Starting off any season at 0-7 is not a good thing.
What’s even worse is how close you could be to a stellar record in those same seven games.
That’s exactly the situation facing the Ruidoso Warrior baseball team, which lost its seventh game, March 27, to Cobre, 7-5.
“It’s extremely frustrating,” said Ruidoso coach Billy Page. “By this time, you’d think we’d have figured out a lot of the game situations and got a win by now.”
In Ruidoso’s last five games, the Warriors have lost by two runs or less, including 6-5 and 5-4 losses to Santa Fe Indian.
Page said he thinks the mental fatigue may be bringing his team down.
“It’s hard to put my finger on it,” Page said. “We do well early, but toward the end of the game, we have some mental letdowns that hurt us.”
In the Warriors’ last three games, Ruidoso’s pitching has been stellar. Rylan Tercero, Grady Woodul and Josh Duncan all went deep as starters in the last three games, but got the hard-luck losses when their team’s bats or gloves didn’t come through.
“We just have to play well behind these pitchers,” Page said. “Cobre had some timely hitting in the last two innings, but at least we had a chance. Now we just have to get those wins.”
Ruidoso is at Portales this weekend for three District 4-4A matchups. Going into district play with no wins is never ideal, but at least the Warriors aren’t a team anyone can take for granted.
“Our boys are playing well, my job now is to keep their morale up,” Page said. “We could very easily be 5-2 right now. We’re probably the most dangerous 0-7 team in the state.”