Senior Pablo Urioste capped a three-run sixth with a go-ahead, two-run single and Portales held on for an 11-9 win over Clovis Tuesday in the first game of a baseball doubleheader at Ram Field.
The Wildcats bounced back in the nightcap behind a 14-hit attack, rolling to a 14-2 victory in a game called after six innings on the 10-run rule.
“Portales is a good team,” Clovis assistant coach Drew Hatley said. “They did a good job of putitng the ball on the ball.
“We’re a good team, too; we just have to decide when to play.”
Portales jumped on senior left-hander Brandon Gilliard for six runs in the bottom of the first in the opener, but the Cats (7-7) put together their own six-run inning in the fourth with the help of three home runs. Parker Wood led off the inning with a home run, then after a walk to Derek Bennett, Matt Southard went deep to make it 6-4.
Jake Burrell singled and came home on Jordan Jacobs’ home run, tying the score. Sebastian Flores singled and scored the go-ahead run on a single triple by Jordan Hill.
“Our pitcher (Brandon Adkins) wasn’t hitting his spots,” Rams coach Arturo Ontiveros said. “When you leave the ball up in the strike zone, it tends to come back and bit you. They just got good swings on bac pitches and hit it out of the yard.”
Portales tied the score in the bottom half on a home run by Joe Sandoval. Then Adkins, who pitched five innings and struck out six for the Rams (2-5), tied the game with a solo homer in the bottom of the fifth.
The Cats jumped back on top in the sixth on a run-scoring single by Jacobs and a squeeze bunt, but the Rams pulled even on a bases-loaded walk to Adkins in the bottom half before Urioste came up with the decisive hit.
In the second game, Bennett hit a two-run double as the Cats scored three times in the first on and were never headed. Senior right-hander Lane Drake gave up a two-run homer to Adkins in the bottom of the first, but finished with a complete-game six-hitter.
Jacobs went 3-for-4 and Hill 3-for-5 to lead the Clovis attack. Bennett added 2-for-4 and drove in a third run with a third-inning sacrifice fly.
Sandoval went 2-for-3 for the Rams.
The teams met in a junior varsity twin bill on Monday night in Clovis, with the Cats posting a pair of 12-2 victories.