Sports Desk: St. Pius playing a day earlier, but ready for the postseason

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On the Sports Desk Wednesday, a few high school baseball teams are making changes in the playoff schedule due to expected bad weather. The St. Pius Sartans is one of the teams playing Thursday instead of Friday.

“I think we are still pretty prepared and have been practicing pretty hard the past couple of days, and I think even with the change we will be alright,” said St. Pius pitcher Hayden Walker.

Walker is having an incredible season on the hill with a .59 earned run average and 81 strikeouts. It’s the kind of number that can help the Sartans, who are on a 10 game win streak, take the championship in Class 4A.

The state tennis tournament started Wednesday with matches starting in the morning. By evening, rain suspended play for the rest of the day. Matches will resume at the Jerry Cline tennis courts Thursday morning at 8 a.m.

Ray Birmingham and his Lobo baseball team will return to the field Friday for the first time since the tragic shooting death of pitcher Jackson Weller. The Lobos will have an on-field pregame memorial ceremony in honor of Weller after the national anthem. Game time is 6 p.m Friday. The Lobos will host UNLV as they return to Mountain West Conference play.

Combate Americas is coming to the Santa Ana Star Center on June 28. The fight organization will have its first-ever featherweight championship fight, which will be shown live on Univision. Andres Quintana, who trains out of Albuquerque and is from Roswell, will battle Bruno Cannetti for the championship.

Steve Garcia is the main event for Jackson and Wink Fight Night 5 this Friday. He will need a win against Andrew Whitney to keep plans for his future moving forward. Garcia isn’t sure what the future holds, but he says he is hearing things. 

“A lot of people say contender series,” said Garcia. “A lot of people say UFC is next. I don’t know. Bellator is probably the only thing that I have fought on. Then I got out of that, now I’m trying to make my way to UFC, something like that. So, I’m definitely trying to solidify that I’m good enough to be there.”

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