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Goddard baseball rolls over Taos in Southwest Classic

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The only thing prettier than the Goddard Rockets’ 19-4 win over the Taos Tigers in the first round of the Southwest Baseball Classic at Joe Bauman Stadium Thursday was the Rockets’ pinstripe uniforms.

Those uniforms never got dirty. The Rockets put together a combination of hits in the first inning, batting around once and almost twice, scoring nine runs.

The second inning was almost a carbon copy of the first, but Goddard managed only to score seven runs with a 16-0 lead, and this game was practically over.

“It really was — I would have preferred that we had stayed focused a little longer. You could tell by the third inning they (Rockets) were thinking about the next game. I had to jump on them to stay focused. If that’s the worst thing they did, that’s something that’s correctable,” said second-year Goddard coach Gilbert Alvarado.

The win improves Goddard to 3-1 on the year. The Rockets opened the season at Las Cruces last week at the Field of Dreams Tournament going 2-1, their lone loss, to Mayfield, and beginning on March 14, they will host the Rocket Baseball Invitational, and after that, they will play in two more out-of-town tournaments.

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Alvarado says about tournament play, “I like that fact that we have the chance to sub lots of people in. I like that we are not worried about winning a state championship right now. We get to see our kids play in various positions. Now is the time to figure out who our best nine will be, or the best combination at certain positions, to make sure we go deep in the playoffs,” said Alvarado.

What Alvarado also is encouraged by during the first four games of the season, is good hitting, improving on defense and clutch pitching, which was evident against Taos.

Taos did post up five runs against the Rockets, but even in the first two innings, they virtually went hitless. By the time they got three more hits in the fourth and fifth innings, the Rockets had already done the damage.

Goddard was solid at the plate. In their half of the third inning, already leading 17-1, and with the bases loaded, Noah Nunez stepped to the plate and drilled a double to the left, which left a dent in the aluminum fence and drove in two runs.

“Our at-bats have been great from one through nine,” Alvarado said. “If the kids continue to put the barrel on the ball, it’s a tough line-up to get through. We want to make sure all three facets of the game are improving at the same time during these non-conference games.”

The Rockets were state runner ups last year. Nonetheless, they have a target on their backs this season.

“For sure, everyone (opponents) is using us as their measuring stick, to say we beat Goddard, or we competed with Goddard. That’s part of being successful. We are OK with that. We want teams to give us their best shot, and we’ll give them ours,” Alvarado said.

The Rockets play the winner of Atrisco Heritage Academy and Miyamura High today at 1 p.m. at Joe Bauman Stadium.

The other teams in the tournament are Roswell High and the Goddard JV.