By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer
The Elida Tiger and Dora Coyote baseball teams began their seasons at different tournaments around southeastern New Mexico but came home with the same result Thursday night. Elida lost in the first round of the Hal Bogle Tournament in Dexter to the host Demons 13-3 in five innings, while the Coyotes fell 17-0 to Eunice in the first round of the Cardinals tournament.
The Dexter Demons posted five runs in each of the second and third innings, and the Tiger defense committed eight errors as the home team built a 12-1 lead after three innings, on the way to the mercy rule victory.
“Our infield had a lot of trouble seeing the ball, but other than that we had some bright points,” Elida head coach Jimmy Ward said.”
One of the bright points Ward pointed to was the hitting game.
“If we had cut our errors down I think we would have been in the ball game tonight. They scored several runs off our throwing errors,” Ward said. “We hit the ball decent.”
According to Ward, junior pitcher Wesley Gilmore was the first of four Elida throwers, each getting about 30 pitches each.
“We just kind of treated (the game) like it was a practice,” Ward said. “We’ve only had about three days of practice (so far), and I thought our pitching looked really good.”
In Eunice, the Dora Coyotes (0-1) only got three innings of play as the Cardinals put 17 runs across the plate to hand the Coyotes their first loss of the season.
“(Eunice) started out the game with two singles and a home run,” Dora head coach Ty Thatcher said. “We just threw the ball belt high a few too many times. We did a little bit better job of hitting spots later in the game though.”
Thatcher also said the Coyotes had some run-scoring opportunities that didn’t come through.
“We had guys in scoring positions several times, we just couldn’t get them through. I think we ended up with two base hits and a few walks throughout the contest and we couldn’t get them across the plate.”
Elida (0-1) travels back to Dexter this morning for a 1 p.m. second-round game against Mesilla Valley, while Dora goes back to Eunice today for a 3 p.m. second-round contest against Floyd.
“I think if we cut our errors down we’ll be in good shape (today),” Ward said.