CLOVIS — Texico and Dora got together for the first of quite possibly three matchups Monday — two in the regular season and one in the Class 1A state tournament.
The host Wolverines had most of the better of it in this one, posting a 10-0 win over the Coyotes at Brady Park in a game called in the bottom of the sixth on the 10-run rule.
Senior Joel Maldonado tossed a four-hitter for Texico (8-2), walking three and striking out six. He also went 3-for-3 at the plate, including a pair of doubles.
Meantime, junior Aaron Vaughan gave the Wolverines a 4-0 lead with a two-run double in the third and senior Braden Vaughan added a two-run homer in Texico’s five-run fourth.
Junior Brent Hays had two hits for Dora (4-6), including a double.
The teams are in the driver’s seat in their districts. They meet again later this month at Dora, but are looking beyond that to a possible state quarterfinal matchup in May in Albuquerque.
“We’re starting to come along,” Texico coach Richard Luscombe said. “I thought we hit the ball pretty well in spots.
“One thing I’m really happy with is our defense is playing pretty well.”
With district games coming up later in the week, neither team threw its top pitchers. Junior Tyler Wilhoit took the loss for Dora, working four innings.
Coyotes coach Ty Thatcher said brothers Dan and Ben Massey were unable to play because of other school functions.
“We still had opportunities to score runs in that game,” Thatcher said. “We just didn’t get the hits when we had guys in scoring position.”
Elida 8, Grady 7 — At Grady, the visiting Tigers got three home runs, including a game-winning, two-run shot from freshman Wesley Gilmore with one out in the top of the seventh.
Elida fell behind 5-0 and 7-1 before mounting a comeback.
Senior Dylan Radcliff got the Tigers on the board in the third with a home run. Elida then scored four times in the fifth, two on a home run by Tom Sullivan.
Trenton Chenault reached on a third-strike passed ball leading off the seventh and went all the way to third on a throwing error. Thomas West singled him in, then moved around to third on a stolen base and a groundout before Gilmore’s go-ahead homer.
Sullivan picked up the win, allowing one run over the final three innings in relief of starter Caleb Widner.
San Jon 16, Floyd 2 — The Broncos, beginning a weeklong three-game homestand, stayed with San Jon for a couple of innings before the Coyotes pulled away in a game called after five because of the run rule.
San Jon scored twice in the top of the second, then added five in the third and eight in the fourth. The Broncos got their runs in the bottom of the fourth.
“We started off good the first two innings, but then we let it get away,” Floyd coach Adam Terry said. “We just couldn’t get anything going.”
The Broncos host district rivals Dora on Wednesday and Elida on Friday.