The Goddard Rockets won their own invitational baseball tournament with a 13-0 win over crosstown rival Roswell High Saturday night at the Launch Pad. Senior Drew Price followed up Ty Villareal’s one-hitter on Friday with a one-hit gem of his own.
The Coyotes are much improved at 4-2 on the young season, but they went up against a 7-2 Goddard team that is hungry to get back to state playoffs after being runner-ups last season.
And the Coyotes were the hunted instead of the predator Saturday night. The New Mexico State Legislature voted in this just completed 60-day session to outlaw Coyote hunting on BLM land, but it said nothing about hunting them on a baseball diamond.
And Price was throwing BBs at them, striking out 12 Coyotes. The only trouble that Price ran into was in the Roswell third inning where AJ Palomino got Roswell’s only hit, a single, to centerfield.
But that was understandable, Price had to wait through a Goddard second inning in which they scored 11 runs in that inning that lasted 49 minutes.
“Sometimes you can’t help it. We took advantage of what they gave us,” Price said.
Price’s pitching performance was incredible, his fastball was overwhelming and he was a monster on the corners — can anybody say Frankenstein.
Overall, Goddard outscored their opponents, 30-1 in three games, and sent a message to the rest of 4A.