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Roswell looking to make a run in district

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Roswell’s Andrew Sedillo (3) throws a pitch against Goddard on May 18. (Daily Record File Photo)

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Normally in baseball, thievery is on the base paths, but for the Roswell Coyotes, it was their 2020 baseball season. It was their season of promise, a chance for redemption.

They had come so far as freshmen and sophomores and because of the COVID-19 pandemic, they didn’t get a chance to show whether they had learned their lessons. The Coyotes never had a chance to bounce back from their 1-3 start. Their season ended with an 8-3 victory over rival Goddard.

Roswell didn’t get an opportunity to play in the playoffs. This is a team that took their lumps as freshmen and sophomores, teasing their fans with 13 wins. It would be the most they would have in a long time.

The only thing they had to do after beating Clovis, 8-0, at home for their only district win was sweep Clovis at home the next day, a Friday. They could not, and the season wasn’t a total loss, because they had not won 13 games in a long time.

Roswell (6-2) has started this season out strong, winning three of four games over rival Goddard. This season the Coyotes are looking to make the jump from boys to men. To do that and improve on their No. 17 state ranking it is going to take some big wins in district.

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Roswell will have to play some tough games against the No. 2 team in the state, Carlsbad. This team will learn a lot about themselves early — after facing the Cavemen, they take on the No. 5 team in the state, Hobbs.

In order for Roswell to make a serious playoff run with this senior cast, they will have to sweep against Clovis. Clovis has always given the Coyotes trouble on the diamond.

Roswell seems to be ready to make a run. For the first time in a long time, they have a winning record heading into district play. Roswell scorched Portales 14-7 behind the arm of Taymon Burrola.

This season Roswell is deep on the hill. They have starting pitching with Burrola, Andrew Sedillo, Brady Villegas and Cheeto Lomeli; long reliever and closer, John Anchando and Savino Lazos. Roswell has speed on the base paths, stealing five bases against the Rams.

The Coyotes have players that can hit the long ball. Everyone knows about New Mexico Military Institute signee Rhett Stokes and his ability to cover ground in the field. Often his bat is overlooked as he went yard against the Rams.

Roswell’s seniors have come of age, with a power surge from Hunter Myers-Palma. He hit two homers against Portales. Adding power are Brady Villegas and Raul Guzman, along with Cheeto Lomeli. All those hitters have hit the ball hard this season.

Roswell is in a tough District 4-5A with Hobbs, Clovis and Carlsbad. They could be a better team and still not make the playoffs. With only eight teams making the playoffs, they will have to win district to give themselves any certainty. Only the district winners and two at-large teams will be selected.

“You leave it up to the committee,” Roswell coach Tyrell Curtis said, “if you don’t win your district. Instead of playing each team three times, now we play them four times. Twice at home and twice on the road.”

Roswell will travel to Hobbs Tuesday in a doubleheader.

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

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