Jake Martinez slides while stealing home plate.
The Rattlers junior varsity scored an impressive 13 runs in the bottom of the third inning – 12 of them while having two outs – to win the first game of a double header on Monday night against the Clovis Wildcats C-team.
The Tucumcari Rattlers won the first game 19-8 and lost the second 9-6 against Clovis.
“I am real happy with how we were able to put 12 runs together despite having two outs,” said Rattlers coach Mike Russell. “A lot of the times, teams get those two outs and they give up but our guys didn’t. I have been expressing to the guys how little things can win or loose a game. We didn’t allow a lot of runs off of errors in the first game as we did in the second and we batted better in the first game compared to the second. The challenge for us this week is with seven games having enough fresh arms to pitch for the week.”
The Wildcats went through three pitchers in the first game while the Rattlers' Tyler Loftis pitched all five innings.
Loftis had four strike outs. The Wildcats only had three combined strikeout.
The Rattlers allowed seven hits to Clovis' 10, and had 5 walks to their 12.
Ten of the Rattlers 19 points come from RBIs, the other 9 came from runners on third stealing home after a pitching or fielding error. At one point, two scores came from bases loaded and the Clovis pitcher walking a player at bat.
Rattlers game 1 leaders
Tyler Loftis Avg. .750, 2 RBI, 1 SB and 4 strikeouts
Tyler Nunez Avg. .750, and 2 RBI
Raymond Jimenez Avg. .500, 2 RBI and 4 SB.
The Rattlers Jv and Varsity next game is 4 p.m. Friday against the San Jon Coyotes at San Jon