LOVING — The Portales Lady Rams rode the strong pitching of junior Sasha Parker to a doubleheader split with defending state small-school champion Loving on Tuesday.
Parker allowed just three hits all day — including a one-hitter in the nightcap — as the Lady Rams dropped the opener 4-3 but won the second game 3-1.
Even though her team didn’t have much to show for it on the scoreboard, PHS coach Robbie Crowley said the Lady Rams (7-6) hit the ball well against Loving.
“I was very pleased with the way the girls came back in the second game,” she said. “It was probably one of our best hitting (days) all season.”
Nusser struck out 13, walked five and hit two in the first game. The Lady Rams scored twice in the top of the first on an RBI single by Sara Silva and a run-scoring double by Vicki Huber and made it 3-1 in thd fifth with Huber singled home another run.
Loving got single runs in the fifth and sixth to tie it, then scored in the seventh on an error, a passed ball, a stolen base and a two-out single.
Huber went 2-for-3 in the game, while Amanda Terry added a pair of singles in four at-bats.
In the second game, the Lady Rams took a 2-1 lead in the third on a triple by Jessica Adkins, a double by Ashleah Richards and a single by Kaycee Quick. They added another run on Adkins’ RBI double in the fourth.
Parker made the lead stand up, walking just two and striking out 13. The Lady Falcons got their only hit and run in the second inning.
Silva, Richards and Danielle Vasquez all had two hits in the game for Portales.