Socorro sluggers no match for Colts

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There’s something to be gained even in a loss, according to Socorro High School baseball Head Coach Kenny Gonzales.

Photo by Anthony Welch — El Defensor Chieftain: Socorro senior first baseman Ethan Smith attempts to tag out a Silver base runner during game two of Tuesday’s doubleheader.

The Silver High School Fighting Colts shut out the Warriors Tuesday afternoon in both games of a doubleheader, winning 10-0 and 15-0.

“There’s always a bright side to everything,” Gonzales said.

Photo by Anthony Welch — El Defensor Chieftain: Warriors’ senior pitcher Derrick Prieto eyes a pop fly.

That bright side was his players had the chance to go up against some of the best pitching in the state, Gonzales said. The fact that a few Socorro players knocked a few hits against the Fighting Colts pitchers was another positive, as it kept Silver from pitching a no-hitter.

“It was good experience. It’s good to see good pitching like that,” Gonzales said. “They’re ranked No. 1 right now, so that makes it pretty tough.”

Silver pitchers threw eight strikeouts in game two. Socorro pitchers senior Carlos Gomez and junior Dru Ware combined to throw seven strikeouts in the loss.

At the plate, Warriors sluggers Ware, seniors Derrick Prieto and Ethan Smith, junior Gilbert Padilla and freshman Lane Lopez all managed to get a hit off in the second game.

The Fighting Colts capitalized on a seven-run third inning and built a commanding 15-0 lead. Socorro managed to stave off further runs scored in the fourth and fifth innings.

Gonzales doesn’t worry about keeping his players motivated during games where the deficit is overwhelming.

“We have some good leaders, and they do it themselves,” he mentioned. “Most kids tend to put their heads down and give up. We have leaders like (Ware) who stays on top of them.”

Socorro will wrap up the season at Hot Springs High School this Tuesday and at Silver on May 2.