By Rick White
CLOVIS — Elida baseball coach Jimmy Dale Ward knows some days he’ll just have to settle for small victories.
Days like Tuesday when Texico routed the Tigers 18-3 in a District 7-1A/2A game at Brady Field.
Overpowered by Texico starter Justin Loven for four innings, the Tigers (1-4, 0-2 district) rallied for three runs in their last at-bat, highlighted by Thomas West’s bases-clearing double to left center.
The rally, which also included freshman Daniel Lee’s first career hit, came against reliever Bryce Bailey.
Lee, playing his first year of organized baseball, singled sharply to right as a pinch-hitter. It was just his second at-bat of the season.
“I was surprised as anyone,” said Lee, who a day earlier was plunked near the left eye when he misjudged a ball playing catch.
Winning by the 10-run rule for the second-straight night, Texico (8-1, 4-0) broke the game open with eight runs in the second and five more in the third.
“We’ve been scoring some runs early and that’s been helping us out lately,” Texico coach Rich Luscombe said. “We only scored one in the first but we came back and got it going in the second.”
Loven, who allowed one hit and struck out eight, was also productive at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a double.
Logan Brown added three hits and Braden Vaughan collected a pair of doubles in Texico’s 16-hit attack against two Elida pitchers.
“We were pretty overmatched today,” Ward said. “In cases like this we just have to keep our heads up and keep going.”