By William Thompson: Quay County Sun
Tucumcari vs. Estancia
The Rattlers baseball team lost 8-1 Thursday morning to the Estancia Bears at Santa Rosa field. Rattler Coach Anthony Alarcon said Tucumcari was in good shape until the fifth inning.
“It was snowing when we started playing. It was a pitcher’s duel until the fifth inning,” Alarcon said. “Matt Braziel pitched 10 strikeouts and allowed only three hits in the game. The Estancia pitcher had 12 strikeouts and allowed only one hit.
Alarcon said Michael Baca scored Tucumcari’s only run in the fourth inning by stealing second and third and crossing the plate on a fielder’s choice.
“Estancia then scored five runs in the fifth inning on three of our errors,” Alarcon said. “Estancia scored two more runs in the sixth inning.”
Alarcon said his team must keep up its intensity throughout a full seven-inning game.
“We just have to play seven innings of baseball,” he said. “I have confidence in our team’s ability to win and to play to our potential. Estancia’s pitcher just pitched a great game.”
Tucumcari vs. Mora
The Rattlers (2-3) played Mora close until the seventh inning when the Rangers scored three runs to take a 6-5 victory at Santa Rosa. Mora went up 3-0 in the first inning. Tucumcari came back in the fourth inning when Drew White hit a single, Joe Hurley drew a walk and Michael Baca hit the two runners in.
Tucumcari got on the scoreboard again in the fifth and sixth innings with singles from Matt Braziel, Andrez Apodaca, Matt Garcia and John Sewell.
The Rattlers went into the final inning with a 5-3 lead.
Mora was able to score two more RBI’s and a Mora runner made it home on a wild throw to the infield to give the Rangers the 6-5 win.
Coach Alarcon said his Rattlers played a balanced game despite the loss.
“It was an excellent game,” Alarcon said. “We held Mora scoreless for five innings and came up short in the seventh.”
Tucumcari planned to play Pecos at 8:30 a.m. today on the final day of the Santa Rosa Invite.