Locals stumble in tourney

William Thompson Tucumcari vs. Estancia The Rattlers’ baseball team lost 15-4 to the Bears of Estancia, ending the Rattlers’ hopes of winning their home tournament. Estancia had 18 hits for the game and Rattler Coach Mike Russell said he might know why. “It looked like the Estancia batters were reading our pitchers’ mail,” said Russell. […]

Rattlers begin with win, Logan, San Jon lose

William Thompson Michael Baca came through with a clutch inside-the-park homer in the bottom of the sixth inning Friday afternoon to put Tucumcari in a semi-final game against Estancia in the Route 66 Tournament on Saturday. Rattler coach Mike Russell had praise for Baca. “Michael Baca is one guy who can generate scoring,” he said. […]

Local ladies fall to Estancia

William Thompson The Lady Rattlers played well in the first half, but let the Lady Bears begin to pull away in the second half as Tucumcari lost at home, 52-32, Friday. The Rattler girls had a knack for drawing fouls Friday evening. They shot from the foul line 22 times in the first half alone. […]

Rattlers welcome off week

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By Ryan Lengerich Two scrimmages, seven wins, two disappointments and one district championship later — the Rattlers can finally breath. Tucumcari will not play their final regular season game Friday against Dexter, a team they could meet in the first round of the playoffs. The team’s coaches mutually decided to cancel the game for fear […]

Rattlers get first test

By Ryan Lengerich Estancia came up short in their first week against Laguna, but don’t look for this week to be anything like the Rattlers first two. Tucumcari (2-0) battles Estancia (0-1) at 7 p.m. Friday night at Rattler Stadium in their third straight home game of the 2003 season. The Rattlers have not been […]