RUIDOSO — After losing the opener in a wild seventh inning, the Portales Rams bounced back Saturday to beat Ruidoso 13-2 and gain a split of their District 4-3A baseball doubleheader.
Senior Logan Erf went 4-for-4 and pitched a five-inning three-hitter in the nightcap in a game shortened by the 10-run rule. He walked four and struck out two.
Portales got two-run homers from senior Brandon Adkins and Eric Aguilar in a six-run second that made it 8-2, and Pablo Urioste added a solo shot in the fourth.
Erf had two doubles and two singles with three RBIs in the nightcap as Portales collected 13 hits. Urioste finishing 3-for-4 and Aguilar and Martin Mendoza both collecting two hits.
“We tell our kids we hope to split on the road and sweep at home,” Rams coach Arturo Ontiveros said. “We kind of ended up giving them that first game, but we still ended up with a split.”
Portales (3-6, 1-1 district) took a 10-7 lead with a four-run seventh in the opener, but couldn’t hold on. Sophomore Brendan Flack’s two-run double with one out in the bottom half won it for the Warriors (5-7, 3-1).
Adkins and Mendoza both doubled and went 3-for-4 for the Rams, with Adkins driving in three runs and Mendoza two. Urioste singled and doubled in four at-bats and drove in a pair of runs.
The Rams continue district play on Tuesday with a doubleheader at rival Lovington. The first game is set to begin at 4 p.m.