Rattlers split with Texico

William Thompson

The Tucumcari High School varsity baseball team could not overcome solid pitching by the Texico Wolverines in the first game of a doubleheader, losing 12 – 2.

The Rattlers rebounded with a smart 19-5 win in the second game, although Texico was playing its JV squad.

Game 1
The Wolverines opened up the first game with a 2-0 lead. As the Rattlers came to bat, they expected to score some runs of their own, but it was not to be. John Sewell hit a single, but the other Rattler batters could not muster any offense. Texico came up to bat and got two more runs off Rattler errors. All of Tucucmari’s scoring came in the third inning.
Levi Montano opened the third inning with a single and Michael Baca drove him in for an RBI. Baca then stole home for the Rattler’s only other run.

The Rattlers are not used to such a low scoring output. Coach Mike Russell credited Texico’s starting pitcher. “He had good stuff,” said Russell. “He had a good fastball and a good breaking ball.” The only other offensive spark in the game for Tucumcari came from a well-hit single by Lamar French, a player who has not seen much action this season.

Coach Russell said his team’s defensive mistakes were the cause of the 12 runs scored by Texico.
“We were not playing well in the field,” he said. “We had way too many unforced errors.”
Runs Hits Errors
Tcum 2 4 7
Txco 12 8 1

Game 2
The Rattler hitters got back in the swing during the second game, amassing 19 runs. The only catch was the Texico players were mostly eighth and ninth graders. The Texico coaches decided to rest their varsity for next week’s district tournament. No matter the caliber of their opponents, the Rattlers enjoyed the opportunity to pad their numbers. Even the Rattler reserves got in on the offensive action.

During a nine-run third inning, virtually every Rattler in the lineup made solid contact with the ball. Lamar French, Dustin Russell and Matt Garcia each hit RBI’s in the third inning while Joseph Hurley doubled. A.J. Molinas doubled twice in the bottom of the third inning.

Coach Russell, pleased with the hitting, was not happy about his team’s lack of concentration at times during the game. “Sometimes it’s hard in these kinds of games (against JV players) to keep focus,” said Russell. “Sometimes it looked like we were just going through the motions.” The Rattlers head into tournament play next week. Their first round opponent will likely be Clayton, according to Coach Russell.
Runs Hits Errors
Tcum 19 22 2
Txco 5 5 4