West Texas High took on the Lockney Longhorns Thursday night at West Texas A&M in game one of the best two out of three series. Things did not go the way of the Comanches as they committed 5 errors, left eight base runners stranded, and their hitters struck out 11 times, in a 13-2 loss. Carlos Juarez was the losing pitcher for WT. Juarez is WT’s go to pitcher but he left the game in the middle of the third inning. Juarez allowed 10 runs, six of them unearned. He struck out three batters. Alex Ramirez pitched one and a half innings. He allowed three runs and struck out two.
The Comanches loaded the bases with their first three batters but the second three struck out. After their lead off hitter grounded out, Lockney scored three runs to take a 3-0 lead. WT’s next three hitters fanned out. The Longhorns got four runs from the next four and took a 7-0 lead after two innings.
The Comanches went three up and three down again in the top of the third. Lockney added three more to their total after the bottom of the third and increased their lead to 10-0 after three innings. Cade Guinn and Jess Shields got on board in the top of the fourth, but they were left stranded. The Longhorns got three more runners across the plate in the bottom half of the inning and took a 13-0 lead after four innings.
High school baseball rules state that if a team is behind 10 runs or more after five innings, the game ends with that ten run mercy rule. The Tribe had to score four or they were done. Bailey Kerr led off with an infield blooper that was mishandled by the pitcher. Juarez followed him on base with a base hit. Tyler Hoff hit to short to score Kerr, but Juarez was out on a force at second. Ty Lay was next up and he knocked the ball to the fence for a double and an RBI. Chase Elliot got on with a walk and Lane Shelton hit a single to load the bases.
The game ended with the bases loaded for WT and Lockney on top 13-2. The second game of the series will be played Friday, May 4 at West Texas A&M University, at 5 pm. If the Comanches win, the second and deciding game will be played 30 minutes after.