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Roswell’s Rebecca Marrujo earns first win of career

Roswell’s Talyssa Espinoza (1) bunts for a base hit during a home game against Goddard on May 11. (Daily Record File Photo)

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For Goddard, it was role reversal. On May 11, to open their season, traveling across town to take on rival Roswell. What Goddard did was leave fans for both teams with their mouths open. Goddard swept Roswell in a doubleheader, 10-7 in extra-innings and 12-8.

Roswell would have to wait 14 days to get revenge. Roswell celebrated Senior Day with Goddard and as the 91-degree heat beat down on both teams, Roswell’s bats hit Goddard pitching. Roswell’s defense was everywhere the Lady Rockets hit the ball.

For Goddard seniors Kiara Ramirez, Presleigh Dutra, Alexis Ramirez and Valaree Manzanares, there will be better days. This bad day lasted for both games as Goddard lost 16-2 in the first game and 16-5 in the second game.

In the first game, Roswell scored on a single by Victoria Sandoval and a triple by Maria Aragon in the first inning. Roswell scored six runs in the sixth inning. They were led by Talyssa Espinoza, Mireya Grajeda and Raquel Gonzales as they all drove in runs.

Sandoval was the winning pitcher for the Coyotes. She allowed two runs on six hits while striking out 10 hitters and giving up one walk.

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“Our kids have been working hard,” Coyote coach Rebecca Marrujo said. “We’ve been practicing hard the last two weeks, everything is going together. These kids have been working hard in the cages, defensively. Our first game was the first time we had been together that day.”

Goddard (6-2) had six hits in the game as Alyssa Linares and Ericca Cannon each had two hits in the game. Roswell’s hot bats continued as Gonzales, Sandoval, Grajeda, Sarai Morales and Aragon each had multiple hits.

“Honestly, we were not ready,” Goddard coach Jessica Zamora said. “We came out flat. We had a lack of energy and no communication. We had a great infield today before we started the game. We had great hitting. Honestly, I don’t know. I’m at a loss for words.”

In the second game, Roswell jumped out to a 3-1 lead. What did the Lady Rockets in was a big seven-run inning in the third. It was not so much the hits that Roswell generated but the errors Goddard had to keep the inning alive. Leah Sanchez was stout in the circle in the second game. She held the Lady Rockets to one run until it looked like they would be mercy-ruled.

“I honestly believe,” Zamora said, “our team was a little bit overconfident. We’re walking around thinking we are 6-0, so maybe we don’t have to try that hard. We beat them (Roswell) already. Roswell came out fired up, and I knew that was going to happen. I was expecting that.”

In the bottom of the fifth inning, Alexis Sandoval reached base on an error. Presleigh Dutra singled past first base and the Lady Rockets had runners in scoring position.

Cannon doubled, scoring Sandoval from first base. Alexis Ramirez singled to drive in two runs and make the score 14-4. The Lady Rockets would score another run, and Roswell would score two runs in the top of the sixth inning as they would be mercy-ruled, 16-5.

“We are on to the next game,” Marrujo said. “It doesn’t stop here.”

Roswell (3-5) traveled to Lovington and split a doubleheader. In the first game, the Lady Coyotes lost 14-13. Roswell rebounded in game two and won 7-6. The Lady coyotes will start district play on Tuesday hosting Hobbs in a doubleheader at 5 p.m. Goddard will start district play at home against Lovington at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturday.

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

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