Warriors win a nailbiter
A seventh-inning rally by the Silver Colts had everyone’s adrenaline spiking, but a strong defense the Socorro Warriors showed all game snuffed out the visiting team’s comeback attempt and the Warriors won the District 3-3A baseball game, 11-8.
“We’ll take it any way we can,” said a relieved Socorro head coach Alan Edmonson afterward. “I almost passed out in the dugout.”
Both teams came into the game unbeaten in district play. with Socorro (10-7 overall) first conquering both Hatch and Hot Springs while Silver had a 10-4 overall record coming into the game.
The Warriors (10-7 overall) came out and played one of their strongest games all season, showing that they weren’t intimidated by Silver (10-4), the fourth ranked team in Class 3A.
The Colts came out swinging and scored two runs right off the bat.
“We were down 2-0 by the third pitch,” Edmonson said.
The Warriors, who have had trouble getting going early on in the game this season, had no trouble this time. They answered with six runs of their own, ignited by a series of doubles that moved Warrior runners around the bases.
Each team added a run in the third inning and the Warriors kept running up their total, while pitcher Charles Peralta held the Colts in check. Heading into the final frame, the Warriors held a seemingly comfortable 11-4 lead.
But they don’t call them the Silver “Fighting” Colts for nothing. The visitors battled back, scored four runs and with two outs brought the tying run to the plate.
Edmonson decided to keep Peralta on the mound and pitch to Silver’s slugger.
“Charles’ performance was amazing,” Edmonson said. “He told me he wanted this game and couldn’t wait to throw. It was his to win or lose.”
Everyone held their breath when the batter got a hold of a Peralta offering and the ball sailed down the left field line. The ball fell just left of the foul pole, however, and on the next pitch Peralta registered a game-ending strike out.
Keeping their perfect district record intact, the Warriors have just one more district opponent, Cobre, left to play before they begin a second go-round with a series of doubleheaders.
The Warriors played at Cobre Tuesday (no results were available by El Defensor Chieftain press time). Next up is a home doubleheader against Hatch Valley on Friday. The first game is set to begin at 3 p.m.
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