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Lady Rockets’ hot bats give them a pair of victories

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Goddard opened the season on the road at Clovis. The Lady Rockets were unfazed as they scored 23 runs over five innings to mercy-rule Clovis. Ericca Cannon had three hits and knocked in five RBIs, as they defeated Clovis 23-10 in five innings. In the circle, Valeria Manzanares pitched strong in her first outing of the year. She surrendered 10 runs over five innings.

Goddard moved to 1-0 on the season.

“We all just hit the ball really well the first game,” coach Jessica Zamora said. “We jumped on them the first inning scoring six runs. It’s been over a year since we played and they were pumped since we played. All of the preparations we’ve been doing since September.”

In the second game of the doubleheader, Goddard defeated Clovis 14-10 on Saturday after taking the lead late in the game. The game was tied at nine with the Lady Rockets batting in the top of the seventh when Alyssa Linares doubled on a 1-0 pitch to score one run.

Kadence Ray powered Goddard to victory by driving in four runs. Ray went 3-for-5 at the plate. She drove in runs on a double in the third, a double in the sixth, and a single in the seventh.

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“Kadence is a great kid,” Zamora said. “She came out ready to play. She’s very clutch when the pressure on.”

Goddard (2-0) put up eight runs in the third inning. The Lady Rockets had Yadi Arellanes, Ray, Linares, Krishawna Casaus, and Juliet Hernandez all driving in runs. Goddard had 21 hits in the game with Cannon, Hernandez, Ray, Annika Roybal, Presleigh Dultra Arellanes, and Linares all having mulitple hits. Cannon was sizzling hot in the game going 4-for-5 at the plate and stealing two bases on the day. The team stole eight in the game.

“Ericca was awesome today as well,” Zamora said. “All of these girls came out ready to play. We were down two runs, but we pulled ourselves together and put up eight runs on them in the third inning.”

Ericca Cannon started the game going four innings, allowing 11 hits and nine runs while striking out four batters.

Valaree Manzanares came on in relief allowing three hits and one run to score while striking out one.

“It is a rivalry game,” Zamora said. “I’m here to make a statement about Goddard softball. We’re here and we want to make a statement in the program. I look forward to the challenge against a former teammate, Rebecca Marrujo.”

Goddard plays at Roswell at 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

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

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