Portales tennis and baseball fare well

ROSWELL— Portales split a District 4-3A doubleheader at New Mexico Military Institute Tuesday evening losing the first game 6-5, but doubling up the Colts in the night-cap 10-5. The Rams (6-5, 2-2) continue their district schedule Saturday in Dexter.

PORTALES— Despite extremely heavy winds, the Portales Lady Rams defeated Goddard Tuesday at the Portales tennis courts. Portales won four of six singles matches, led by number one Ella Erf’s 6-1, 6-2 victory. The Lady Rams also won two of three doubles matches.

“The wind was a factor,” Lady Ram head coach Michelle Wallis. “But it was a factor on both sides of the net, for both teams. We just had to make our shorts a little bit shorter and our serves, we had to bring down our toss a little bit.”

In fact, Wallis said junior Bethany Self’s serve toss is so high, she had to serve under-hand.

“Her serve is so long and tall that the wind was just taking it,” Wallis said.
The boys took three of six singles matches highlighted by senior Skyler Partin’s 6-3-6-4 victory.

“Goddard’s consistently a real good program in 4A,” Ram head tennis coach Wade Fraze said. “I would have liked to have done better but we did OK.”

Thursday, the Portales girls travel to the Northern New Mexico tournament in Las Vegas, while both the boys and girls travel to Clovis April 19.