Bennett, Travis Heeke and Armadis Padilla all added salt to DC’s wounds by smacking homers.

The baseball team has never had a 20-0 record to start the season. Even the fantastic team of 1991 only had a 19-0 record.

Score by Innings 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9    R  H E
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Dodge City       1 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 -  4  8 1 
New Mexico JC    3 0 3 0 1 0 1 2 0 - 10 16 1 
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Video Highlights from Game 3 and Game 4

NMJC Sweeps Odessa

Game 1
February 20 — Odessa, TX. It really doesn’t matter who or where NMJC plays; the whole team exhibits a “can’t lose” attitude. In the first inning of game 1, NMJC scored one and scored three in the fourth. Odessa scored their lone run in the fifth. The win in this game is attributed to Mitch Goins. “Mitch is an awesome player and right now he’s pitching his butt off. He’s the type of player you don’t have very often. Mitch is a winner,” said Coach Ray Birmingham. Also, Erin Satteriee punched a double, Grant Alexander drilled a miraculous triple and Josh Talley slammed a homer. When the ninth inning was over, NMJC won 4-1.

Score by Innings 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E
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New Mexico JC    1 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 - 4 7 0 
Odessa           0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 - 1 6 1 
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Game Stats

Game 2
February 20 — Odessa, TX. The 13-0 T-Birds were ready to up their record to 14-0 Friday afternoon in game two of a doubleheader against Odessa College. Much like game one, NMJC struck while the iron was hot and scored the first run of game one in the first inning. The NMJC powerhouse struck again in the top of the third with four more runs, but Odessa answered with two in the bottom. In the fifth NMJC scored two and one in the eighth. Odessa took back two runs in the bottom of the eighth, and that was all the runs scored in that nine inning game. Armadis Padilla, Logan Parker 2, Grant Alexander, Lee Ellis, each hit doubles. Renny Osuna pumped a triple, Josh Talley and Josh LaTour each rapped four baggers. “Matt Avery pitched and took a line drive in the leg. This happened early in the game and he still held them to two runs,” said Coach Ray Birmingham. Kevin Smith got the save. In the end, NMJC scored 11 and Odessa had four.

Score by Innings 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R  H  E
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New Mexico JC    1 0 4 0 2 1 0 3 0 - 11 15 1 
Odessa           0 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 -  4  7 0 
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Game Stats

Game 3
February 21 — Hobbs, NM. Game three was Saturday at Thunderbird field, and Johnny Lujan pitched a shutout with one hit. When he started throwing 95+ mph. heat across the plate, Odessa batters were getting hits about as much as it snows in Lea County. Contributing to the cause were Logan Parker and Renny Osuna with long balls. Everyone except one player for would end the slaughter-rule shortened game with at least one hit. After 5 innings, the final score was the T-Birds 10 - Odessa 0.

Video Highlights

Score by Innings 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9    R  H E
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Odessa           0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -  0  1 0 
New Mexico JC    3 4 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 - 10 13 1 
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Game 4
February 21 — Hobbs, NM. It took 13 innings to beat Odessa College by one run in the last game of a four game series. Despite home runs by Luis Rodriquez, Logan Parker, Armadis Padilla and Lee Ellis, NMJC could never quite pull ahead far enough to close the deal. In 13 innings, NMJC went through five of their pitchers: Cody Harkcom, Joshua Giles, Eli Elicerio, Kevin Smith and Clay Folloder. The last pitcher endured the longest in the game, lasting nearly five innings. He picked up the win as the T-Birds won it 18-17 in 13.

Score by Innings 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10    R  H  E
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Odessa           0 1 1 O 4 0 3 1 0 0 2 - 17 20 0 
New Mexico JC    3 0 7 0 2 3 0 0 0 1   - 18 22 4 
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NMJC Blows Out Arapahoe In 4

February 15,16 — Hobbs, NM.
Game One
Although the Thunderbirds didn’t score many runs in their first game against Arapahoe Community College, they didn’t allow their opponents to do so either. In fact, Arapahoe scored one run to NMJC’s six. That might surprise some people seeing, as NMJC is a heavy hitting team. Pitching from Adam Camacho held the Thunderbirds to one run until the fifth inning. During that inning NMJC exploded with 5 more runs. Mitch Goins – one of NMJC’s awesome right-handers – pitched seven very solid innings giving up one run on two hits and striking out 11. Coach Ray Birmingham said, “Mitch pitched an awesome game.”

