By Dave Wagner, Freedom Newspapers
CLOVIS — Reyes Chavez pitched a five-inning no-hitter and got home run support from Will Murdock and Reyes Chavez Tuesday night as Roosevelt County beat Quay County 10-0 in an elimination game of the District 3 Little League 11-12 year old tournament at Dickenson Field.
Chavez recorded nine strikeouts and allowed only one baserunner — a hit batsman, Ralph Lopez, with one out in the third. The game ended on the 10-run rule on Murdock’s RBI single in the bottom of the fifth.
“We just didn’t hit the ball,” Quay manager Daniel Lee said.
Roosevelt County returns to action Thursday with a 7 p.m. game against Zia at Rotary Park. If Roosevelt wins, the teams would meet again on Saturday at Beachum Park, Zia’s home field, in Clovis.
“We brought our sticks again tonight,” said Roosevelt manager Donny Martinez, whose team collected nine hits in the game.
Murdock, who went 3-for-4, led off the bottom of the first with a home run to left. Two walks, an infield out and an error produced two more runs in the inning.
In the third, Ryan Schmidt led off with a single and rode home on Reyes Calbert’s two-run homer to center. Roosevelt added runs on a wild pitch and an RBI single by James Gomez in the inning for a 7-0 lead.
With two outs in the fourth, an infield hit and a walk set up a two-run double by Chavez.
Martinez said Chavez is actually his team’s No. 3 pitcher.
“We’ve got a good stable of pitchers,” Martinez said. “(Chavez) throws strikes and he’s got some head. He’s been like that throughout the season, but he’s got some good fielders to pick him up.”
After beating American in its tournament opener, Quay bowed out with two consecutive losses.
“It’s just the way it goes,” Lee said. “We had an awesome team. I don’t know if they just froze up or what.”