RUIDOSO – It was Ruidoso’s first baseball game of the season, but it was Robertson’s sixth.
The difference in experience showed, March 13, as the Cardinals took a 19-3 victory at White Mountain Athletic Complex.
Robertson was leading 12-0 in the second game before it was called for darkness in the middle of the second inning.
It’s not like the Warriors (0-1) weren’t competitive at the beginning. Starter Rylan Tercero allowed just one hit and two earned runs through two innings, and only three of his pitches were hit out of the infield.
But errors and walks are what did Ruidoso in. Robertson (5-1) got 12 free passes from four Warrior pitchers in the game, and the six miscues by Ruidoso didn’t help things.
“We competed, with a couple of errors and passed balls, but we were hitting their best pitcher,” said Ruidoso coach Billy Page. “They were good at bats and was a good job for our first game. But then the wheels fell off.”
Even with all that, though, when the Warriors were finally able to get on the board with two runs in the bottom of the sixth, they were down by just four runs – still within striking distance.
But then came the seventh inning, and everything fell apart.
Robertson put across 13 runs in the inning, and no matter who Page put on the mound, they couldn’t stop the onslaught.
Ruidoso put up two more runs in the bottom of the inning on a sacrifice fly by Jared Candelaria and infield hit by Isaiah Otero, but it was way too little, too late.
One good thing about the games – at least the Warriors know they have several different arms they can put on the mound if needed. They’ll need it with the Goddard Invitational coming up.
Ruidoso starts that on Thursday with a 10 a.m. contest against Clovis.
“We have to have a short memory, we can’t dwell on this game,” Page said. “If you dwell on it, it ends up being a long game and a long season.
“I got to see a lot of guys throw, and that’s a positive,” he added. “Most of these guys hadn’t thrown in a varsity game before, and we still have several other kids who can pitch. We’ll be OK.”