ROSWELL — Ivan Morales scored on a Reid Marley squeeze bunt with one out in the eighth inning, giving the New Mexico Military Institute Colts a 14-13 win in the nightcap of Tuesday’s District 4-3A baseball doubleheader.
Portales (15-7, 7-3) won the first game 5-3, and is still in position to win the district with a sweep at Lovington (14-7-1, 7-1) Saturday.
A sweep would create a tie atop the standings, and Portales would win the district by virtue of a 3-1 record in head-to-head games. The Rams and Wildcats split a doubleheader April 20 at Portales.
“It’s still in our hands,” Portales coach Greg Hill said.
The Colts stayed alive in the playoff race, as they took advantage of two Portales errors and scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh.
“(Seth) Clabaugh pitched a great game (in the opener), and we just made errors in the first two innings,” NMMI coach Charlie Ward said. “ Everybody wants a sweep, but we didn’t get it. We’ll find out about the protest Wednesday, we’ll go from there.”
It was a matter of not finishing off the Colts, just like two weeks before when the teams split at Portales.
“I probably made some bad moves, but it seems like we couldn’t finish the ballgame,” Hill said. “They scored nine unanswered runs on us. We got complacent, felt comfortable. Somehow, we’ve got to get out of that comfort zone.”
The Colts are protesting a Saturday game against Lovington regarding a disallowed home run. The Colts and Wildcats play Tuesday in a make-up doubleheader.
Boys golf wins in Hobbs
HOBBS — The Portales High boys golf team had its four top players post under 80, and edged the host Eagles by four strokes to win Tuesday’s Hobbs Invitational at Octillo Golf Course.
Dale Welch shot 72 to lead Portales and take second overall in the competition. The Rams shot a state-qualifying 304, four strokes better than both Hobbs and Carlsbad.
Matt Parkey shot 76, Kevin Welch 77, and Chris Adkins 79 for Portales. Trevor Ferguson shot an 81, but was not included in the team score.
Boys coach Greg Poynor could not be reached for comment.
Meanwhile, the Lady Rams finished fourth in the tournament with a team score of 370. Portales coach Brenda Gomez felt finishing in first would have been a longshot for the Lady Rams — Goddard shot 329 to win the tournament — but was satisfied with the score.
“It was good. People got better,” Gomez said. “We’re going to depend a lot on our (No.) 2, 3, and 4 people. As long as they keep improving, it will take pressure off Cassidy (Merrick). If we shoot that score and eliminate maybe five or six shots, we could get a trophy at state. I think that’s a good score for us.”
Merrick and Roni Gomez each shot 88 to lead Portales, while Michelle Miller shot 96 and Oma Creighton 98.