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Goddard game against Portales postponed with 3-2 lead

Members of the Goddard baseball team celebrate during a game against Carlsbad earlier this month. (Dawn Scott File Photo)

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About the only other thing quieting the Goddard Rockets’ bats other than the thunderstorm at the Launch Pad Friday night was Portales pitcher Chandon Neece. The game was postponed as it entered Portales’ fifth inning with the Rockets leading, 3-2.

But it was bolts of lightning reported in a 7-mile zone range that initially stopped the game as the Goddard fourth inning came to an end.

The officials stopped the game and ordered a 45-minute delay, but as the time delay came close to expiring, the rains came slowly, followed by heavy raindrops and then the deluge. Umpires officially postponed the contest.

That might have been a good sign for the Rockets (15-5, 3-0), who were struggling at the plate.

Neece used a good combination of his fastball and off-speed pitches. It was those tosses that kept the Goddard hitters at bay.

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“We just couldn’t put hits back to back,” said Rockets coach Gilbert Alvarado. I felt that if we could have, it might have opened the scoring flood gates.”

Portales, (9-10, 0-3) took an early 2-0 first-inning lead. The Rockets threatened to tie the game in their half of the first when Portales committed back-to-back errors, followed with a walk, and Goddard was in business with the bases loaded.

But Neece beared down. He struck out the next Goddard batter, then a grounder to the Portales third baseman threw to the plate for the force and the second out, and a grounder at second forced the third out and Neece was out of the jam.

However, Goddard pitcher Drew Price was not to be overshadowed. After Portales went ahead 2-0 in the first, Price was like a vice grip on the Rams’ hitters. 

He went on to strike out the side in the first, also in the second inning, and only a fly out to begin the Rams’ third inning broke the streak of six consecutive strikeouts.

Price was not through though, in Portales’ fourth, he struck out the side again. His fastball was just overpowering the Portales’ sluggers. 

Neece, however, was not giving up an inch either. He did give up three runs to the Rockets in the second inning and Goddard took a 3-2 lead. But after that, Goddard sent only four batters to the plate in the third inning and shut down Goddard in the fourth.

Opponents are learning though, if you have the Rockets down, you better keep them there. After leaving the bases loaded in their half of the first, Goddard was going to let another golden opportunity get away from them.

In the second inning, the Rockets were just as lucky as they are good. After a walk, and a passed ball followed by muffed run down, Goddard had tied the game at two. Then Owen Alsup came to the plate with a runner in scoring position.

Alsup punched a single into center field and the Rockets had the lead for the first time. 

Alvarado reports that the game will continue at 4 p.m. on Monday with Portales up to bat in their half of the fifth inning.

A double header is tentatively scheduled for today at noon, and 2 p.m. at the Launch Pad. Alvarado will check on the field early this morning and depending on its condition, the double header times will remain the same. If not, the game times will move to 1 and 3 p.m.