Rattlers take doubleheader

William Thompson

Game 1
The Tucumcari High School varsity baseball team used solid hitting to defeat the San Jon Coyotes 14-3 in the first game of a doubleheader Tuesday in Tucumcari.

The Coyotes scored the first run of the game with an RBI single by Will McEntire in the top of the first inning. A.J. Molinas got the Rattler scoring drive going with an RBI single in the bottom of the first. Freshman Drew White landed a two-run RBI a little later in the inning as Tucumcari went up for good heading into the second inning.
San Jon threatened to score in the second inning, but Rattler catcher Josh Hurley squelched a Coyote rally by throwing the lead runner out at third base. Tucumcari added two runs in the bottom of the second inning off a double by Levi Montano and a 2 RBI triple by Matt Braziel.

San Jon again tried to rally in the top of the third inning when Jason Bell opened with a single and McEntire drove in a run. Rattler pitcher Matt Braziel pitched his way out of trouble and the Rattlers headed into the bottom of the inning looking to score more runs. Tucumcari batted around the order in the bottom of the third inning, scoring eight runs. Drew White, A.J. Molinas, John Sewell and Matt Braziel each had RBI’s in the inning. Rattler Coach Mike Russell noted that the bulk of Rattler runs came with two outs on his team.

“That shows that we can rally with two outs on us,” said Russell. ‘We have the potential to score no matter where we are in the batting order.” San Jon managed just one more run in the fourth inning. Ray Johnson stepped in to pitch the last inning for Tucumcari, retiring the side.
Runs Hits Errors
Tcum 14 14 4
SJon 3 9 8
Game 2

The Rattlers continued to hit well in the second game. 21-8 was the final score. Virtually the entire Rattler lineup hit well and hit often. San Jon again took the early lead. Richard Vasquez doubled to open the game, Will McEntire drove Vasquez in to score and Jared Archuleta followed later in the inning with a two-run RBI. Tucumcari scored 12 runs in the first inning alone. Several times the Rattlers loaded the bases, and hitters capitalized with RBI’s. Pitcher John Sewell shut San Jon down in the second inning, and Tucumcari continued to blast away on the offensive end in the third inning. Drew White hit his first high school homer, and Ray Johnson hit a homer as well. San Jon’s McEntire and Vasquez each hit for RBI’s for San Jon, but Tucumcari was too far ahead and showed no signs of letting up.
Coach Russell said his hitters are in a groove.
“We are getting our timing and rhythm down,” said Russell. “Different guys are starting to blossom. It makes us better all around.”
Runs Hits Errors
Tcum 21 16 3
SJon 8 8 4