Early lead contributed to easy baseball victory over Hot Springs

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The SHS Warrior Varsity Baseball team grabbed an early lead and they refused to relinquish it as they beat Hot Springs in a double header 13-2 and 14-3 last Friday in T or C.

Although Ignacio Chavez grounded out in the first inning, several RBIs by Socorro allowed the Warriors to jump out on top with six runs in the first three innings. The RBIs in the second inning were contributed by Zach Binger (double), Dominic Montano (single, as well as a passed ball), Derrick Prieto (double) and Jonathon Baca (single). Their efforts supplied the Warriors’ offense the kick they needed to put away the first game early on.

Montano racked up three RBIs on three hits, while Prieto struck out eleven Hot Springs batters that helped pave the way for a Socorro’s win. Prieto allowed one earned run, two hits, and six walks over six innings.

Socorro hammered the Hot Springs pitching attempt as six Warriors fiercely crashed the ball that combined for fourteen hits, 10 RBIs, and 12 runs scored. The final score was 13-2 Warriors.

The next game gave the impression of déjà vu as the Warrior offense again proved too much for Hot Springs. Socorro jumped out again to an early lead with seven runs in the first three innings.

A fielder’s choice, a RBI triple, and a passed ball by Montano in the second inning supplied the early offense.

The Warriors built upon its lead with four runs in the third. In the fourth, a clutch bases loaded walk scored Prieto to open the scoring in the frame. Thereafter, a RBI double by Prieto scored Kevin Gonzales that resulted in Socorro earning two additional runs in the sixth to end the game.

Montano had three extra base hits for Socorro, and Chavez’s workhorse effort on the bump helped bag the win. Chavez allowed only two earned runs, four hits, zero walks, and struck out five Hot Springs players over six innings. Montano, Prieto, Binger and Carlos Gomez lead Socorro as they combined for 10 hits and nine RBIs. The Warriors crushed Hot Springs 14-3.

Warriors’ pitcher, Derrick Prieto, currently leads the state with seventy-seven strike outs followed by a player from Carlsbad who has 63 strike outs. “The 11 strike outs Prieto had secured his lead as the number one pitcher in the state. When he strikes out his 85th victim, that will classify him in the state’s Top 10 lists of pitchers with the most strike outs per season,” Coach Gonzales said.

Game details provided by Coach Kenny Gonzales.