Lady Rams clinch playoff spot

PNT Staff

The Portales High softball team didn’t get the sweep it wanted against District 4-3A rival St. Michael’s, but still clinched a playoff spot thanks to Friday’s split and the district champion Lovington Lady Wildcats.
Portales (8-9, 6-4 district) lost 8-0 in Friday’s opener thanks to a four-hit shutout from Loretta Romero of St. Michael’s, but rallied for a 9-4 win in the nightcap.
St. Michael’s was knocked out of playoff contention on Saturday, as the Lady Horsemen lost a pair of games (6-0, 2-1) to Lovington.
The Lady Rams batted 15 of 30 in the second game, Portales coach Robbie Crowley said, including a 4-of-4 effort from centerfielder Erica Feliciano. Kassandra Richards went 3-for-3 and Analisa Ortega was 3-for-4.
“The kids could have just laid down, but they came back really fired up,” Crowley said. “They knew the importance of that game.”
Portales will be idle until Friday, when it hosts Lovington in the regular season finale for both teams. The doubleheader is set for 4 p.m. at City Softball Park.
The games will have no bearing on overall standings, but a win or a sweep over the top-ranked Lady Wildcats wouldn’t hurt.
“The goal has been to beat Lovington,” Crowley said. “We’re going to play to win, definitely. They can relax and play and have some fun.”