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Lady Coyotes have a rough start to district against Artesia

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Artesia 14, Roswell 5

In the opener, the Coyotes played well as they out-hit the Bulldogs (12 to 11) and led after four innings of play 3-2. Unfortunately for the hosts, the Bulldogs used a monster fifth inning to score six runs and coast to the victory.

“In the first game, we played exceptionally well,” stated coach Art Sandoval. “I thought we really did. I think we out-hit them. We do have to go back to work on our pitching. We had a couple of pups that we are going to have to help. Overall, we did well.”

The Bulldogs would use two put-out RBIs to get two runs in the second inning to lead until the bottom of the fourth. The Dogs’ Kacey Thurman would do just enough on the mound to keep the Coyotes at bay while the Coyotes’ freshman starter, Valaree Manzanares, would do the same allowing only two hits.

The Coyotes would have their chances, but would stand even through the first three innings until finally breaking through in the aforementioned fourth inning.

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The Coyotes would get things rolling as Cayla Chavez would lead off with a single and score three batters later as catcher Mikenzey Patterson would get the RBI single. Patterson and Victoria Sandoval, who had doubled, would both come in on a solid blast to right center from Karissa Mesquita to take the lead at 3-2. Mesquita would end up 4-for-5 in the opener while Chavez, Patterson and Sandoval would all get two hits.

The Coyotes slim lead would not last as the Bulldogs, sporting seven seniors in their lineup, would ring up six runs in the top of the fifth as they would bat around and get four singles and benefit from two hit batsmen and two walks. The 8-3 lead would be plenty for the visitors as they would coast to the victory.

The Coyotes would get one run in the bottom of the fifth on a Chavez RBI single and they would tack on a final run in the last inning on a Sandoval RBI double. The Bulldogs, meanwhile, were scoring six more runs of their own as the Coyote pitching started to tire late.

Two final strikeouts from the relief pitcher, Rylee Candrall, would give the Bulldogs the 14-5 victory.

Artesia 18, Roswell 0

The nightcap saw the weather turn considerably colder, but the Bulldog bats get considerably warmer. Artesia would get 14 hits – 11 for extra bases – in the three-inning rout and allow only two Coyote hits as the hosts simply had no answer for the onslaught.

“I think we fell apart a little in the second game,” stated Sandoval. “Here’s the thing. We’re pretty young, but at the same time, we have to stop using that as an excuse. We have to start learning how to take our steps and licking our wounds a little bit and start progressing and getting better every day.”

The Coyotes’ two lone hits would come from Patterson, who would beat out a bunt single in the first inning and hit a double down the first base line in the third inning. The two Crandall sisters would keep the rest of the Coyotes at bay as senior Kali would throw the first two innings and 8th-grader Rylee the final one.

The Bulldogs would stretch a 2-0 first inning lead into a huge 13-0 lead after the second inning. During the second inning, the Bulldogs would send 16 batters to the plate and score 9 of their 11 runs with two outs. Stacia Martinez would hit two triples in the inning and Pressley Skinner would blast a full-count pitch over the left field fence for a three-run homer in the inning.

The visitors would tack on another five runs in the third to wrap up the mercy-rule shortened game at 18-0.

“I think we fell apart,” said Sandoval. “I don’t want that to sound so negative, but we have to find a way to overcome. Artesia is good. That’s why they’re number one in the state. But, I think that we are a better team than how we are playing. We’ll see what happens — we are 0-2 in district and I wish we could have played a little better at home. I would have loved to win, but our goal was to get better. I think we got better in the first game, but in the second game, we just didn’t do our job.”

The Roswell High Lady Coyote softball team started their district slate with two rough losses to the visiting Artesia Lady Bulldogs. The ‘Yotes saw an early lead evaporate in the first game losing 14-5 and had no answer in the nightcap falling 18-0 in three innings. The two losses drop the Coyotes to 4-12 while the top-ranked Bulldogs improve to 14-2.

The Coyotes have a few days to regroup as they host the Lovington Wildcats, ranked third in 5A, in a doubleheader on Tuesday.