(SUN PHOTO/ William Thompson) San Jon Coyote Jason Bell comes into third base during a game on Monday night against the Texico Wolverines.
The Texico Wolverines (4-1) handed the San Jon Coyotes (1-3) two early-season losses in a doubleheader at San Jon Monday. Texico combined for a total of 33 runs in two games.
The Texico hitters were swinging into spring in the first game of a doubleheader against San Jon, winning 20-4. The game was called after five innings but still lasted nearly three hours as three San Jon pitchers, Jonathan Brashear,
Will McEntire and Richard Vasquez failed to stifle Texico batters, and walked a number of hitters as well.
San Jon Coach Waymond Ragland is far from throwing in the towel on the 2005 season.
“Our pitchers weren’t hitting their spots today,” Ragland said. “They just need more time. We as a team need more time. Texico is a good ball club.”
Ragland said San Jon has missed out on five games already due to bad weather, and the lack of game experience figured heavy in the lopsided loss.
Texico Assistant Coach Dennis Roch said there is no reason for San Jon players to hang their heads.
“They’ve got some talent that will develop,” Roch said about San Jon. “We were just able to capitalize on their errors.”
Texico went up 15-0 in the third inning. San Jon finally scored when Josh Vuras stole home on a wild pitch. Danny Shetter provided a little more offense in the bottom of the fourth with a two-run double.
That was the that was the only rally the Coyotes could muster.
It was more of the same in the second game as Texico beat San Jon 13-1. The Wolverines were up 6-0 in the top of the second when a Texico player hit a two-run homer making things look grim for San Jon.
Texico scored five more runs by the bottom of the third inning. Jason Bell came into pitch with Texico up 13-1 and at least kept the Wolverines from causing any more damage.
Bell, the team’s principal catcher, said he and his teammates were not at their best against Texico.
“We didn’t talk enough out there,” Bell said. “We weren’t communicating.”
One time the San Jon fielders did communicate well was when Jonathan Brashear caught a fly ball in shallow left and threw out a runner at second base for a double play. It gave San Jon fans a reason to cheer.
San Jon plays again April 5 at Cimarron. The Coyotes host Santa Rosa for a doubleheader April 14.