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Coyotes lose and Bulldogs win slugfest in baseball Tournament

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ARTESIA — Carlos Marrujo, head coach of the Roswell High baseball team said his team got off to a late start against Lovington Thursday in the opening round of the Bulldog Baseball Tournament in Artesia.

Lovington (1-5) shutout the Coyotes (1-5) 2-0 thanks to a four hit pitching performance by Fabian Cabello.

“They scored two early runs in the game and kind of put us back a little bit,” said Marrujo.

Senior Carlitos Montoya took the loss for the Coyotes as he gave up seven hits.

“He gives us a chance when he’s on the mound, we just got to help him and we’ve just got to play behind him and hit the ball,” he added.

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The Coyotes also had two errors in the loss.

“We take those errors away and it’s a whole different ballgame in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings,” Marrujo said.

In the opening inning, a Roswell miscue allowed Lovington’s leadoff hitter JJ Valdez to reach first base. He later scored the first run of the game.

In the second inning, the Wildcats got a leadoff single from JJ Gutierrez. Montoya was able to settle down striking out two hitters and then the no. 9 batter grounded out.

In the third inning, Montoya struck out Valdez and then Marcos Hernandez reached first base on an error and then later scored on a single and RBI from Omar Garcia.

Montoya was able to keep the Wildcats in check for the rest of the contest.

Marrujo said the Coyotes need to work on the miscues and other things for the rest of the tournament.

“We’ve got to hit the ball a lot better, we’re hitting for contact still and we just need to hit with power and learn how to hit the ball hard and do what we know how to do and quit being practice players and be game players and figure it out here-to-there,” he added.

The loss moves the Coyotes to the consolation side of the bracket and today at 10 a.m. they will face Deming. The Wildcats were shelled by Belen Thursday afternoon 13-2.

Belen will play Lovington at 4 p.m. today on the winner’s side of the bracket and the 1 p.m. consolation round game will feature Los Alamos taking on Kirtland Central. The Hilltoppers were edged by Moriarty 7-6. The Pintos will play Artesia at 7 p.m.

The Bulldogs (4-3) and Kirtland Central (1-7) were involved in a slugfest Thursday as the strong winds also played a role in the game with the host team winning 11-8.

The Broncos scored three runs in the top of the first inning. The Bulldogs answered the call in the bottom of the frame scoring five runs.

Kirtland’s starting pitcher Cadan Flack looked like he was settling down in the second and third innings. The fourth was a different story as he was lifted for reliever Trystan Aspaas as both pitchers gave up three runs on two throwing errors.

In the top of the fourth, the Broncos scored four runs as Artesia’s starting pitcher Aaron Natera, a junior, was lifted for junior Favian Carrasco.

Artesia Head Coach J. J. Ortiz also brought in sophomore Garrett Thomas and junior JR Bustamante to shut down Kirtland Central.

In the fifth inning, Artesia was able to put some distance between them and the Broncos as junior shortstop Trent Taylor smacked a two-run double as the Bulldogs scored three runs.

Aspaas was the losing pitcher, while Thomas picked up the win and Bustamante got the save.

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