The Otero Junior College baseball team had a difficult task ahead of it when it hosted ninth-ranked Trinidad State Junior College Wednesday at 22nd Street Field. The Trojans proved that they were desrving of that ranking as they took advantage of Rattler mistakes to claim a 13-0 win.
"We didn't play very well all the way around," said OJC coach Chris Carrillo. "When you're playing a team of that caliber, you can't give them anything. We gave them four walks, five hit by pitch and we had two errors. That's 11 free passes in a five-inning ball game. You're not going to win against anybody, I don't care who you're playing. We have to keep getting better and we have to continue to find ways to get better. We didn't had the greatest start, but we fell behind a little bit and we had guys up there who didn't want to compete and get after it just because of what the score was. Bottom line, that's not how you get innings. So we have to do a better job all the way around and it starts with our mentality and our approach to how we come out and play and how we approach it every day."
Trinidad State jumped to an early lead by scoring three times in the top of the first inning. Alex Bedard led off by drawing a walk and Conrado Diaz followed with a single. Both runners advanced on a passed ball and both scored as Blake Mattey got on base on an error.
Mattey went to second on the play and he came home on Reese Patterson's single.
The Trojans doubled their lead in the second. Carlo Mancillas singled and stole both second and third. Bedard drew a walk, and Mancillas scored on Mason Campbell's groundout.
Bedard went to third on the play and Diaz was hit by a pitch. Diaz took second on a passed ball, and a balk resulted in Bedard scoring and Diaz going to third.
Mattey received a base on balls and Ethan Castro singled home Diaz for a 6-0 Trinidad State lead.
The Trojans put two more runs on the board in the fourth. Diaz led off the inning by slamming a home run to right field. Mattey then singled, took second on Castro's groundout and Mattey scored on Patterson's single.
TSJC scored five times in the top of the fifth. Mancillas, Bedard, and Campbell were all hit by pitches, and Diaz was also plunked to drive home Mancillas.
Mattey then doubled home Bedard and Campbell, and Patterson singled to bring home Diaz and Mattey to wrap up the scoring.
Otero had scoring chances in the second, third, and fourth innings, but left a runner in scoring position in all four frames.
The game ended after five innings on the 10-run rule.
Otero accumulated only five hits. The list included a double by McCoy Pearce, and singles by Wille Baez, Trevor Schaffer, Carter Mossey, and Sammuel Avila.
The Rattlers used six pitchers during the game. Gerard Mendez started the game and he took the loss. He allowed six runs and three hits and he struck out two, walked two and hit one batter.
Tim McEntyre relieved Mendez in the second and he allowed no runs and one hit and he also walked one batter.
Ian Conlin pitched in the third and he gave up no runs and one hit and he had one walk.
Sergio Lucero went to the mound in the fourth and he gave up two runs and three hits.
Zebidiah Granado started the fifth and he surrendered four runs and no hits with four hit batters. Dominic Montez finished the game and he gave up one run and two hits with one strikeout.
Trinidad State 13, Otero 0
TSJC 330 25 — 13 10 0
Otero 000 00 — 0 5 2
Gauthier (W) and Diaz. Mendez (L), McEntyre (2), Conlin (3), Lucero (4), Granado (5), Montez (5) and Posada. HR — TS: Diaz (4th inn., none no, no outs).