Texico avenges early loss to Rams

Staff report

TEXICO — The Texico Wolverines took an early lead this time and maintained it, avenging their only loss of the season.

Jonah Walls hit a two-run double in the first inning and senior left-hander Jarron Hill struck out 14 in a complete-game performance as Texico defeated the Portales Rams 7-3 on Monday night.

JOSHUA LUCERO: Staff photo Portales sophomore Draven Saiz puts the tag on Texico’s John Myers at second base in the second inning of Monday’s game at Texico. The Wolverines avenged their only loss of the season so far with a 7-3 victory over the Rams.

JOSHUA LUCERO: Staff photo
Portales sophomore Draven Saiz puts the tag on Texico’s John Myers at second base in the second inning of Monday’s game at Texico. The Wolverines avenged their only loss of the season so far with a 7-3 victory over the Rams.

Texico (19-1) suffered its only loss at Portales 14-4 on April 17 after jumping out to a three-run lead in the first.

This time, Hill held the Rams (12-12) in check, allowing only four hits and one earned run.

“The Hill kid is a quality pitcher,” Rams coach Dusty Nusser said. “Against a pitcher like that, you’ve got to be able to foul off his (good) pitches to run his pitch count up.”

The Rams were coming off a pair of devastating District 4-3A losses at Ruidoso on Saturday, including one in which they saw a 10-1 lead get away when the Warriors scored 12 times in the fifth.

Nusser said he didn’t think that had much effect on Monday’s game.

“Tonight, I think we just ran into a pretty good pitcher,” he said. “Saturday, there were a few things that led to those losses.”

Texico coach Ty Thatcher said that with Hill on top of his game, getting an early lead was important.

JOSHUA LUCERO: Staff photo Rams center fielder Omar Legarda makes a diving catch in the fourth inning of Monday’s game at Texico.

JOSHUA LUCERO: Staff photo
Rams center fielder Omar Legarda makes a diving catch in the fourth inning of Monday’s game at Texico.

“We had a timely hit out of Jonah Walls early,” he said. “Jarron was pitching well, and I knew we just had to keep tacking on runs.”

The top four hitters in the Wolverines’ batting order combined to go 7-for-14 with six runs scored and four RBIs. John Myers was 3-for-4 with a run-scoring single in the second and an RBI triple in the fifth.

“The top of our order did a good job tonight,” Thatcher said.

Rams center fielder Omar Legarda, who saved a couple of runs with a diving catch, also had an RBI triple.

Texico returns to action with a District 3-2A game today at Tucumcari. The next outing for the Rams will be a non-district doubleheader on Thursday at Eunice.

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