Otero Baseball wins season series versus LCC
March 31, 2015
The Rattlers win the season series against rival Lamar Community College 4-2 behind solid starting pitching and defense. The bullpen for the Rattlers did a great job of getting outs when they needed to, especially late in the series. Offensively the Rattlers had a few timely hits and put a lot of pressure on Lamar’s defense on the bases.
“Coach Richter and our pitching staff did a great job of preparing for Lamar’s lineup this past week,” said Rattler Head Baseball Coach Chris Carrillo.
The Rattlers’ staff only gave up 11 runs on the weekend in the four game set.
“The Lamar series is always a fun series to be a part of. Both teams are going to show up and get after each other the entire weekend and the majority to the time it produces some quality baseball. So to come out on top of that series was great for our guys,” said Carrillo.
This rival series against Lamar was a split series. The Friday double header was played in Lamar and Saturday’s double header was back at home for the Rattlers. The home field advantage seemed to be a factor as Lamar took the first two games of the double header at home. The Rattlers bounced back to win both games at home on Saturday at 22nd St. Field.
“Home field does play a role in this series because both yards play so differently. Lamar’s yard is a lot smaller so the homerun ball plays a factor, while the extra base hit is hard to come by,” said Carrillo. “When we are home, it suits our lineup a lot better. We like to hit the ball in the gaps and use our speed to try to get the extra base. Along with the offensive difference our staff loves our yard because it is such a pitcher friendly park.”
Along with solid starting pitching, the Rattlers played great defense. Otero turned 6 double plays on the weekend, allowing them to escape a few potential big innings from the Lopes.
The Rattlers dropped game one in the Lamar 3-1 behind a solid pitching performance from right hander Jarrett Bott. He went 6.1 innings pitched with 7 K’s, 1 BB and only gave up 1 earned.
“Bott pitched well enough for us to win the game, we just struggled to get him any run support. Moreno for Lamar did a great job of keeping our lineup off balance with 3 pitches,” said Carrillo.
In game one the Rattlers’ only run came from a lead-off single from Wardle in the top of the second inning. Wardle then stole 2nd and then advanced to 3rd on a ground ball to right side by Rodriguez. With two outs in the second inning, Sonora came up with a two out RBI single to give the Rattlers a 1-0. After the run in the second the Rattlers would not score again in game one.
In game two the Rattlers again struggled to put runs on the board behind starter Jarron Monroe. Monroe went 6 complete innings; only giving up 1 earned run. The only run the Rattlers could push across came in the seventh inning when Tanner Wade lead the inning off with a triple in the right center gap and then plated from an RBI single from the Rattlers cleanup hitter Brendon Feldman. It was a little too late for the Rattlers again losing game two 3-1.
The Rattlers returned home on Saturday extremely confident, knowing that they were sending sophomore Jorge Venegas to the mound. “Jorge is always tough to score runs against, he is 88-91 and has a nasty slider. I knew if we could get the sticks going we would be in good shape,” said Carrillo.
The Rattlers got off to a good start, scoring a run in the first as a result of a leadoff walk from Evan Maecker. They struggled to score again until the sixth inning. Trailing 2-1 going into the sixth, the Rattlers’ Brandon Feldman came to the plate with Tanner Wade on first with one out. Feldman, with a full count, ran into a fastball that Thomas left up in the zone that left the 22nd Street Field in a hurry.
As a result of the two run blast by Feldman, the Rattlers took the lead 3-2 going into the seventh. Lefty closer Dustin Bishop closed the seventh out, giving the Rattlers the 3-2 win in game three.
“We needed a big hit late in the game and Feldman came through for us with a big time hit,” Carrillo said.
In game four, the Rattlers carried the momentum from the win and put up five runs off of left handed starter Walker Williams. The Rattlers scored a run in the first as a result of 3 singles and a walk giving the Rattlers the offensive momentum.
In the bottom of the second, the Rattlers hit through the lineup and put up four runs, putting Lamar in a hole early on. Five runs was all the Rattlers would need to win and take the overall season series 4 games to 2. The final score in game four was 5-3.
The Rattlers head into another big conference series against Miles Community College in a six game set starting Thursday at 1:00. The Rattlers will have a double header against Miles Thursday, Friday and Saturday of this week. The start time for all three days is 1:00 p.m. “Miles has a good club, so we will have to come ready to play from the first pitch,” said Carrillo.