RUIDOSO – There’s not much you can say about two softball games that ended as 20-run shutouts.
Not much good, anyway.
But for the Ruidoso Warriors, their twin 20-0 losses to Portales at Gavilan Canyon Field, May 1, the end of game two showed Ruidoso had a little bit of spark.
Players came off the bench, got on base and gave their team something to cheer about in the final inning, and coach Michelle Mejia said she hopes that momentum carries over into their home finale against Moriarty on Saturday.
“I really excited, and I think that should be an awesome double header,” Mejia said. “It will be a great way to end the regular season. Hopefully it will go well.”
Ruidoso (3-17, 0-10 District 4-4A) had a fairly good two-game series against Moriarty two weeks ago, even though they were swept.
What was most amazing about that doubleheader was that the Warriors scored 20 runs in the first game and still lost by 10 runs. Yes, a 30-20 final score.
“We were battling back and forth, but toward the end we had a player kicked out,” Mejia said. “After that, the girls lost their spirit. That’s what happened.”
Portales (15-9, 10-0 district) overpowered the Warriors at the plate, as Adri Garcia and Wendy Baeza combined to hold Ruidoso to one hit in the two games.
The Warriors’ pitching situation was fraught with problems. Regular starter Arika Rivas had a stomach bug and was unable to throw, meaning Amanda Marquez and Shanaya Baca had starting duties for the Warriors.
Sawyer Mowdy and Macey Boyiddle also came on for Ruidoso, but the three hadn’t pitched for many weeks or not at all this season. They did their best, but the Rams teed off and were hitting the fence regularly.
“Other than Amanda, those girls hadn’t pitched all year long,” Mejia said. “I really had no one else to throw. But they still came in and did a great job, considering.”