SILVER CITY — Cobre opened a 6-0 lead with a four-run third and the Indians went on to beat Portales High 10-4 Thursday in the first round of Silver High’s Fighting Colt Invitational baseball tournament.
The Rams (6-1) take on El Paso Cathedral, a 3-1 loser on Thursday to Douglas, Ariz., in a 12:30 p.m. consolation semifinal today. The eight-team tournament ends on Saturday.
Mario Salazar took the pitching loss for Portales, giving up eight runs in 4 1/3 innings. The Rams were hurt by five errors in the field.
Senior Tyler Rutherford got PHS on the board in the top of the fourth with a two-run single, but Cobre responded with three runs in the bottom of the inning.
Justin Gilchrist’s two-run homer in the top of the seventh accounted for the rest of the Rams’ scoring.
Rutherford and Eric Ornelas both went 2-for-4 for PHS.
Hobbs Black 8, Dora 5 — At Eunice, the Coyotes went down to a season-opening defeat in the first round of the Cardinal Invite.
Freshman designated hitter Hector Fierro hit a two-run single in Dora’s three-run first, but Hobbs Black opened a 7-3 lead with two-run innings in the second, fourth and fifth.
Fierro, who went 3-for-3 with a walk, drove in another run with a single in Dora’s two-run sixth.
Coach Ty Thatcher said the Coyotes played with less than a full squad due to an FFA district judging competition going on at Eastern New Mexico University.
“We were a little shorthanded,” he said. “We were without two probable starters.”
The Coyotes will take on the Carlsbad junior varsity in a consolation semifinal game set for 10:30 a.m. today.
Dexter 10, Elida 9 — At Dexter, Elida nearly spoiled things for the home team on the first day of its tournament, but the Demons rallied for four runs in the bottom of the sixth to erase an 8-6 deficit.
Freshman Wesley Gilmore pitched five innings for the Tigers (1-1), who meet Roswell Valley Christian in a 1 p.m. consolation semifinal game today.
Tom Sullivan went 3-for-5 and drove in five runs for Elida. Thomas West hit a two-run triple and went 4-for-4, while Dylan Radcliff was 3-for-4