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Goddard mercy rules Portales in doubleheader by identical score

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A Goddard pitcher throws the ball during Saturday’s doubleheader against Portales. (Steve Notz Photo)

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The Goddard Rockets doubled up the Portales Rams by identical 10-0 mercy rule scores Saturday at the Launch Pad. But the most important outcome will be decided on Monday afternoon when both teams finish their three-game series.

The first game of the series was postponed by a thunderstorm Friday night with Goddard leading Portales, 3-2 heading into the Portales fifth inning.

The reason this game is significant is because of the current district standings. The Artesia Bulldogs are in first place at 6-0 after sweeping a three-game set against Lovington. If the Rockets win on Monday, they too will be 6-0.

Goddard will travel to Artesia for a three-game series beginning Friday, the winner takes the district title. So a lot is at stake on Monday.

“I can’t stress enough to the team how important it is to finish that game with a win,” said Rockets coach Gilbert Alvarado.

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The Rockets will have their ace Drew Price on the mound on Monday, Price was in a groove when the game was postponed on Friday with Goddard leading 3-2. Alvarado stated that he hates to make up games like that.

“I do,” Alvarado said. “Especially with pitchers. They get used to and get comfortable in patterns. In preparation for a start, on a particular day, now they know they’ll just play catch, another day, they’ll throw live in the bullpen. This way they’ll be mentally prepared to pitch when we need them to start.”

In Friday’s game, Price tossed 60 pitches, he’ll be on two-day rest. Alvarado will treat Monday’s game as a bullpen session.

The Rams (9-12, 0-5) weren’t much of a threat in the final game on Saturday, Eli Fairbanks was a beast in the pitching zone. He gave up three hits in the game, all meekly hit singles. There were only a couple of occasions that Portales got a baserunner to third base — that’s how dominant he was.

About the only drama in either game was in game one. A Portales player experienced a minor heat stroke. A Portales coach raced into the Goddard dugout asking for ice for his player.

The Rockets who had their athletic trainer at the game raced over to the Portales dugout and aided in cooling off their pitcher Isaiah Saiz. “I am glad he was OK,” said Alvarado. “The heat wears you out, even if you’re drinking a lot of water.”

Saiz did pitch late in game two when the Rockets were putting the finishing touches on their 17th win of the season.

In that game, Mason Sonive scored the Rockets’ first run in their half of the second inning — Goddard also left the bases loaded. Goddard added another run in the third and then opened the scoring floodgates in the fourth inning, where the Rams were their worst enemy.

The inning began with a walk to Coltin Sons, Trotter Boston was then hit by a pitch, and a bunt single by Sean Henry loaded the bases. Noah Nunez then delivered with a single to bring in two runs and the Rockets led 4-0.

With runners at second and third, and no outs, Ty Villareal grounded to third to bring in another run, however, he was thrown out at first, but the runner at second raced to the third base bag where Price drove him in with a sacrifice fly and a 6-0 lead.

The lefty Fairbanks retired the Rams for a one, two, three inning in their half of the sixth.

The Rockets scored three more runs in their half of the fifth inning for a 9-0 lead and finished off Portales with a run in the six for a 10-0 win.

In the first game of the doubleheader, Goddard pitcher Ty Villarreal set down the Rams in order in the first two innings. After giving up a single in the third inning, Villareal strikes out two Rams and set them down in order again in the fourth and fifth innings.

Goddard produced again at the plate to mercy rule the Rams for a 10-0 win.

Portales returns to the Launch Pad at 4 p.m. Monday to resume game one in the top of the fifth inning with Goddard leading, 3-2.