PNT Staff Report
The Portales Lady Rams got back to .500 Tuesday, sweeping a doubleheader against Roswell 5-4, 6-3 at the Portales softball park.
“It feels good,” coach Robbie Crowley said. “With the girls back from basketball it’s good to kind of get a rotation I feel comfortable with.”
In game one, the Lady Rams (4-4) got a win when Sabrina Villanueva scored on a Roswell throwing error in the bottom of the seventh.
Senior Rebekah Gonzales went 2-for-2 in game one.
In the second game, the Lady Rams fell behind, giving up three runs in the first inning, but held the Lady Coyotes scoreless the rest of the way and chipped away at their lead.
“I didn’t see panic,” Crowley said about falling behind early. “We took what they gave us, we waited for the game to come to us instead of just hacking away.”
Portales scored one run in the second, one in the third, then four in the fourth.
Crowley said patience at the plate will be key for her team this season.
“Patience hitting is the biggest thing for us,” she said. “If we can put the ball in play, we’ll battle back.”
Seven Lady Rams notched hits in the second tilt.
Junior pitcher Sasha Parker pitched all 14 innings for Portales.
Considering Parker has pitched both halves of a doubleheader only one other time, Crowley said Roswell’s first inning outburst in the second game Tuesday may have been the result of fatigue.
“Taking that break in-between games then coming back is hard to do,” Crowley said.
Parker struck out seven in the first game.