Lady Rams take third place in Dexter

Freedom Newspapers

After getting blanked Friday, the Lady Ram softball team made up for it on Saturday.
Portales took third place in the Dexter Tournament, blowing out Eunice 21-3 Saturday in five innings.
The Lady Rams (4-3) led 6-0 after two innings, and put the game on ice with a seven-run fifth. Portales coach Robbie Crowley said that the team didn’t hit very well, but took full advantage of 12 walks.
Ashley Flores went 2-for-3, and also pitched all five innings. Flores was filling in for senior Kassandra Richards, who (with sister Ashleah) missed Saturday’s game due to a prior commitment.
“We just changed our lineup and it worked pretty well,” Crowley said. “I asked (Flores) to step in there and pitch without having practiced a lot. She did really well.”
Crowley said Flores had numerous walks, but allowed just one run against five strikeouts.
Portales lost 7-0 to Jal in Friday’s semifinal.
“They have some good pitchers,” Crowley said. “They’re a good ballclub.”
The Lady Rams play Dexter in a Thursday doubleheader.

Rams win consolation
SILVER CITY — Kevin Cheatham pitched a complete game, and the Portales Rams took the consolation bracket with a 3-2 win over St. John’s, Ariz. Saturday at the Fighting Colt Invitational.
Portales (8-2) defeated Lordsburg 10-0 on Friday.
The Rams return to play Friday with a 5 p.m. game at Lubbock Christian.