Texico jumps out to 3-1 district record

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers

TEXICO — A couple of days ago, the Texico Wolverines looked like they were in some trouble in the District 3-2A race.

What a difference a come-from-behind win can make.

After losing the opener of a doubleheader at Tucumcari and seeing the second game suspended by lightning on Tuesday, Texico regrouped and won the completion of the game 10-8 on Wednesday. They then torched Clayton 10-0 and 21-9 on Friday, and suddenly have command of the district with a 3-1 record.

Junior Jesse Walthers delivered a three-run homer in the first inning of the opener, and pitched a three-hit shutout with 11 stikeouts. He then added an RBI single and a two-run double in the Wolverines’ 15-run explosion in the first inning of the nightcap — all coming after the first two hitters struck out.

Both games ended after 4 1/2 innings on the 10-run rule as Texico (6-7) improved to 4-0 in its new home facility.

“I guess we always seem to play better at home,” Walthers said. “We seem to do good against anybody we play here.”

And, he added, for him it was a matter of redemption. Walthers took the loss in Tuesday’s 10-6 setback to Tucumcari.

“I did bad in that game,” he said. “I was trying to redeem myself tonight.”

Walthers’ homer staked the Wolverines to a 3-0 lead in the opener, and they ended it with four runs in the fifth capped by senior second baseman Michael Reid’s run-scoring single.

“It seems like we’re hitting the ball pretty well right now,” Texico coach Richard Luscombe said. “I know their pitching probably isn’t as good as some of the pitching we faced, but we’re finally hitting some balls in the gaps.”

The second game was over almost before it started. After Clayton’s Raul Garcia struck out Seth Bailey and Casey Crist to start the game, the next 16 Wolverines reached back before Bailey’s fielder’s choice grounder ended it — making him 1-for-3 in the inning.

Sophomore first baseman Brett Anderson drove in five runs with a pair of doubles in the inning. Texico pounded out seven hits and took advantage of seven walks, a hit batsman and two Clayton errors in the inning.