By William Thompson: QUAY COUNTY SUN
The Tucumcari Rattlers won two games at San Jon Tuesday. The Rattlers, (7-5), won the first game 10-6 and the second game 10-7.
The Coyotes (5-5) started off on the right foot with a three-run first inning. Will McEntire doubled, Jonathan Brashear singled and Danny Shetter singled. The Rattlers, however, started even better with a four-run first inning with hits from Joe Hurley and Drew White. Matt Garcia added a 2-RBI single.
By the top of the fifth inning, Tucumcari was in control 7-3. Andre DeBord nailed a 2-RBI double to put the Rattlers up 9-3.
Coyotes Luke Bugg and Danny Shetter hit runs in during the bottom of the fifth to pull San Jon within 4 runs, but that was it for San Jon scoring.
San Jon’s McEntire and Brashear got a rally going in the sixth but no runs materialized.
Rattler Coach Tony Alarcon liked John Sewell’s pitching.
“John pitched a solid game and our defense improved,” Alarcon said. “We finished strong.”
San Jon Coach Waymond Ragland liked his team’s effort.
“We had intensity,” Ragland said. “We’re leaving too many on base. We’ve got to get hits at the right time.”
Runs Hits Errors
Tucumcari 10 10 3
San Jon 6 9 4
San Jon took an early 2-0 lead in game two as Trey Rusk scored on a wild pitch and McEntire hit a run in. San Jon was up 4-1 by the bottom of the third as Rusk singled and McEntire knocked in two more runs.
San Jon threatened to score more in the fourth inning but Drew White and Matt Garcia turned a double play to end the rally.
San Jon’s Brashear led off the bottom of the fifth inning with a home run and San Jon was up 5-3. The Rattlers scored three runs in the top of the sixth. Sewell doubled for an RBI, Hurley sacrificed for a run and then Sewell scored on a wild pitch.
McEntire hit an RBI single in the bottom of the sixth inning to tie the game up at 6-6.
Tucumcari staged a big rally in the top of the seventh.
Andre DeBord knocked the ball between second and third to score two runners and Andres Apodaca hit one to the fence to score two more runners.
Coach Alarcon praised Drew White’s pitching
“Drew pitched a solid game and then started to struggle late so I brought John Sewell back in,” Alarcon said. “We needed to win this game because we need to get our morale up going into district. We’ve got Clayton at home on Friday.”
The Rattlers beat Floyd in two games Saturday, 11-3 and 16-6.
Runs Hits Errors
Tucumcari 10 6 5
San Jon 7 4 2