The Golden Tornado baseball squad celebrated one of its biggest wins on the high school diamond in many years here on Tuesday night at Joe Spikes Field
It took all three aspects of the game to do the trick for the home team, which knocked off the District 2-4A-leading Lubbock Estacado Matadors by a 10-4 margin, giving the Tors their second straight league win after a tough 1-3 start into 2-4A play.
The Tor bats were there in the form of 10 big hits coming from seven different sluggers.
The pitching was there. After spotting those red-hot Matadors this game’s first three runs, the Tors all but silenced Estacado’s bats, allowing just one run in the final six innings here on Tuesday night.
The Golden Tors’ gloves were there, as well, including two huge double plays. One turned by Lamesa High School junior third baseman Justice Balatzar, which ended up finishing this contest. Golden Tor junior shortstop Ethan Minjarez also turned in some diamond gems once again here on Tuesday night at Spikes.
“We turned two double plays tonight – two very big plays in this ball game – as well as a lot of diving plays,” Coach Hernandez said. “Just the way that our guys were diving all over the place again tonight proves how they’re selling out their bodies for each other as well as this team.
“Defensively, we did a good job of backing up our pitchers. Anytime you hit the ball like we did again here tonight you’re going to put yourself in a good spot. That’s something we focused ourselves on (hitting) all day yesterday in practice and it showed in this game tonight.”
With Tuesday’s huge win here at Spikes, the Golden Tor baseballers are now 8-10-1 overall, including 3-3 in 2-4A diamond action.
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