Score by Innings    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E
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Arapahoe            0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 1 4 0 
New Mexico JC       0 0 1 0 5 0 0 0 0 - 6 7 1 
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Game Two
In a seven inning game there are 21 outs, 15 of those were strikeouts courtesy of Johnny Lujan. There were only three hits off of this phenomenal right-hander out of 26 at bats. Grant Alexander hit the only long ball in the game as the Thunderbirds won 9-2. “Johnny had a fantastic game,” said coach Ray Birmingham.

Score by Innings 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E
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Arapahoe         0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 - 2 3 0 
New Mexico JC    1 0 5 0 0 3 0 0 0 - 9 8 1 
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Game Three
Monday, Arapahoe Community College came to Hobbs to play. Matt Averitt pitched extraordinary ball until the top of the sixth. In that inning he gave up a hit and coach Ray Birmingham pulled him to rest his arm. He was replaced by Ricardo Ibarz in the sixth, then Jesse Rodriguez closed in the seventh. In this game Luis Rodriguez smacked two homers. Luis Rodriquez, Grant Alexander and Armadis Padilla each smacked doubles, and finally Renny Osuna walloped a ball that turned into a triple. Matt Averitt got the win as NMJC shut them out 15-0.

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Score by Innings 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R  H   E
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Arapahoe         0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0  3   0 
New Mexico JC    3 4 0 3 4 1 0 0 0 - 15 12  0 
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Game Four
In the second game the result was pretty much the same in game one of that day if you give each team one more run each. The final score of the game was 16-1. Cody Harkcom pitched 5 innings and struck out 12. Joshua Giles pitched the sixth and Kevin Smith closed in the seventh. In this game, Lee Ellis took his turn at hitting the long ball, Mitch Goins, Logan Parker and Grant Alexander cracked doubles, lastly Luis Rodriquez and Marc Noble struck triples. “Harkom had struggled with his placement before, but he made the adjustments we asked him to and struck out 12,” said Birmingham.

Score by Innings 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R  H  E
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Arapahoe         0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 - 1  6  0 
New Mexico JC    2 2 8 1 1 2 0 0 0 - 16 17 0 
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Writer’s Summary
I think that this four game stretch was different from others. Usually, the T-Birds are all about power – and plenty of it. But in these four games, it was not only about the smoldering hickory; it was about the finesse of marking K’s (strikeouts) on the scorecard. “Our pitching was amazing during this four game stretch,” said coach Ray Birmingham. “Jason Matthews (pitching coach) has done a phenomenal job,” he said.

T-Birds Sweep Western Texas

February 8 — Hobbs, NM. It was the closest game in the series — 3-5. Josh Talley and Lee Ellis each hit home runs. Josh Talley had one, and Luis Rodriquez had two stolen bases. The Thunderbird powerhouse again struck early as they had a four run third. WT answered with one in the fourth, the T-Birds answered right back in the fifth with one. WT scored twice in the sixth, and that was all the runs scored by both teams. Johnny Lujan was the winning pitcher for the T-Birds with a complete game.

Score by Innings 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E
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Western Texas    0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 - 3 6 0 
New Mexico JC    0 0 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 - 5 8 0 
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T-Birds Soar With Seventh Straight Win

February 8 — Hobbs, NM. The first inning wasn’t quite as explosive as the day before, nonetheless, the T-Birds only scored one. However, the second inning was quite a different story. They blasted through four more runs. Josh Talley and Grant Alexander hit home runs. Talley almost went for the cycle, but he lacked, of all things, a single. The Thunderbirds held Texas to one run, which Eric Brown drove in. The score was 12-1. The T-Birds had 12 runs on 13 hits.

