Wolverines top Rams

Staff report
TEXICO — The Texico Wolverines took an early lead this time and maintained it, avenging their only loss of the season.

Jonah Walls hit a two-run double in the first inning and senior left-hander Jarron Hill struck out 14 in a complete-game performance as Texico defeated the Portales Rams 7-3 on Monday night.

Texico (19-1) suffered its only loss at Portales 14-4 on April 17 after jumping out to a three-run lead in the first.

This time, Hill held the Rams (12-12) in check, allowing only four hits and one earned run.

Staff photo: Joshua Lucero Texico senior John Myers slides in safely with a triple as Portales third baseman Grant Wagner awaits the relay during Monday night’s game at Texico. Myers went 3-for-4 and drove in two runs to help the Wolverines beat the Rams 7-3.

Staff photo: Joshua Lucero
Texico senior John Myers slides in safely with a triple as Portales third baseman Grant Wagner awaits the relay during Monday night’s game at Texico. Myers went 3-for-4 and drove in two runs to help the Wolverines beat the Rams 7-3.

“The Hill kid is a quality pitcher,” Rams coach Dusty Nusser said. “Against a pitcher like that, you’ve got to be able to foul off his (good) pitches to run his pitch count up.”

The Rams were coming off a pair of devastating District 4-3A losses at Ruidoso on Saturday, including one in which they saw a 10-1 lead get away when the Warriors scored 12 times in the fifth.

Nusser said he didn’t think that had much effect on Monday’s game.

“Tonight, I think we just ran into a pretty good pitcher,” he said. “Saturday, there were a few things that led to those losses.”

Texico coach Ty Thatcher said that with Hill on top of his game, getting an early lead was important.

“We had a timely hit out of Jonah Walls early,” he said. “Jarron was pitching well, and I knew we just had to keep tacking on runs.”

The top four hitters in the Wolverines’ batting order combined to go 7-for-14 with six runs scored and four RBIs. John Myers was 3-for-4 with a run-scoring single in the second and an RBI triple in the fifth.

Staff photo: Joshua Lucero Texico senior Gentry Doolittle races around third base to score during the fourth inning of Monday’s game against Portales at Texico. The Wolverines avenged their only loss of the season with a 7-3 win over the Rams.

Staff photo: Joshua Lucero
Texico senior Gentry Doolittle races around third base to score during the fourth inning of Monday’s game against Portales at Texico. The Wolverines avenged their only loss of the season with a 7-3 win over the Rams.

“The top of our order did a good job tonight,” Thatcher said.

Rams center fielder Omar Legarda, who saved a couple of runs with a spectacular catch, also had an RBI triple.

Texico returns to action with a District 3-2A game today at Tucumcari. The next outing for the Rams will be a non-district doubleheader on Thursday at Eunice.