ROSWELL — Poised for a split, the Portales Rams’ defense let them down in the final inning on Monday.
Two errors led to two unearned runs in the bottom of the seventh, and Roswell High pulled out a seesaw 8-7 win to complete a sweep of the doubleheader. The Coyotes won the opener 9-5.
Portales (4-2) committed 13 errors in the two games to just three for the Coyotes. Rams pitchers also issued nine walks in the nightcap.
“We definitely put an emphasis on playing catch today (in practice),” first-year Rams coach Dusty Nusser said. “Most of our errors were just on throws.”
Portales took a 7-6 lead in the top of the seventh when Omar Legardo led off with a single, Darin Bonem followed with an RBI trouble and Daniel Sanchez drove Bonem home with a double.
Portales outhit the Coyotes 12-4, but couldn’t overcome eight errors which led to seven unearned runs.
In the opener, the Rams led 1-0 through 3 1/2 innings, but a five-run fifth put the Coyotes in command at 7-1 and some late offense was not enough for PHS.
Niguel Rubio led a 10-hit Coyotes attack, going 4-for-4 with a pair of doubles. Pinch-hitter Ed Banda had a two-run single for the Rams in the top of the sixth.
The Rams will host an eight-team tournament this weekend, with two brackets squaring off against each other. PHS faces Pojoaque at 11 a.m. and West Las Vegas at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, then takes on Las Vegas Robertson at 5 p.m. on Saturday.
All of Portales’ games will be at Ram Field, while Eastern New Mexico University’s Greyhound Field will also be in use.