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Rivalry was worth the price of admission

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Roswell’s Victoria Sandoval (13) receives the throw at home plate as Goddard’s Alexis Ramirez (8) slides in during Tuesday’s doubleheader. Ramirez scored on the play as Sandoval was not able to hold onto the ball. (David Rocha Photo)

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Both Goddard and Roswell had waited over 16 months for this day to come. Finally, it was a typical New Mexico day, windy and chilly, but perfect for softball. In the inaugural Sandoval Bowl, the focus pregame was on former Roswell coach Art Sandoval, who had coached Roswell head coach Rebecca Marrujo and Goddard coach Jessica Zamora.

A Goddard batter tries to avoid a Roswell pitch. (Steve Notz Photo)

It didn’t take long for the focus to get back to the rivalry, and the kids themselves. Goddard took advantage of Roswell’s errors in the first inning to jump to a 3-0 lead. The lead would be more than enough to give Valaree Manzanares the win, as she pitched seven strong innings, giving up eight runs on 11 hits while striking out three in a 12-8 win at Roswell softball complex.

Roswell managed to get it together and come back to tie the game in the third. The Lady Coyotes’ Mireya Grajeda and Leah Sanchez each had an RBI to tie the game. Goddard would score one run in the fourth inning to take a 4-3 lead.

The death knell for Roswell was when the Lady Rockets put up eight runs in the fifth inning. Goddard received doubles by Alyssa Linares, Kiara Ramirez, Alexis Ramirez and Presleigh Dutra. Sanchez pitched well for Roswell, going seven innings, allowing 12 runs on nine hits over five innings. She would strike out four batters.

Goddard collected 11 hits in the first game, with multiple hits by Kaydence Ray, who went 3-for-4 at the plate, while other Rockets’ Dutra, Linares, and Ramires had multiple hits. On the base paths the Rockets were wearing them out with four players stealing four bases. The team stole 15 during the game. Dutra had four.

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Roswell’s Talyssa Espinoza and Alyana Tarin each had multiple hits. The Lady Coyotes had 11 hits in the game. One keynote was that their defense was very good, they didn’t commit an error in the game.

Comeback and extra innings fill opening day

Roswell and Goddard couldn’t settle things during seven innings, so they had to go to extra innings. Not only did the visiting Lady Rockets take advantage of it, but they stressed Roswell as they scored three runs to win the second game of the doubleheader 10-7 Tuesday night at the Roswell Soccer Complex.

In the second inning, the Goddard offense was started by a Juliet Hernandez hit into a sacrifice, scoring a runner from third base.

Roswell trailed 1-0 until the third inning when they scored three runs, with Mireya Grajeda and Leah Sanchez knocking in RBIs as Roswell led 3-1.

Goddard (4-0) trailed 6-3 in the sixth inning when second baseman Dutra laced a three-run triple between the right field gap, scoring three runs and tying the game at 6-6.

Both teams tied the game in the seventh inning, forcing extra innings.

The game was tied with Goddard batting in the top of the eighth inning when Alexis Sandoval doubled on an 0-1 pitch to score one run.

Ericca Cannon earned the win for the Lady Rockets. She gave up 12 hits over eight innings while striking out 10 batters.

Goddard’s Yadi Arellanes, Dutra, Linares and Alexis Sandoval had multiple hits. The Lady Rockets were aggressive on the base paths, stealing eight bags during the game.

Roswell’s Victoria Sandoval took the loss for Roswell, allowing nine runs on 13 hits while striking out eight Lady Rockets.

Roswell (0-2) had 12 hits in the game. Sarai Morales was perfect on the day, going 5-for-5, and stole three bases. Talyssa Espinoza and Maria Aragon also had multiple hits for Roswell. Roswell had three players steal two bases during the game.

Goddard will play a doubleheader at home on May 18. They opened the season in Clovis, beating them 23-10 and 14-10, on May 8. Goddard will have to defend against overconfidence.

Roswell’s road won’t get any easier — they face Rylee Crandall. Crandall is a Baylor commit, and Artesia is the 2018-19 defending 5A state champion. Artesia is 5-0 on the young season.

Goddard will play Clovis on May 18 at 4:30 and 6:30 p.m., at home.

Roswell will play at Artesia Friday at 6:30 p.m.

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

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