“It’s a very good tournament.”
That’s how Carlos Marrujo, the head coach of the Roswell High Coyotes baseball team sums up the Bulldog Baseball Tournament later this week in Artesia.
“There are some good teams competing,” he added. “It will give us that opportunity to play up and get some more wins.”
The Coyotes (1-4) start play Thursday at 10 a.m. versus the Lovington Wildcats (0-5) at Brainerd Baseball Park.
Marrujo admits he doesn’t, “like to play a district opponent early in the season.”
He said it could be possible that the Coyotes could be facing the Wildcats five times this season as league play is down the road.
Once the Wildcats and Coyotes conclude, Deming and Belen square off Thursday at 1 p.m. The consolation side of the bracket starts Friday at 10 a.m. and the winner’s side will start 4 p.m.
“Deming beat a good team last week (St. Pius X from Albuquerque), they’re a scrappy team and Belen is the same way,” Marrujo said.
“Our side of the bracket is very competitive,” he said.
The other side of the bracket has Moriarty playing Los Alamos Thursday at 4 p.m. and the winner will play either Artesia or Kirtland Central. The Bulldogs and Broncos collide Thursday at 7 p.m.
For Artesia, this will be the first homestand of the season as the Bulldogs started the season earlier this month at a round robin tournament in Hobbs.
The Bulldogs opened that tournament with a 9-8 win over Rio Rancho Cleveland. They lost to Carlsbad 19-14 and they concluded play with a 6-4 win over Clovis.
Last week Artesia participated at a three-day tournament in Carlsbad.
The Bulldogs opened play with a 6-3 loss at the hands of Midland Lee. That loss knocked the Bulldogs to the consolation side of the bracket on Friday and Artesia responded with a 4-0 shutout of El Paso Burges.
Saturday, the Bulldogs lost a close one to Gallup Miyamura 3-2 in the consolation championship.
“It’s going to be a good tournament all around,” Marrujo added.
The tournament concludes Saturday at 7 p.m.