Errors costly for Portales girls

By Kevin Wilson

In a pair of games that meant nothing in the District 4-3A standings, Portales’ defense didn’t do enough to make its offensive output mean anything, either.
District champion Lovington swept Portales 5-2 and 9-1 on Friday at City Softball Park,
Portales coach Robbie Crowley was more than happy with the offense that they got against Lovington ace Stephanie Ganaway. However, errors gave the Lady Wildcats plenty of run-scoring opportunities, and a win in the opener.
All five Lovington runs in the first game came unearned.
“We had our chances,” Crowley said. “We just had errors in both games.”
The Lady Rams (8-13, 6-6 district) got 11 hits in two games against Ganaway, including a 4 of 5 effort from center-fielder Erica Feliciano.
“I was pleased with our hitting. That’s something we haven’t done against Ganaway and I think it’s a good confidence-builder for the girls,” Crowley said.
Portales scored its runs in the first game on a two-run double from Carissa Martinez, and got its run in the nightcap off a run-scoring single from second baseman Jennie Gentry.
Junior Kassandra Richards gave up six hits in the doubleheader, but ran into troubles by walking five Lady Wildcat hitters in the second game
The nightcap was tied through four innings, but Lovington finished off a perfect district season with eight runs from the fifth inning on.
“Kassandra pitched very well,” Crowley said, “but (the team) just made too many errors.”
Portales, the district runner-up, plays at Bernalillo next week in the regional round of the state playoffs. Crowley traveled on Saturday and watched the Lady Spartans, who eliminated Portales from last year’s regional tournament.
“They’re not bad,” Crowley said of Bernalillo. “We can compete with them, but we can’t have errors.”