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Goddard falls to No. 2 Miyamura in quarterfinal

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Goddard’s Bryce Carillo (11) gets a base hit to score a run during Tuesday’s Class 4A quarterfinal game at Gallup against Miyamura. (Alma E. Hernandez Photo/Gallup Independent)

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By J.T. Keith
Roswell Daily Record
and Alan Arthur
Gallup Independent

Coach Gilbert Alvarado navigated his team into position to make the playoffs in his third season at the helm. He squeezed every bit of talent out of a 12-9 team.

Seniors Owen Alsup and Gabe Campos came up big this year and provided leadership to the younger players.

One thing this young team must deal with: Big games. Goddard lost three out of their last four. They couldn’t stop the bleeding as seven errors plagued them in a 6-1 loss to Miyamura in the District 4-5A quarterfinal game on Tuesday.

“I felt like we could have played better,” Alvarado said. “We hit a rough stretch down the end. We started off slow, got better, and then I don’t know if the pressure got to us. The seven errors really sank us.”

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The Rockets had only three hits against the Patriots. Ryan Olsen had an infield single. Bryce Carrillo hit an RBI single to cut the margin to 2-1.

Jon Silva hit a double. Silva’s double came with one out in the fifth inning, but he was left stranded at second base after a groundout and a pop fly out.

Miyamura senior Marc Rios pitched five strong innings, allowing only one run on five hits with one walk. Rios struck out six batters.

“We knew we were going to face Rios on the mound and we knew he was going to be tough,” Alvarado said. “We faced him back in 2018 when he was a freshman and the guy is still throwing just as hard. You can definitely tell he’s more experienced. He’s a tough arm to run into and it’s a bad time for us to play bad.”

It was a season when not many of the pundits expected Goddard to do much. It was all but a wrap when they opened the season losing to Roswell, games they normally have won in the last three years. But Goddard got it together after they beat Carlsbad and haven’t looked back since.

They had senior Alsup step up and pitch a no-hitter in Clovis this season. Both he and Campos took turns making big plays in the field and at the plate.

“I told the team,” Alvarado said, “we have to learn to play in big games. We are a young team and we will be back. Our seniors kept Goddard baseball alive with their tradition and leadership.

“I guarantee that in three years, not one of these younger players won’t look back and understand what those two seniors did by their play and leadership, which they will pass on to the younger players. That’s Goddard baseball.”

Alvarado said that his players are already excited for next season. He told the team to give him this week and next week off, and he will be ready to join them in the weight room. Though Alvarado and the seniors are disappointed in the way the last three games turned out, he is happy to gain so much experience for his young team.

Goddard will go into next season with heavy expectations. With the amount of baseball they have played and the number of pressure games they have played in, look for the Rockets to eye a return to the Blue Trophy game.

“I can’t say enough about our team,” Alvarado said. “They have grown up right before my eyes. They are not young anymore, they are a veteran team. I’m going to expect more from them and they should expect to win and expect more from each other because we are Goddard baseball and there is a standard.”