The Roswell High Lady Coyote softball team came out swinging as they pummeled the visiting 6A Clovis Wildcats twice in two mercy-ruled shortened games on a chilly Tuesday evening. The hosts won 12-2 in the opener in six innings and won 16-1 in four innings in the nightcap.
With the sweep, the young Coyotes (3-6) get some much-needed momentum heading into this weekend’s Artesia Invite, and in the process, gave Coach Art Sandoval career victory number 200.
“We came into this game 1-6, but we’re better than 1-6 due to the competition we have faced,” said Sandoval. “You could tell (with the performance in the games). We have three 8th-graders on this team. We’re going to be fine. We just have to continue to work as hard as we can. We have to make sure that we are not content and that we focus and that we are doing everything that we possibly can to get better with two-strike hitting and so forth. (The wins) really were a big deal. We had a conversation the other day about coming together as a team and overcoming adversity, and that’s exactly what we did.”
Game one: Roswell 12, Clovis 2
In the opener, the ‘Yotes used a big second inning and got a complete game performance from Valaree Mazanares on the mound to win 12-2.
The struggling Wildcats, still winless on the year, would see both Anyssa Casaus and Daisy Dodge go a combined 4-for-4 at the plate while reaching base every time up, but could not overcome three errors and the hot Coyote bats.
“I thought we really came out and, in the first game, we played ok,” stated Coach Sandoval. “It was a little crisp out here, but I think we played ok. We started (Manzanares) and she did a very good job. We hit the ball ok. We wanted to put together seven complete innings.”
With the Coyotes trailing 1-0 entering the bottom of the second inning, the hosts used 6 hits, 3 walks and 2 errors to put up 8 big runs and put the game firmly in hand for the Coyotes.
The Coyotes would get a 2-RBI double from Nayali Morales, an RBI single from Karissa Mesquita and an opposite-field RBI single from the diminutive Gabriella Garza in the huge inning. The Coyotes would send 12 to the plate and also score three runs on an error and another on a wild pitch by 8th-grader Alexa Archuleta – who had led the inning off with a walk.
With the large lead, Manzanares could settle down, throw strikes and let her defense get her out of most jams. She would end up with the complete game victory giving up 8 hits while striking out two and walking none. Her defense would play error-free on the night.
The Wildcats would manage only one more run – on a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning – as they would leave the bases loaded in the third and stranding runners in every inning except the second.
The Coyotes would make it 9-2 in the 4th inning as freshman Isabel Aragon would draw a bases-loaded RBI walk and then they would end it in the sixth with three more runs.
The hosts would use a three-base error to score two and then get a walk-off put out by Cayla Chavez to end the game at 12-2.
Game two: Roswell 16, Clovis 1
The Coyotes would see their bats do damage in the nightcap as they would blast two home runs – from catcher Mikenzey Patterson and shortstop Karissa Mesquita – and see relief pitcher Lea Sanchez keep the Wildcats at bay in the big 16-1 romp.
Coach Sandoval stated that, “we wanted to go out and dominate, and that’s what we did.” He continued, “(Manzanares) took a line drive to the foot, so I put in the 8th-grader (Sanchez) and she did a good job.”
The Coyotes would go up 3-1 in the first as they got RBIs from Mesquita, Aragon and Chavez.
Following Sanchez striking out the side in the top of the second, the Coyotes would make it 4-1 as Patterson would blast a 1-0 fastball to deep right-center. Patterson would finish 3-for-3 in the game while also getting a walk.
The Coyotes would get a rare 5-3-6 double play in the top of the third as Archuleta would field a short grounder and throw to Racquel Gonzalez, who would in turn gun out the runner at third with a perfect throw to shortstop Mesquita, who was covering the base. The hosts would then put up a 6 spot in the bottom of the inning to go up 10-1.
Patterson would come a few inches from a grand slam as she belted a 3-RBI triple which was then followed by an RBI single from Nayeli Morale and then Mesquita’s 2-RBI shot to straightaway center field.
“We really hit the ball exceptionally well,” said Sandoval. “I haven’t seen a hitting performance like that in a long time. That’s big for us.”
The Coyotes got two great fielding plays from Chavez and one from Mesquita in the top of the fourth to set up the final offensive highlights in the bottom of the inning.
The Coyotes would bat around as they would use five hits to help score their six runs. Sanchez would get her initial hit of the evening with a 2-RBI double, Mesquita would get an RBI walk, Archuleta would get a 2-RBI single and Chavez would wrap up a perfect 4-for-4 game with a walk-off single to end the game with the ‘Yotes up 16-1.
The Coyotes participate in the Artesia Tournament this Friday and Saturday.