Tuesday gave the opportunity for rain and a small opportunity for a Portales tennis letdown. The team was able to avoid both.
Playing for the first time in more than two weeks, the Portales High tennis boys and girls teams took care of visiting Artesia by identical 9-0 counts.
Portales coach Bill Wahlman felt it was a good effort for his teams, especially since recent conditions have made it tough to practice since their March 20 tournament at Roswell.
“The next week was spring break and the following week, it became difficult to practice with the rain,” Wahlman said. “Then on Monday, there was no school (due to parent-teacher conferences), so this was really good.”
All 12 singles flights were won in the minimum two sets, while only two doubles matches went more than two sets — Hailey Quick and Rachelle Self needed a tiebreaker to beat Tarryn Moor and Britni Henderson, while Chris Kirchner and Chase Acker played a pro-set match against Brad Young and Kyle Moore.
The girls team improved to 14-2 on the season, while the boys moved to 12-4.
The teams are back in action Thursday and Friday at the Amarillo Relays.
Dora rallies for win
DORA — Behind a grand slam from senior Jason Parker and 2-for-3 days for several Coyotes, the Dora baseball squad rallied from an early 7-1 deficit to beat Floyd 19-9 Tuesday in a District 7-1/2A game.
Floyd took to the longball early in the game, with Chance Chenault slugging a two-run shot in the second inning and Wade Mobley adding a three-run shot in the third.
Parker’s grand slam cut the Floyd lead to 7-5, and the Coyotes rallied to tie the score 9-9 after five innings.
“It was looking tough,” Dora coach Ty Thatcher said. “We did get six-straight outs in the fifth and sixth. We only had one strikeout, so we played pretty good defense.”
The Coyotes (2-4) scored 10 in the bottom of the sixth to end the game via the 10-run mercy rule.
Brent Hays, who went all six innings for the win, was also 2-for-3 at the plate. Four other Coyotes — Parker, Casey O’Connor, Tyler Wilhoit and Travis Belcher — also went 2-for-3.
The Coyotes return to action Thursday with a doubleheader at Logan, and return home Saturday for a district game with Texico.