North-South baseball teams face off at Field of Dreams
Southern New Mexico all-stars come up just short during series
The Optimist Club of Las Cruces held the 41st annual Bob Ogas North-South All-Star baseball games showcasing the most talented high school baseball players from around New Mexico on Friday and Saturday, June 10 and 11, at the Field of Dreams. The northern half of Las Cruces brought the big guns Friday night, defeating the southern team 5-0. The South rose again during the first of a doubleheader on Saturday, evening the score with a 5-2 win. But the northern team took the series with an 8-4 victory during the second game on Saturday.
New Mexico State University provided housing for the players and coaches.
Area high schools represented were Las Cruces, Mayfield and Centennial. Coaching the south team was Cody May from Carlsbad High School, and taking the reins for the north team was St. Pius’s Mark Hilton of Albuquerque.
The players participated in a home run derby and a skills showcase on June 9, followed by a cook-out for the teams.
A breakfast banquet at Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces on Saturday, June 11, featured Tim Haggerty, broadcast/media relations for the El Paso Chihuahuas and coach Brian Green of NMSU as speakers.
The Optimist Club of Las Cruces is a service organization working with community youth since 1961. The all-star event was renamed four years ago for co-founder Bob Ogas, a former Mayfield High School coach and principal.