Lady Rams making progress in district play
Last updated 6/5/2021 at 3:42pm
ROSWELL - The Portales High softball team is making progress.
Since the start of District 4-4A play, the senior-less Lady Rams have been competitive in one game of doubleheaders, but not so much in the other. That trend continued on Thursday when PHS lost to Roswell Goddard 8-7 in nine innings in the opener, then 11-1 in Game 2, the latter halted in the bottom of the sixth inning on the 10-run rule.
The contests, originally scheduled for Portales, were moved to Roswell due to wet grounds at Wheeler Park. PHS will now host Goddard in a district twin bill on June 15.
"The first game was a great game," said Lady Rams coach Amanda Bonner, whose team was coming off a split at home with Lovington on Tuesday for its first district triumph. "It was one of our better games. If we hadn't had some errors, we would've won the game.
"The girls battled and played hard."
Game 1 seesawed and was tight the whole time. Portales (2-9, 1-5 district) took a 3-0 lead with a three-run third, then rallied back to tie twice and force extra innings.
PHS then retook the lead on an RBI groundout by sophomore Emma Long in the top of the eighth, but the Lady Rockets (8-6, 2-4) pushed one over IN the bottom half. In the ninth, Goddard finally ended it on a bases-loaded RBI single with one out.
Junior lefty Adrianna Garcia went the distance in the circle for the Lady Rams, striking out six. Meantime, junior shortstop Teagan Faust was 4-for-4 with a walk, scoring once and driving one in, and junior center fielder Cashlin Fraze added 3-for-5 and scored a run.
Sophomores Kenzee Rowland and Alivia Gonzales each had a single and a double, with Rowland knocking in a pair and Gonzales scoring one and driving in one.
In the nightcap, Goddard took a 9-0 lead into the fifth inning before sophomore Abby Marquez got PHS on the board with a solo home run. The Lady Rockets then ended it with single tallies in the fifth and sixth.
Freshman Bailey Hinderliter went 2-for-3 at the plate for the Lady Rams, who collected six hits. Gonzales handled the pitching chores for Portales.
PHS returns to action on Tuesday with a 4:30 p.m. district twin bill at Artesia.
Portales 9-5, Lovington 8-16 (Tuesday) - At Wheeler Park, the Lady Rams slipped into the win column in district play as they nipped Lovington on Rowland's two-run, sixth-inning double which plated Faust and Fraze.
Rowland finished 4-for-4 with five RBIs, also blasting a two-run homer in the third to pull the Lady Rams to 8-5.
The Lady Wildcats (8-3, 3-1) scored four runs in each of their first two turns at bat to lead 8-2, but were blanked the rest of the way by Gonzales. Meantime, Portales chipped away, getting one in the second, two in the third and two in the fourth before finally overtaking Lovington on Rowland's two-bagger to center field.
Garcia added a two-run homer in the first for PHS, and went 2-for-4 with a walk and two runs scored. Faust also finished 2-for-4 and tallied twice.
Lovington broke open the second game with a nine-run third, opening a 15-2 lead over Portales. The Lady Wildcats collected 13 hits and took advantage of five Lady Rams errors in a game shortened to five innings by the 10-run rule.
Gonzales belted an RBI single and Hinderliter singled home two more in Portales' three-run third. Faust went 2-for-3 in the game and scored a run.
The Lady Rams next outing is on Tuesday in a 4:30 p.m. district twin bill at Artesia.
Lady Cats drop pair of doubleheaders - It was a rough week on the road for Clovis High's softball team, which began District 4-5A action with doubleheader losses at Carlsbad (10-0 and 14-0) on Tuesday and at Hobbs (12-0, 15-0) on Thursday.
All four games ended early on the run rule. Carlsbad (10-1, 4-0 district), which swept Roswell High 1-0 and 9-1 at Roswell on Thursday, broke open Tuesday's first game with three-run innings from the third through the fifth, then led 3-0 in the nightcap before scoring six in the third and five in the fourth.
Clovis (3-9, 0-4) managed five singles in the two games, including one in each tilt by senior Jordan Angeles. Senior Jenice Hudson and junior Marina Sena each had a hit in the opener, and junior Luna Rodriguez added one in Game 2.
The Lady Cats will be at home next week for 5 p.m. district doubleheaders against Roswell High on Tuesday and Carlsbad on Thursday.