Senior Night for Roswell senior baseball players: Drew Graham and Tarren Burrola didn’t go as they had planned. Not because of a lack of effort but because of bad fielding and timely hitting by Carlsbad Cavemen.
“Just having fun out here,” Tarren Burrola said. “Just to be out here with the guys and the coaches, it’s great and I try to have fun. I will miss playing with my brother the most, because it will probably be our last time playing together on the same team.”
Former Goddard coach Alan Edmonson, now the coach of Carlsbad seems to have the Coyotes’ number. The Cavemen fell behind 2-0 in the first inning, and came back to score four runs in the second inning en route to a 14-2 run-ruled game Friday at Joe Bauman Stadium.
“We’re where we want to be and that’s healthy,” Edmonson said. “We did a little bit of everything against Roswell. Whatever it takes to get it done is how we played, that’s my kind of baseball.”
It looked promising for Roswell as senior starting pitcher Drew Graham retired Carlsbad in order in the first inning. Roswell’s Brady Villegas hit a short chopper to shortstop to lead off the inning and beat the throw to first base.
“This sophomore group has my back in the field,” Graham said. “They are a lot younger than me, Tarren (Burrola) is the only other senior. I hope we can take at least one from Clovis if not three. I love baseball.”
Next up was Rhett Stokes who is hitting .369 on the season with eight RBIs. Stokes hit the first pitch into the gap in dead center field as the ball rolled to the base off the wall. Stokes turned on his jets and landed on third base with a standup triple scoring Villegas from first.
Stokes took a walking lead and easily stole second base. Stokes moved to third base on a pass ball and scored when Taymon Burrola hit the ball to shortstop — and the shortstop threw Burrola out at first base for a fielder’s choice to give Roswell a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning.
Carlsbad’s bats came alive in the second inning when they scored four runs. They also scored four in the third inning and two runs in the fifth inning and really did damage in the sixth inning when they scored six runs to end the game.
Roswell (12-10, 0-5, 5A) is on a five-game losing streak and they are winless in district play. Coming into the game, Roswell was ranked No. 12 according to Max Preps and need to stay in the top 16 to make the playoffs. In the second game of the doubleheader, rain and lightning postponed the game.
“We gave them more opportunities than they needed,” Roswell coach Tyrell Curtis said. “I have been trying to stop this five-game losing streak. When you play with the big boys, you have to play well and right now we are not tying it all together.”
Roswell will play Carlsbad at Joe Bauman Stadium today at 11 a.m.