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Roswell comes up short against No. 2 team

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A Roswell baserunner gets to first base before the ball arrives during game one of a doubleheader against Carlsbad on Tuesday. (David Rocha Photo)

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Roswell head coach Art Sandoval knows with youth that growth sometimes is painful as his team was caught on the base paths twice for outs to end an inning-killing rally. As freshmen and sophomores, they won’t make those mistakes next year, but next year is a year away and Roswell needs all the wins they can get this year.

Roswell lost in the first game of a doubleheader, 11-0, but came back to almost win the second game 7-4, after giving up three runs in the seventh inning at Coyote Field Tuesday. Roswell showed what they were made of after trailing 2-0 after two innings.

In the second inning, Jasmine Heisey laced a single up the middle on a line drive. Cayla Chavez walked, runners advanced to second and third on a wild pitch. Karissa Mesquita hit the ball for a single to right field scoring two runs to tie the game.

In the third inning with two outs Jasmine Heisey who went 3-for-3 on the day singled to right field and ended up on second base on the overthrow. McKinze Tarin came up and hit a bullet to the first baseman as the ball bounced off the first baseman’s glove, all the runners were safe with runners on first and third with two out. The next batter up, Chavez hit the ball back up the middle scoring Heisey as Roswell took a 3-2 lead in the third.

Carlsbad would come back to tie the game on a wild pitch and then take the lead on an RBI single up the middle in the top of the fifth inning to give Carlsbad a 4-3 lead. In the bottom of the inning, Roswell came back to tie the score when Heisey singled up the middle scoring Alexa Archuleta from second base to tie the game.

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Tarin gave the Lady Coyotes a chance in the game, but Carlsbad managed to score three runs in the top of the seventh inning and Roswell could not answer in the bottom of the seventh. The loss means that Roswell has to sweep Clovis (5-15, 0-10 5A) in the last two games of the season on Friday.

Roswell (13-10, 3-7, 5A) came into the game ranked No. 15 in a Max Preps poll. The top 16 teams will make it into the state tournament. What could hurt the Lady Coyotes is they lost to Hobbs three times this season but pulled out a walk-off 5-4 win on Monday.

After the game, Sandoval had his players take a knee and told them to keep their heads up and that he was proud of them for taking the No. 2 team in the state down to the wire.

“I think in the second game, our kids played extremely hard,” RHS coach Art Sandoval said. “It was anybody’s ball game. It was tied 4-4 going into the top of the seventh inning. I intentionally walked the No. 3 hitter, because I thought she could hit the ball out. I took a gamble but our kids played extremely hard. They have nothing to hang their heads about, they just hung with the No. 2 team in the state.”

Roswell travels to Clovis for a 5 p.m. game to end their season.

Sports editor J.T. Keith can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 304, or sports@rdrnews.com.

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