Crosstown rival sibling the Roswell Lady Coyotes did not overwhelm their sisters from the north side as they did a week ago, sweeping both games and allowing only one run while scoring 28 runs. Tuesday at Roswell was a different story.
The Lady Coyotes (10-3) did sweep both games, 12-4 in game one and 14-6 in game two on Senior Night. Seniors Auroa Vega, Cayla Chavez and Mikenzie Patterson were recognized for their dedication to the program.
“They knew it was the final time they would be playing Goddard in their high school careers,” said Roswell coach Art Sandoval. They will always be a part of the Coyote family — they have left a legacy for others to follow.”
On the other hand, the Lady Rockets (3-10) were not going to be humiliated like they were at home last Tuesday. “We didn’t win, but our girls hung in there. Both games went the distance, tonight, they fought hard and they can be proud of themselves for that,” said Goddard coach Katie Shanor.
Though they lost in the nightcap, 14-6, Goddard would not relent as they got behind in the game, 3-0. The Lady Coyotes used a double, single to plate those three runs. The big hit coming off the bat of Chavez — who drilled a double that brought in two runs in the first inning.
In the second inning, they put together a combination of two singles and two Goddard miscues for a 6-0 lead.
The Lady Rockets were not going to toss in the towel. “I told them we will have our moments in this game and when we do, we need to take advantage of them,” Shanor said.
And the Lady Rockets did just that they — chipped away at the Roswell lead and got to within two runs, 6-4. “They got some momentum, Goddard slowly but surely will become an elite program,” Sandoval said.
But not Tuesday — the Lady Coyotes met the challenge and posted a five spot in their half of the third inning for an 11-4 lead. Goddard did add two more runs but it just wasn’t enough.
Sandoval, however, was more impressed with the way his squad played in game one. “We came out swinging the bats, they jumped out to a 1-0 lead, and broke the game wide open in their half of the third sending 10 batters to the plate.”
In the inning, they had two doubles, a batter was hit and they used two costly Goddard errors to lead 6-1, and cruised the rest of the way for a 12-4 win.
The non-conference schedule is over for both teams as they enter their respective district schedules next week.
“At our next practice, we are going to focus on our next journey,” Sandoval said. “I am going to share with them what it takes to overcome adversity and persevere. I believe we have the team that can do that. Everyone has contributed to the success of this team, we are going to take it to the next level,” he added.
What Sandoval is talking about is winning district — that means facing district foes, Carlsbad, Clovis and Hobbs, and knocking them off one by one, in a district considered to be one of the toughest in the state.
The journey to the district crown begins April 16 when they travel to Hobbs for a double-header.