The Oklahoma-based Tuttle Tigers made fairly short work of Portales on Monday at Ram Field.
Tutle swept a doubleheader from the Rams, winning 14-5 in the opener and 16-1 in the nightcap, the latter shortened to five innings by the 10-run rule. The Tigers will play a doubleheader today in Clovis.
After playing a scoreless tie through two innings of the opener, Tuttle scored in each of the final 10 innings to cruise to the victories.
“I told the players that Tuttle’s a pretty good ballclub,” Rams coach Arturo Ontivaros said. “Tuttle went deep into the playoffs last year, and they’re loaded with experienced seniors. We’re not going to face many teams of that caliber.”
The Rams (1-4) trailed 9-5 in the seventh inning of the opener, but the Tigers loaded the bases with no outs and two Portales errors helped fuel a five-run inning.
Ontiveros said the wheels came off for Portales after the errors.
“They got a hit and we walked a couple,” he said. “After that, they scored a run and we made some costly errors.”
Tuttle took the lead on a two-run homer in the third in the opener. Portales got on the board in the bottom half when senior Martin Mendoza walked, stole second and scored on a single by senior Derek Robinson.
The second game wasn’t any better for the Rams.
The Tigers opened 5-0 lead after two innings, getting eight hits and five runs off Rams senior Logan Erf. They added three in the third, two in the fourth and six in the fifth.
The only run for the Rams came in the bottom of the fourth when sophomore Andrew Villanueva scored on a passed ball. Portales managed only three hits in the twin bill, all in the first game.
“We had people on base, but we just never got a him where we could score them,” Ontiveros said.