McCurdy girls Shut Out By Raton

McCurdy pitcher Amanda Romero delvers a pitch to the plate as a Raton runner at first base gets set to take off. The Lady Bobcats lost to the Lady Tigers 10-0 April 13 at McCurdy. Photo by George Morse for the Valley Daily Post

McCurdy girls Shut Out By Raton

By George Morse Sports and Outdoors

The Raton High School Lady Tigers continued to roll over their District 3/5-A/3A opponents. McCurdy Charter School was the latest casualty of the Raton wrecking crew, losing 10-0 April 13 at McCurdy. Raton is 4-0 in District play and has outscored its opponents 62-2. The Lady Tigers are 11-3 overall and ranked fourth in Class A/3A.

McCurdy, which is ranked 13th in the state and is 6-6 overall, has a young team. Four of the players that took the field against Raton are eighth-graders and the Lady Bobcats have just two seniors. Starting pitcher senior Amanda Romero kept Raton at bay for the first two innings, allowing just one run. In the third inning, the Tigers figured Romero out and put five runs across the plate to take a 6-1 lead. Raton added four more runs in the fourth inning to lead 10-0.

Romero managed to hold Raton scoreless thanks to some fine play in the outfield by senior Rianna Griego and eighth-grader Ayana Aguirre. Raton starting pitcher Crystal Ortiz allowed a one-out single to Griego, one of just three hits by the Bobcats. The next batter struck out and Griego was thrown out trying to steal second to end the game.

Ortiz was dominant throughout the game. She faced just 16 batters and didn’t allow more than one runner in any inning. McCurdy’s best chance to score came in the third inning. Aguirre led off with a triple, but was tagged out trying to go home a batter later.

McCurdy Coach Christian Lopez was pleased that the Lady Bobcats struck out just twice during the game.

“At least we were hitting the ball,” Coach Lopez said.

McCurdy fell to 2-2 in District 3/5-A/3A. Raton looks ready to roll to the District title, so the Lady Bobcats are fighting for a second-place finish to try to earn a bid to the playoffs in Class A-3A. McCurdy has a key game against Pecos High School April 25 at McCurdy with the winner likely to secure second place. McCurdy is 2-2 in District play after the loss to Raton and splitting a doubleheader at Pecos April 11 at Pecos.

Three key players for McCurdy (Zoe Serrano, Helena Naranjo, Daisha Vigil) are injured and McCurdy has had to throw younger players into the fire.

“We’re young and very inexperienced,” Coach Lopez said. “They’re holding their own. It will be a good building block for the future if they stick with it.”