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Warriors can’t close out wins against Hope Christian

By Todd Fuqua

Photo by Todd Fuqua Ruidoso's Ian McClure gets a hit, April 20, during his team's game against Hope Christian at White Mountain Athletic Complex.

RUIDOSO – After three innings, it looked very much like Hope Christian was going to get a 10-run mercy rule against Ruidoso in Friday’s District 4-4A game at White Mountain Athletic Complex.

Photo by Todd Fuqua Ruidoso third baseman Josh Duncan throws to first on a putout attempt, April 20, during the Warriors’ game against Hope Christian at White Mountain Athletic Complex.

But then the Warrior bats started waking up and Ruidoso was back by just a run after the fifth inning.

In the end, though, Hope Christian ended up with a 14-6 win after teeing off Warrior pitching in the fifth and sixth innings.

That included a two-run home run by Kole Simmons in the fifth inning.

“This was one of those things where we can’t give up four or five runs in the first inning and then try to make a game of it,” said Ruidoso coach Billy Page. “We can play with these guys, it’s just a matter of having a little confidence.”

Photo by Todd Fuqua Ruidoso’s Rylan Tercero pitches during the first game of his team’s three-game series against Hope Christian, April 20, at White Mountain Athletic Complex.

It was the same situation in the Warriors’ games against Hope in Saturday’s double-header, falling 11-5 and 18-6.

While Ruidoso (3-17, 2-10 district) lost, they proved they have the bats to get the victory if they could perform at the plate, or perform in the field.

That was evident in the first game on Saturday, as Grady Woodul started and pitched six innings.

“We were up 3-2 going into the sixth, then a couple of errors allowed them to score three runs,” Page said. “In game two, Josh Duncan started and was doing well, but then the wheels fell off defensively.”

Hitting-wise, Jared Candelaria came through with a single, triple and two runs batted in on Friday, while Rylarn Tercero went 2-for-2 with a double and triple.

The only problem was, Tercero was also rocked for seven runs and five hits through four innings as the Warrior starter.

Hope (17-6, 7-2) had 14 hits total on Friday.

Now Ruidoso needs at least one win next week at Silver, April 24, if they want a shot at a State playoff berth.

“They’re not district games, but they will be next year. That’s why we scheduled them,” Page said. “They could be do-or-die if we want in the playoffs.”

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