TEXICO — The Texico Wolverines posted a pair of run-rule victories Friday and will face Tucumcari at 2 p.m. today for the championship of Texico’s six-team baseball tournament.
Texico (4-1) captured Pool II with a 17-7 win over the Clovis C team and an 11-1 victory over Melrose, both ending in five innings on the 10-run rule.
Tucumcari defeated the Broncos 10-2 and shut out Portales JV 14-0 to win Pool I.
Tucumcari and Texico are meeting for a tournament championship for the second consecutive weekend. The Rattlers handed Texico a 16-9 loss in last weekend’s finals of Tucumcari’s eight-team tourney.
Texico got three-run triples from senior Jorge Maldonado in the first and fifth innings against Clovis C. Maldonado led an 11-hit attack, going 4-for-4, while senior Jose Posada finished 2-of-5 with five RBIs — a two-run single in the second and a three-run triple in the fourth.
Jaron Hill was the winning pitcher for the Wolverines, working the first three innings.
The Wolverines snapped a 1-1 tie against Melrose with a six-run second, highlighted by freshman Jonah Walls’ two-run single. Walls drove in two more with a triple in the fourth and finished 3-for 3.
Maldonado pitched a one-hitter in that game — a one-out single by Gus Payne for the Buffaloes in the top of the first.
Caleb Martin pulled Floyd to 3-2 with a two-run single in the top of the third against Tucumcari, but the Rattlers pulled away with four runs in the fifth and three in the sixth. Martin and J’Kobie Lee each had two of the Broncos’ six hits.
Floyd (2-3) held on for a wild win against Portales JV. The Rams scored five in the top of the first, but Floyd put together back-to-back six-run innings in the second and third to build a 14-7 lead.
Portales came back with a six-run rally in the top of the fifth, but the game ended there because of the tournament’s two-hour time limit. Reyes Chavez went 2-for-3 with a triple and a three-run, inside-the-park home run for the Broncos.