Warriors sweep Steers


The Socorro Warrior baseball team easily beat the Magdalena Steers in two games last Tuesday 12-1 and 9-3 in cold and windy conditions at the Warrior Diamond.

The Warriors jumped out to a 4-1 lead by the bottom of the second inning. Carlos Gomez hit a single, but made it home when Gibo Padilla hit one up the middle.

In the top of the third inning a Magdalena player hit the ball to short, and the throw was just short of the Warrior’s first base glove. Dru Ware wrapped up the inning as the ball was hit to him and he converted the first out, and then struck out the last two batters. The only Warrior hit came from Alex Chavez when he hit a double.

The next inning belonged to Ware again when he struck out two more Mag players and again threw out a player at first.

Bases were loaded when Lane Lopez’ hit went to left field for a single. Smith came home after a passed ball. Chavez was called out, but garnered the RBI that scored Timmy Silva (who ran for Ware). Alejandro Gomez hit past the infield that scored Lopez.

Ware closed the fifth inning when he added three more “K’s” to his stats.

Next, Padilla hit a single. Smith’s hit past third scored Avalos, and Ware’s hit to center field scored Padilla. Lopez’ hit to center scored Smith, and the umpires called the game. Warriors won 12-1.

Padilla started on the mound for the second game. A hit to Smith secured the first out, and Ware who was at short, picked up the second and third outs. With bases loaded, Lopez was walked and cruised to first and Avalos also walked in, putting the Warriors up 1-0. Carlos Gomez hit past the first base line, but a Magdalena player caught the Warrior runner coming back.

Two defensive plays by Lopez and Smith, and a strike-out by Padilla ended Mag’s attempt to score in the second inning. The only hit for the Warriors was made by Carlos Gomez.

The fourth inning seem to duplicate the third, but this time the hit from the Steers’ batter was caught at left field, Padilla struck out the second batter, and Lopez picked up a hit and threw to Smith at first for out number three.

Carlos then crashed the ball past left center for a double. Prieto pounded one up the middle for a single, and Carlos scored. Padilla hit to the third basemen, and Prieto over ran second for outs two and three. The Warriors added two more runs and led 3-0.

In the fifth, Ware grabbed a grounder and sent it to first, and Alex Chavez caught a long fly ball out in center field for the first and second outs respectively.

Carlos Gomez traded places with Padilla on the mound, and he struck out the first two batters in the sixth. Carlos walked the next batter, and Mag tied the score three all.

The Mag pitcher walked Carlos, and Carlos stole second and third base on defensive errors. Prieto smacked one up the middle that scored Carlos. Padilla and Smith also contributed singles. Socorro continued to go through their line up but a fluke catch by Padilla who was on third base, grabbed a grounder down third base line hit by Ware, and Padilla was called out. Lopez was up to bat, but he was walked by the pitcher. With bases loaded and Alejandro up to bat, Smith scored on a passed ball by the catcher. Alejandro was also walked. With bases still loaded Jaramillo and Ware also walked. Alex Chavez hit the ball past second, and Lopez and Alejandro scored. The Warriors still led 8-3. Two big catches in right and field ended the game and the Warriors won 8-3.

Warriors coach Kenny Gonzales was pleased with his players’ performance, especially since they were able to put together two full games, coming out of a hitting slump. “We lost our catcher and Prieto stepped in and took care of business,” he said. “Kids who do not normally hit the ball, hit the ball today.”