The Socorro Warriors baseball team had its best regular season in six years with an 18-7 record, losing only one game in district play on the road during a double header against the Cobre Indians. Their 11-1 district record brought home the regular season title and the 5th seed going into the NMAA 3A State Championship.
A May 10 rain delay forced the team to push back its previously scheduled Friday evening home game against the Dexter Demons, kicking off a potential playoff run, to Saturday for a double header. It was not the Warriors day as Dexter wiped them out 13-3 in game one, allowing nine runs in the 5th which ended the matchup early. Then the team lost a defensive battle, scoring only 2 runs in the sixth inning on the way to a 5-2 season ending loss.
In the state tournament 4th ranked St. Michael’s took down Dexter in the second round with top seeded Robertson winning it all 11-1 against West Las Vegas at the SASF arena on the UNM campus on May 18.
“The season was a big step for us,” senior Clint Wellborn said. “Winning district which hadn’t happened in six years was great to be a part of. But unfortunately it just wasn’t our time.”
Wellborn is one of five graduating seniors on the squad and will be attending Eastern New Mexico University in the fall as he attempts to earn a spot on the Greyhounds roster with a preferred walk on partial scholarship.
“It’s bittersweet for me to be leaving,” he said. “I’m excited moving on but the biggest thing I’ll miss is the people. The bonds that I made with my teammates over the years are something that you can’t replace.”
As a team the Warriors' strength came on the offensive end. A collective .346 batting average, seven home runs and a staggering 101 stolen bases were the reason for its excellent season. They struggled defensively with a middle of the road fielding percentage of .879 and a below than national statistics ERA of 3.51.
Head Coach Raymond Gonzales will have a tall task going forward with a younger crew heading into the 2020 season. On the bright side two of the teams four best pitchers are expected to return. Junior Payson Hicks went 3-0 in five appearances with a 2.05 ERA. Junior Zavier Rosas was 5-3 in his 10 starts with a 3.63 ERA.
Andy Otero - .474 batting average. 37 hits. 34 RBI. 1 home run. 14 stolen bases. 2.68 ERA.
Clint Wellborn - .485 batting average. 32 hits. 31 RBI. 3 home runs. 12 stolen bases. 5.19 ERA.
Victor Chavez - .429 batting average. 30 hits. 18 RBI. 1 home run. 21 stolen bases.
Izaiah Chavez - .386 batting average. 27 hits. 17 RBI.1 home run. 20 stolen bases. 2.33 ERA.
Devin Smith - Three games played.