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Busy days ahead in Connie Mack city league action

Connie Mack city league schedule heats up over weekend
Drew Perez arrives safely at third base as Frackers coach Eli Wyatt watches from the box during the third inning of a Connie Mack City League game against the 505 Panthers, Tuesday, May 30, 2023 at Ricketts Park.

FARMINGTON – With all six teams within the Connie Mack city league all slated for action over the several days, there figures to be a better sense of which team or teams may be headed for a berth in next month’s Connie Mack World Series.

The Frackers, with a record of 2-0 this season after victories over both the 505 Panthers and 505 Panthers Black, were scheduled to play on Tuesday afternoon at the Farmington Sports Complex, but that game was canceled earlier in the week.

Instead, the Frackers will play at 7:40 p.m. Monday against the 505 Panthers (1-1) for the second time this season.

Meantime, the Shiprock Dodgers will be in a doubleheader Friday at Ricketts Park beginning at 5:30 p.m. Game one of the twin bill will be against the 505 Panthers, with the nightcap slated against NWNM Elite.

On Saturday, beginning at 10 a.m., the 505 Panthers will be in a doubleheader against the Kirtland Broncos, followed by a game against the Shiprock Panthers.

Randy Bailey, of Organ Mountain High School, shown here before a club game in July 2022, is one of several key players for the ENM/WTX Marlins, competing in a tournament at the Albuquerque Sports Complex.

“We’ve got a busy few days coming up where we play six games in five days,” said 505 Panthers head coach John Kuhn.

The 505 Panthers get only a day’s rest between Saturday’s doubleheader before coming back on Monday to face both NWNM Elite and the nightcap against the Frackers.

Beyond that, the 505 Panthers will be making plans to compete in regional tournament action beginning June 20 in Denver. The FiveTool Connie Mack Regional Qualifier in Denver features more than a dozen teams from across the Southwest.

While the 505 Panthers will be busy at Ricketts Park over the course of the next week, the Frackers will be in action as well, competing in a pair of tournaments in Albuquerque.

The New Mexico ABQ Satellite Series, featuring six teams from New Mexico as well as a pair of teams from Texas, gets underway on Thursday at the Albuquerque Regional Sports Complex.

The Eastern New Mexico/West Texas Marlins will be one of the eight teams competing in the Satellite Series, and features several players from Las Cruces-area prep programs, including Mayfield and Organ Mountain High Schools.

Randy Bailey is a left-handed pitcher from Organ Mountain High who is also playing for Baseball’s Next Level program. Bailey appeared in 13 games for the Knights last season.

The Frackers will also be competing in a FiveTool regional event later this month in Albuquerque. The New Mexico Duke City Championships, which opens June 29, will feature the Albuquerque Baseball Academy and several squads from across the state.

“With a short league season, we added some games that will allow us to play more competitive baseball and more games as a team,” said Frackers head coach Eli Wyatt.

For more information about the upcoming schedule and updated standings and rosters for the Connie Mack city league, log on to their official website at FABC.us.