Hobbs ends Carlsbad’s baseball season in 5A quarterfinals

Carlsbad's Sack Marquez slides into third base during the 5A quarterfinals game against Hobbs on June 22, 2021. Hobbs won, 4-1.

HOBBS – After the Hobbs baseball team edged Carlsbad 4-2 in Tuesday night’s state 5A quarterfinal, the public address speakers at a jam-packed Veterans Memorial Complex blared the Queen classic “Another One Bites the Dust”.

The Eagles just need two more to bite the dust and they’ll be state champions.

The next potential dust-biter for second-seeded Hobbs is third-seeded Sandia, thanks to the latter beating sixth-seeded Rio Grande 8-7 on Tuesday. The Eagles will host Sandia on Thursday at 6 p.m.

Hobbs is one-third of the way to a state title because of a complete-game, seven-strikeout effort from pitcher Colton Graham, and timely hits from the Eagles’ offense, which was actually outhit 7-5 by Carlsbad’s.

Hobbs’ quarterfinal win over the Cavemen came after the Eagles won the regular-season series 3-1.