Lady Rams take fifth-place game

PNT Staff

DEXTER — Sophomores Shareesa Nusser and Sasha Parker combined on a five-inning no-hitter and the Portales Lady Rams routed Eunice 11-0 on Saturday to take fifth place in Dexter’s eight-team Lindsey Callaway tournament.
Portales (7-4) posted its second consecutive shutout win, having beaten District 4-3A rival Ruidoso 8-0 in Friday’s consolation semifinals.
Nusser pitched four innings on Saturday, striking out 11 and walking four, while Parker fanned two hitters in a 1-2-3 fifth. Both made the all-tournament team.
The game was called after five on the run rule.
The Lady Rams broke a scoreless tie with a four-run fourth keyed by a two-run double from Danielle Vasquez. She finished 2-for-2 and also had an RBI with a single in during seven-run fifth.
Senior Adriana Romero went 2-for-3 and hit a two-run single in the fifth.
On Friday, Parker allowed only a fourth-inning single and Portales rode a five-run first to victory. She walked four and struck out nine.
Sabrina Villaneuva went 3-for-4 and drove in three runs, including two on a single in the sixth that ended the game on the eight-run rule. Parker went 2-for-2 and Romero, Sara Silva and Santana Brito were all 2-for-3 for Portales, which finished with 14 hits.

Levelland knocks off Rams — At Levelland, Texas, the host Lobos kept Portales High’s baseball team reeling Friday night with an 8-2 victory over the Rams.
Portales (6-6) lost its sixth in a row after a 6-0 start. The Rams’ home doubleheader on Saturday was postponed due to inclement weather.
PHS coach Arturo Ontiveros said Saturday he hopes to reschedule the games with Robertson some time this week. The Rams are not scheduled to play again until hosting a doubleheader against Ruidoso on April 9 in their District 4-3A opener.
Junior Justin Gilchrist took the loss for Portales against the Lobos, allowing six hits in 5 1/3 innings. Lawrence Gamble relieved Gilchrist and got an inning-ending double play against the only batter he faced.
Gilchrist allowed six hits with five walks — four in the first inning — and six strikeouts. The Rams were guilty of four errors in the field.
Gilchrist walked the bases loaded in the first and then gave up a three-run double. His two-run homer in the fourth, following a single by Sammy Hightower, pulled the Rams to 3-2 before Levelland pulled away with one in the fourth, one in the fifth and three in the sixth.
“We’re starting to swing (the bats) a little better,” Ontiveros said. “We’re making some errors in costly situations, but I think the kids are starting to see we can compete with teams.”
Jacob Lopez went 2-for-3 for Portales, which finished with five hits.

Elida handed pair of losses — At San Jon, the Tigers lost to San Jon 13-6 and to Grady 10-1 on Friday in a baseball tournament hosted by the Coyotes before Elida’s Saturday finale against Tucumcari was rained out.
The Tigers (1-7) led 6-4 after four innings, but committed five errors over the final two frames as the Coyotes rallied back to win. Wesley Gilmore pitched four innings for Elida with Tom Sullivan taking over in the fifth.
Gilmore and Sullivan both went 2-for-4 with two RBIs for Elida. Gilmore hit a two-run doubles while Sullivan had a pair of run-scoring singles.
In the second game, called in the fifth because of rain, Dylan Radcliff tripled and scored on Gilmore’s sacrifice fly in the top of the first. But Elida, which beat Grady 9-4 in its season opener, managed only two more hits — singles by Sullivan and Cade Cathey — as the Bronchos wrested control.