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Roswell and Artesia claim trophies at Bulldog Baseball Invite


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ARTESIA — Roswell High baseball coach Carlos Marrujo had nothing but praise for his starting pitcher sophomore Xavier Lomeli after the Coyotes (2-6) defeated Los Alamos (4-6) 6-2 to take seventh place at the Bulldog Baseball Invitational Saturday in Artesia.

“He held them to two runs through seven innings, which is what our pitchers did all weekend,” Marrujo said.

“We were able to put more hits together and score some more runs, that’s what we’ve been lacking the past couple of days and we finally put it together for seven innings today and (we’re) excited for what this ball club has to offer the rest of the season,” he added.

Lomeli and Los Alamos’ pitcher Luke Kirkland were deadlocked until the third, when Roswell’s Rhett Stokes tripled, drove in a run and scored a run and junior Drew Graham doubled and drove in a run as the Coyotes had a 3-0 lead.

Marrujo was asked to talk about the play of Stokes.

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“He’s a freshman for us and he’s going to be real good for us for the next couple of years. He gets on base, he does what a leadoff is supposed to do, he’s taking charge. It’s hard as a freshman to do that. I’m excited to see what he has to offer for the next three years,” he said.

In the fourth inning, neither team scored and in the fifth, the Hilltoppers were able to score two runs and in the bottom of the fifth, the Coyotes were able to get some insurance runs, as Lomeli helped his own cause with a sacrifice fly and an RBI.

Marrujo said Lomeli was starting his third game of the season for the Coyotes.

“He is a guy that we can go to when we need him,” he said.

Artesia 5, Belen 4

The Bulldogs(6-3) won the title game over Belen (10-3) as junior starting pitcher Trent Taylor and junior reliever JR Bustamante combined to five hit the Eagles.

The game was scoreless until the third inning when Artesia’s bats got some traction as senior Taylor Null smacked a single that drove in two runs giving the Bulldogs a 2-0 advantage.

A short time later junior designated hitter Aaron Natera slapped another single and brought in another run as Artesia led 3-0 at the end of the inning.

Things were quiet for both teams in the fourth. Belen got within striking distance of Artesia in the fifth scoring two runs.

In the bottom of the fifth, Natera had a key double for the Bulldogs that drove in two runs.

In the top of the sixth a Bulldog throwing error allowed two Belen runners to cross the plate. Taylor was able to get out of the inning as lead off hitter Javin Herron flew out to center field.

Bustamante came in the top of the seventh and struck out the first two hitters. He then gave up a single to Jadrian Martinez. However, the runner was short lived as Abran Armijo lined out to Caden Chumbley Artesia’s junior first baseman.

The Bulldogs had eight hits and three errors in the victory.

This was Artesia’s first home series of the season. Next week they hit the road again with games at a tournament in Rio Rancho.

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