By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer
Lady Ram coach Robbie Crowley said her team didn’t swing the bat as well as they could have in Tuesday’s windy district doubleheader against Dexter.
Still, the Lady Rams emerged with a pair of 11-1 wins at home and their second District 4-3A title in three years.
“I don’t think we played as well as we can play,” Crowley said. “I think they were really wanting to try to hit the ball out (of the park), I don’t know. We made some adjustments and they started hitting the ball better.”
Senior Sasha Parker allowed three hits in the opener as Portales (15-7, 10-0) remained unbeaten in district play.
“We’ve worked really hard for this point (to win district),” Parker said. “We’ve all been together since our eighth-grade year. We’ve wanted it every year and this is our last year together.”
Senior second baseman Amanada Terry went 3-for-4 for the Lady Rams while fellow senior Sabrina Villanueva went 2-for-4. Danielle Vasquez drove in three runs.
“Everyone put the bat to the ball and we all had good hits,” Terry said. “It seemed like everyone wanted to hit it out rather than just put it into play.”
Dexter scored in the first inning, but the home team quickly took the lead, posting two runs in the bottom of the first. After a scoreless second inning, the Lady Rams took control, scoring three runs in the third and two runs in the fourth inning to grab a 7-1 lead.
Portales put the game away in the bottom of the sixth as Villanueva plated senior Kaycee Quick with a single to shallow center to make it 8-1. Senior Courtney Correll scored when Vasquez was hit by a pitch before Villanueva and Vicki Huber scored when the Dexter catcher dropped the third strike to Parker.
“I was really happy with how we played,” Parker said. “We all worked together.”
Senior Shareesa Nusser picked up the win in the nightcap.
“I don’t worry about Sasha or Shareesa (on the mound) at all,” Crowley said. “And our hitting is coming around. Hopefully by the time we reach state, it all comes together and we’re clicking on all cylinders.”
With the district title already wrapped up, Crowley’s crew wants to continue to build toward the state tournament.
“We can’t let up, we have to continue to play the way we’re playing and win ball games because that’s what’s going to get us the higher seed,” Crowley said.
The Lady Rams wrap up district action Thursday at Lovington before hosting Artesia on Monday night.