The Rattler baseball team opened their season Tuesday afternoon at West Las Vegas with a doubleheader. The Rattlers had the lead early in the first game, but the Dons of West Las Vegas went on a scoring spree late in the game to win by ten.
The second game was a short one. It got called after three innings, due to darkness, with the score tied.
Matt Braziel was the Rattlers’ starting pitcher in the first game. He held the Dons to just two runs through four innings. Rattler coach Mike Russell said Braziel has the right stuff.
“Matt pitched well enough to win the game for us, but he was tiring fast by the fifth inning,” said Russell. I had to pull him in the fifth when West Las Vegas started to score.”
The Dons took advantage of the pitching change. They scored four runs in the fifth inning, then batted around in the sixth inning, scoring seven runs. The umpires ruled the game over after six innings as the Dons were ahead 13 -3.
Coach Russell said he was glad to see Michael Baca and John Sewell get base hits in the third inning, and as Russell had predicted before the season, A.J. Molinas displayed power in the batter’s box by driving in a run during the third inning.
“Our pitching dropped off after I took Matt out of the game, but I was proud of our guys for hanging in there for five innings,” said Russell. This was just our first game of the year. West Las Vegas already had five games under their belt.”
Coach Russell said he had mixed feelings after his team came away with a tie in the second game.
“I really thought we were going to win the second game,” said Russell. “We had a 4-1 lead going into the third inning, but the sun went behind the mountain and it started getting dark really fast.”
Russell said his team’s fielders found it hard to see the ball in the bottom of the third inning as West Las Vegas tied the game.
“I’m not making excuses, but it was awfully dark out there,” he said.
Apparently, the umpires agreed and declared the game a tie after just three innings.