Mules vs Littlefield & Dimmitt (4-14&18-2015)
The Mules bats were almost silent Tuesday when visiting the Littlefield Wildcats. Felipe Guerrero singled to right field in the second inning, Jason Florez singled to right field in the top of the sixth inning and Dustin Smith beat out an infield hit in the top of the seventh.
Littlefield did not hit much better and recorded only four hits. But the Wildcats had two batters hit by a pitch in the second inning and scored both on two sacrifice ground balls and a Mule error. Littlefield won the game 6-0.
The Mules had a better outing Saturday afternoon when the Dimmitt Bobcats visited the Mules. The Mules took the game 6-0.
Danny Campos pitched a no hitter for the Mules in the seven inning game. The only thing standing between Campos and a perfect game was one walk, one hit batsman and a Mule error. Campos struck out nine batters. Six Bobcats went down swinging and three looked at the last strike.
A first pitch fly ball to centerfield was caught by Grey Johnson and seemed to set the tone of Saturday’s game. Nathan Rejino scooped up the ground ball at second base and made the throw to Wes Clarkson at first base. Campos struck out the third batter on four pitches. Campos only made eight pitches in the first inning.
Braden Bessire lined a single up the middle for a base hit. Bryce Mauricio sent a ground ball up the middle to put Mules at first and second. Dustin Smith doubled down the right field line to score Bessire. Guerrero dropped a single into shallow left-center field to score Mauricio. The Mules led 2-0 after one inning.
Johnson raced under a fly ball in centerfield for the first Dimmitt out of the second inning. Campos walked the next batter and he went to second on a sacrifice bunt back to Campos. The runner stole third base on the first pitch to the fourth batter. The batter was hit by a pitch and went to first.
Dimmitt had runners at first and third with two out. The batter at first attempted to steal second base but Smith fired a strike to second base. Flores was covering the base and applied the tag for the third out.
Clarkson put a ground ball through the hole between third base and the shortstop for a single to lead off the bottom of the second inning. When the ball was thrown to the infield got by all the Bobcats and rolled in the Dimmitt dugout. Clarkson was awarded second base.
Clarkson went to third on a deep fly ball to left field by Bessire. Mauricio’s ground ball to second base tied the hands of the infielder and Clarkson went home. The Mules led 3-0 after two innings.
Campos struck out the first to Bobcats of the third inning swinging. A ground ball to third base was fielded cleanly by Guerrero but his throw to first was in the dirt. Clarkson dug the ball out of the dirt for the third out.
The Mules went in order in the third inning but continued to lead 3-0.
The first two Bobcats grounded out to start the fourth inning and the third popped up in foul territory on the first base side of the plate. Smith quickly got rid of his mask and made the catch just above his shoe tops for the third out.
Campos drew a four-pitch walk and moved to second base on a sacrifice bunt by Johnson. Clarkson doubled to the fence in right field to score Campos. Clarkson went to third on a passed ball.
Bessire laid a bunt down the third base line. The pitcher came off the mound but his throw was late to first base. Clarkson scored on the throw to first. The Mules led 5-0 after four innings.
Rejino snagged a pop fly to second base for the first out of the fifth inning. A tap back to Campos resulted in the second out and the third batter took a curve ball for strike one. The second pitch was a second curve ball on the outside corner of the plate. The third pitch was high but Campos painted the inside corner with a fastball for called strike three.
Guerrero dumped a fly ball in shallow right field for a single after the Mules had two outs. Campos dropped a single in shallow centerfield and Guerrero went to third base on the hit. Guerrero scored on a wild pitch to end all scoring.
Campos only needed 10 pitches to sit the final three Bobcats down on strikes.
The Mules traveled to Friona to play the Chieftains Tuesday afternoon and will return home to host the Shallowater Mustangs in the final regular season game. It is Senior Day for the Mules. First pitch is scheduled for noon Saturday.