By Eric Norwood Jr.
CMI staff writer
The Portales Rams started the 2014 baseball season on a dominant note, beating Santa Fe Indian School by two 10-0 mercy-rule victories on Tuesday at Ram Field.
Junior outfielder Darin Bonem went 4-for-6 with nine runs batted in over the two games, while sophomore pitchers Grant Wagner and Draven Saiz each tossed two-hit shutouts for the Rams.
“Our pitchers really did great,” said coach Dusty Nusser, a longtime PHS assistant who moved up to head coach this season. “Draven was a spot start because one of our guys was sick, and he and Grant both did really well for us.”
Both games were called after five innings.
SFIS had more errors than hits during the twin bill, committing seven errors while notching only four hits.
Bonem knocked the life out of SFIS in Game 2 by hitting three-run home runs in the first and second innings. After a four-run fourth made it 10-0, SFIS couldn’t score in the top of the fifth to end it.
It was a solid start for Nusser who, with the exception of one year (2007) he spent coaching at Bloomfield, has been involved in the with the Rams’ program as a coach or player since 1997.
“Yeah, any time you can win a couple of games to open the season, it is good for the program,” he said. “They (the players) have worked hard all preseason, so I think they came in with a chip on their shoulder.”
The Rams are at home again Saturday with an 11 a.m. doubleheader against Capitan. PHS swept the Tigers last season at Capitan.