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Score by Innings 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R  H  E
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Western Texas    0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 1  3  0 
New Mexico JC    1 4 2 0 0 5 0 0 0 - 12 13 0 
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T-Birds Take Two from Western Texas

February 7 — Hobbs, NM. It didn’t mirror the first game last week. This time the T-Birds wasted no time in posting three runs on the board early against Western Texas. In the first inning of the first game, NMJC scored seven runs. Mitch Goins, Lee Ellis and Grant Alexander each nailed homers. Additionally, Trey Roberson, Logan Parker hit long balls and Mitch Goins hit another later in the game. On the mound for the T-Birds was sophomore Mitch Goins. He had 7 strikeouts and only one base on balls. Galindo Pena for Western Texas gave up 15 hits and 15 runs, 14 of them earned runs. Closing the seventh for the T-Birds was Chance Black, who gave up one hit, and struck out three. Black earned a save while Goins secured a win. The Thunderbirds won the game 17-3.

In game two of the double header, things didn’t go much better for Western Texas. Not only did Eric Brown, Jay Tust, Logan Parker and Lee Ellis smack homers, but it was a virtual “steal-fest” for NMJC. Chase Gilbert 2, Josh Heiney, Luis Rodriquez 2, Josh Talley, Grant Alexander, Renny Osuna and Marc Noble all had stolen bases. Cody Harkcom pitched one, Kevin Smith pitched two and two-thirds innings and Eli Elicerio pitched for three and a third. Smith got the win and Elicerio gained a save.

Score by Innings 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R  H  E
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Western Texas    0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 - 3  7  0 
New Mexico JC    7 3 4 1 0 2 0 0 0 - 17 16 0 
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Score by Innings 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R  H  E
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Western Texas    4 1 0 3 0 0 3 0 0 - 11 12 0 
New Mexico JC    6 1 2 4 5 0 0 0 0 - 18 13 5 
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T-Birds Whip Chaparrals In Game One, Squeak-by In Second

January 31 — Hobbs, NM. Game one was a 12-0 blow out, which wasn’t unexpected considering Mitch Goins was on the mound for the T-Birds. This season the 11-1 Goins has a chance to become the winningest pitcher in the history of the Thunderbirds. Goins didn’t disappoint anyone though. In his first game of 2004, he threw only his second no-hitter with NMJC (his first was against UTPB). This comes as no surprise to anyone because he can crank his fastball up to 94 mph and has good location with his curveball and change-up. “It felt good to do that,” said Goins smiling.

The second game was a 5-5 squeaker until the eighth. “Coach Birmingham guessed that the next pitch was going to be a curve ball, and sure enough, the pitcher threw me a hanging curve. I was just hoping to get a hit and have someone to drive me in,” said Josh Tally. What he did was hit a walk-off homer that clinched game two.

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T-Birds Blister UTPB Twice

January 30 — Hobbs, NM. The first inning of the first game against University of Texas Permian Basin went rather quickly, as if both teams were evenly matched. But when number 6 Lee Ellis stepped-up to the plate with the bases full in the second, you could almost hear the ball cry out when the bat connected with it lethally. Ellis sent it flying out of the park at mach 2. “It felt pretty nice,” said Ellis. At that, the NMJC Thunderbirds spread their wings and took full control of the game.

Also attending this game were scouts from the Philadelphia Phillies, New York Mets and the Kansas City Royals. They were there eying three NMJC pitchers who break the 90 mph mark regularly, Johnny Lujan, Mark Averitt and Mitch Goins. Goins was drafted by the Kansas City Royals last year. “We’re here to look at those three arms,” said a scout who chooses to remain unnamed.

Despite these three pitchers ability to throw into the 90’s, “They didn’t throw their breaking pitches or change speeds for strikes,” said Coach Ray Birmingham. Even though NMJC won the first game 30-0 and the second one 30-1, Birmingham was only somewhat happy with NMJC’s slugfest. “We’ve got good pitchers potentially; they’ve just got to throw more strikes.”

Johnny Lujan pitched four scoreless innings of ball in game one to get the win, and Josh Giles won game two.

T-Birds Breed the Best

November 10 — Hobbs, NM. “Baseball is a profession just like an auto-mechanic or carpenter. Many people today are still archaic about it, but you make money,” adamantly stated Ray Birmingham, Professor of Physical Education/Baseball Coach.
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