Portales hopes for playoffs

By Kevin Wilson

Robbie Crowley takes pride in having a hard-work softball program that never went through a learning period. The team prides itself on being been in the thick of things during the playoffs in each of its first two seasons, with a third-straight playoff berth almost guaranteed.
So they’re not going to let a sweep at Lovington stop them from the playoffs, even if it’s all but stopped any chances of the District 4-3A title.
“Lovington beat us,” Crowley said, “but we probably played one of the best games of the year (in the opener).”
Despite a good game, the Lady Rams lost at Lovington on Tuesday night, 4-2 and 8-1. Portales only managed three hits for the entire night, as junior Stephanie Ganaway pitched a no-hitter in the nightcap.
As for the first contest, Portales (7-8, 5-3 district) got three hits off of Ganaway, but were done in by errors that led to three unearned runs for Lovington.
“We hit the ball in the first game,” Crowley said. “Kassandra (Richards) was pitching strong early in the second game, but she got tired.”
The sweep puts Lovington in control for the district championship. Even if Portales can sweep the Lady Wildcats next weekend at home, they would still need Lovington to lose a game to Ruidoso — which is currently 1-7 in district play.
First things first, Crowley insists.
“We have to beat St. Mike’s,” she said.
Following Friday’s 3 p.m. doubleheader, Portales will be idle for a week until hosting Lovington.
Portales’ home games with the Lady Wildcats were originally scheduled for April 15, but were postponed due to excessive winds. Crowley and Lovington coach John Moore had tentatively agreed on May 3 as a make-up date, but have since changed it to May 2 (starting at 4 p.m.) due to prom — also scheduled for May 3.