By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer
The Lady Rams battled the Ruidoso Warriors and an angry southeastern New Mexico wind Tuesday afternoon at the Portales softball field and whipped them both.
Senior second baseman Amanda Terry went a combined 7-of-8 from the plate in the District 4-3A opening doubleheader leading the Portales offense to a total of 28 runs, beating Ruidoso in the first game 12-2 and 16-2 in the second game.
“(The first game was) definitely a fun game,” Lady Ram head coach Robbie Crowley said. “I think that’s what we’ve been missing all year. We haven’t come out and had fun, and this was fun.”
Both pitchers had a tough time keeping their balance on the mound in the high winds, but Portales senior pitcher Sasha Parker was dominant, striking out 10 Lady Warriors and allowing two runs on just three hits while walking three.
Parker views the severe wind as a mind-over-matter part of the game.
“I felt pretty good,” Parker said. “I think (the wind) is more of a mind thing. If you don’t think about it, it’s not such a big deal.”
“She threw well,” Crowley said. “I’m really proud of her trying to cut the walks down, I think she did that today. She was selective about who she threw to, (Ruidoso) definitely has some kids that can hit the ball. And you don’t want to throw it down the middle, and she did a great job of keeping it out of the zone.”
While the Ruidoso girls had trouble finding their offense against Parker, the Portales bats were able to slice through the breeze with ease.
After a one-run first inning, the Lady Rams scored four runs in the fourth inning. Portales plated two runs in the third, one run in the fifth, before closing the game out with a four-run sixth inning.
Terry went 4-for-4 with a triple, while junior Vicki Huber went 2-for-4 from the plate, and Danielle Vasquez also went 2-for-4 in the batters box, slapping two triples and bringing home two runs.
Senior Shareesa Nusser pitched the night-cap for the Lady Rams, allowing one earned run on one hit in five innings.
Portales (6-6, 2-0) scored all 16 of their second-game runs in the first three innings, posting nine runs in the first inning.
“We’ve been working on hitting, hitting and hitting because that’s our weakness,” Crowley said. “We don’t have a feeder program that develops that hitting so that’s our weakness.”