Rattler baseball team set to start state tourney run

The umpire calls Rattlers’ Saul Moriel safe at home after Raton’s catcher dropped the ball trying to tag Moriel for the out. The Rattlers lost the April 29 doubleheader to the Tigers but swept the Clayton Yellowjackets on Friday. The Rattlers play today in the first round of the 3A state baseball tournament at Estancia.

The umpire calls Rattlers’ Saul Moriel safe at home after Raton’s catcher dropped the ball trying to tag Moriel for the out. The Rattlers lost the April 29 doubleheader
to the Tigers but swept the Clayton Yellowjackets on Friday. The Rattlers play today in the first round of the 3A state baseball tournament at Estancia.

By Thomas Garcia

QCS Senior Writer

The 11th-seeded Tucumcari Rattlers baseball team will be on the road for the first round of the 3A state tournament today facing sixth-seeded Estancia.

The Rattlers finished their regular season at 11-12; two of those losses were to the 13-9 Bears.

On April 4, the Rattlers lost to the Bears 11-6 at the Santa Rosa Tournament.

At the tournament, starting pitchers Javier Villanueva and Saul Moriel were unable to take the mound due to reaching their pitch limit earlier against Pecos, said Tony Alarcon, Rattlers head coach.

Alarcon said the Rattlers were tied 4-4 midway through the game, but errors allowed the Bears to pull ahead. He said on defense they gave up eight walks eight hits and four errors and had four unearned runs. On offense despite having 10 batters walked they only had six hits and could not bring in the runners.

The Rattlers suffered a second loss to the Bears, 13-3, on April 6 at Estancia.

Alarcon said defensive errors that have allowed opposing teams to score unearned runs have hurt the team in the past few games.

“We’ve got to keep our focus,” Alarcon said. “We need to do the little things we stress upon during practice.”

Alarcon said the team has the talent to progress far through the tournament they just need to be as skilled mentally to have success.

“I have condifence in their abilities and they have confidence in each other,” Alarcon said. “We are all aware that from this point on it’s win or go home.”

Game time is 3 p.m., today at Estancia.

The Logan Longhorns baseball team ended the regular season with a 10-9, 3-3 record, second in District 5 2A and now await state tournament seeding.

Soft Ball

Because of the rain the Lady Rattlers softball team will close out its district run and regular season Today with a home game against the Estancia Lady Bears.

This will be the second time the Lady Rattlers, 10-12, 2-5 in league play, have played against the Lady Bears.

Their first game was a 17-2 loss on April 13 at Estancia.

The Lady Rattlers currently sit fourth in the District 5 3A standings. A win over Estancia would tie them for third with the Lady Bears.
A tie with Estancia should put us in the state tournament, said Lawrence Sena, Lady Rattlers head coach.

Sena said the Lady Rattlers will need to come out with intensity and take an early lead of the Lady Bears. He said in past game the team has showed they are capable of scoring runs early on in games.

“We need to come out swinging,” Sena said.

Sena said the team has been working on playing a stronger mental game in order to limit errors that allow the other team to score.

Game time is 4 p.m., Wednesday against Estancia.

The Lady Longhorns softball team finished their first season of competition with a 1-13 record.

Track and field

Tucumcari, Logan and San Jon boys and girls track teams will be in action Friday and Saturday at 1A-3A state track and field tournament at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.

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