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Goddard loses to Roswell on Senior Night

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Goddard knew that Roswell was going to try and make the game ugly and run up the score. Roswell was too aggressive at the plate in the first few innings. Goddard managed to get their bats swinging and take a 9-7 lead and trade scores. Every time Roswell would score in the first game, Goddard would get timely hitting from P.J. Villalreal and Haydenn Allen along with Deja Ramirez. In the circle, the Lady Rockets got outstanding pitching from lefty Jazmyn Prudencio who battled for six innings.

Roswell used timely hitting as a team in both games and errors from Goddard, to win both games of a doubleheader on Senior Night, 21-13 and 16-4. Roswell’s victory keeps their faint hope alive for the postseason. There were two calls that seemed to turn the tide, the first was a call when with no outs Goddard’s base runner was originally called safe at second as a runner advanced to third base. The umpire in the field made the out call.

“All I know is we took care of business,” Sandoval said. “We had to get a 15-run rule and a 10-run rule and that’s what we did. We’ll have to see what happens, it’s in God’s hands now.”

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Pictured, from left, are Haydenn Allen, Abrieana Guevara, Amber Aguilar and Addison Bailey.

Roswell coach Art Sandoval went to the home plate umpire and asked for help; both umpires gathered to talk about the call, the home plate umpire overruled the field umpire and called Goddard’s runner safe. It allowed the Lady Coyotes to get out of the inning with the lead 14-13 in the first game and change. Roswell would score seven runs the next inning to win the first game 21-13.

“I think all the kids were pressing a little bit the first game,” Sandoval said. “They knew what was at stake. I expect both Valaree Manzanares and Victoria Sandoval to pitch well. Both our pitchers are growing up quickly. I’m proud of both of them. We need some help from Artesia and our fate is in the committee’s hands. I talked to coaches around the state, they feel like we will be able to get in.”

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In the second game, Roswell jumped out to a 3-1 lead and once again the Lady Rockets were plagued by errors. In the third inning Goddard had runners on second and third base and a hitter hit the ball deep in the hole. Roswell shortstop made a throw to first base and the Goddard runner was called out. Goddard coach Katie Shanor went out to question the call and asked the home plate umpire for help. Both umpires conferred, but the call was upheld. With the call, the game was not close as Roswell won the second game, 16-4.

“I asked these girls to give me their all this game, these two games,” Shanor said. “I wanted them to play with as minimal errors as possible. I’m so proud of them that they hit the ball tonight. They hit the ball and made good plays and that’s all I can ask for from them. It has been a learning season for me. I have grown and so have the girls.”

Roswell (9-17, 5-7) has to wait until Sunday when New Mexico Activities Association does the brackets and takes the top 12 teams. If RHS does not make it, it will be the first time since Sandoval has been the coach at Roswell that his team has failed to qualify for state.

Goddard (6-17, 0-12), after starting the season with six wins, failed to win another game all season.