If the Tucumcari Rattlers baseball team does indeed have ups and downs like coach Tony Alarcon said, Tuesday was a down for the season.
The Rattlers were never in a doubleheader at Santa Rosa on Tuesday, as the host Lions scored seven unearned runs in a 10-0 rout, then beat the Rattlers 12-2 in the nightcap.
Tucumcari (10-8, 2-4 district) needed to win its final four district games of the season to have a chance to host its district tournament, but the sweep puts the Rattlers in second place, ahead of Clayton.
Alarcon said the difference between the second seed and third seed isn’t much difference because the Rattlers and Yellowjackets will play at Santa Rosa for the right to face the Lions in the district championship.
Still, there is a notion of gaining something out of Monday’s regular season finale, a home doubleheader against Clayton.
“Of course, we want to go for the sweep and build our confidence,” Alarcon said. “I feel like we are the better team in the district, but we have our ups and downs.”
The Rattlers host Portales starting at 4 p.m. on Thursday.
Track team wins at Santa Rosa
Nathan McDonald earned high-point honors and the Tucumcari boys track team rode strong relay performances to a narrow victory over Estancia for the team title at Saturday’s Santa Rosa Invite.
The Rattlers had 87 points to beat out the Bears 87-85.
The 400-meter and 1600-meter relay teams earned first-place finishes, while the 800-meter and medley relays teams earned second-place finishes.
Justin Benavidez finished second in the 100-meter dash, while Adrian Jones was second in high jump. Tyler Cordova had third-place finishes in shot put and javelin, while Austin Sellers finished second in the 800-meter run.
In the girls meet, Tucumcari scored 76 points to comfortably earn second place ahead of Jemez Valley (63 points). Estancia scored 105 points for the team title.
Jamie Jones took top honors in discus, while Samantha Montano finished in second with a state-qualifying throw of 100-10 1/2. Theresa Chacon took first in the 800-meter run and the Rattlers got wins in both the 400-meter and the 800-meter relay events.
Tucumcari is home this weekend for the Rattler Relays.