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Coyotes overcome the fourth inning

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Roswell High players watch the action from the dugout Tuesday at Joe Bauman Baseball Stadium. (Mike Smith Photo)

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If someone were to write a science fiction thriller based on Tuesday’s doubleheader between the Roswell Coyotes and Portales Rams, someone may want to title it “The Fourth Inning.”

During the top of the fourth inning of the second game, the Coyotes with a 3-0 lead, saw the Rams tie the score.

Portales’ Joel Legarda led off with a double. Coyote starting pitcher sophomore A.J. Palomino was able to get the next two batters out on a pop up and a ground out. Legarda advanced on a fielder’s choice and later scored on a wild pitch from Palomino.

Chandon Neece later tripled for the Rams and would score on another Palomino wild pitch. Fernando Jimenez would single and would later score on a single from Logan Mc Daniel. Palomino would end the inning striking out Trevor Whitting.

“He’s not bad, he gives us a chance to win,” said Roswell head coach Carlos Marrujo of Palomino.

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The Coyotes couldn’t score in the bottom of the fourth as Tarren Burrola was caught in a run down after walking and Derek Natividad and Taymen Burrola struck out.

During the top of the fifth, the Coyotes had a relief pitcher in Hunter Palma. Despite seeing a Portales hitter reach on an error and another one doubling, he was able to keep the Rams from inflicting more damage.

The rest of the game belonged the Coyotes as the scored four runs en route to a 7-3 victory.

During the first game of the doubleheader an overthrow by Roswell’s Taren Burrola opened the door for the Rams to score three runs in the fourth inning and won 3-2.

Marrujo admitted at the start of the season he didn’t have a whole lot of patience and with a young team he said his frustration has shown at times this season.

“The errors I can live with, baseball is a game of failure, you’re going to get three hits out of ten and still be considered a good baseball player,” Marrujo said.

Carlitos Montoya was the losing pitcher for the Coyotes in the opening game and he found the errors baffling.

“The errors they hurt. They upset me, but I still have to go out there and do my job,” Montoya said.

He said his teammates need to learn if someone makes a mistake they need to forget about it and move on.

Montoya, a senior, said the Coyotes have made progress since the season started.

“The defense is getting better, we still lack on hitting. Once we get the hitting down, we’ll be good.,” Montoya said.

Palomino, a sophomore, echoed Montoya’s statement.

“We’re younger and we have to learn from our mistakes, we’re a younger team and just (need to) build,”Palomino said.

As the season wears on Palomino said the Coyotes will be looking to gain confidence along with working on the hitting.

Besides fighting each other, both teams along with those in attendance also had to fight Mother Nature as cold temperatures and high winds played created mayhem for everyone.

“We’ve been blessed with some good weather the past month,” Marrujo said. “It kind of affects every little thing,”

Portales’ head coach Dusty Nusser agreed with Marrujo on the weather conditions.

“You pretty much knew there weren’t going to be enough doubles. Everything that was hit in the air, we were kind of cheating a little bit because we knew it was going to be tight” Nusser said.

The weather prompted Nusser and the Rams to change their strategy in the opening game.

“We went a little small (and) we tried bunting a little bit and hit and run, those type of things,” Nusser said.