Mules vs. Roosevelt & Sundown (3-8 & 12-2016)
The Mule baseball team made back-to-back come backs this past week. Tuesday evening the Mules trailed the Lubbock Roosevelt Eagles 7-4 starting the bottom of the sixth inning. The Mules won the game 11-10 in the bottom of the eighth with a walk-off single by Moises Vasquez.
Saturday the Mules fell behind 10-4 in the top of the fifth inning but battled back to score three runs in the bottom of the seventh on a walk-off single by Rigo Mendoza that scored two runs for a 12-11 win.
The Mules leaped in front of the Eagles 3-1 in the bottom of the third inning. JoJo Rejino walked in the bottom of the first inning and scored for the Mules first run. Jason Florez drew a walk and stole second base in the bottom of the third inning.
Danny Campos also walked to put Mules at first and second base. An Eagle pick-off play went awry and the pitcher threw the ball into centerfield. As the ball rolled all the way to the fence Florez and Campos scored.
The Eagles used four hits, a walk and a Mule error to score four runs in the top of the fourth inning to claim a 5-3 lead.
The Mules cut the Eagle lead to 5-4 in the bottom of the fifth inning Florez singled to centerfield. He went to second on a pitcher throwing error. Florez then stole third base and scored on a bunt single by Campos.
The Eagles added two runs in the top of the sixth inning to lead the Mules 7-4.
The Mules put together a big sixth inning to score five runs. Bryce Mauricio slammed a lead-off single to centerfield. Rejino popped up to the infield and the pitcher muffed the catch to allow both runners to reach base. The short stop was eaten up by a ground ball by Ryan Rodriguez to load the bases with Mules.
Florez walked on four pitches to force home Mauricio. Campos ground ball ran up the short stop’s arm for an error. Rejino scored and the bases were still loaded with Mules. Mendoza’s sacrifice ground ball to the third baseman scored Rodriguez. An error by the second baseman allowed both Florez and Campos to score.
The Mules led 9-7 after six innings.
Roosevelt scored twice in the top of the seventh inning to tie the game. The Mules went in order in the bottom of the seventh inning.
The Eagles pushed one run across in the top of the eighth inning to take a 10-9 lead.
Campos drew a one-out walk and stole second base. Reese Orozco reached on an error by the third baseman. Vasquez single to the right-field fence scored both Campos and Orozco for the win.
The first Roughneck walked. The second hit a fly ball to centerfield that Mauricio chased down and caught. He came up throwing to his cut-off man Florez. Florez turned and fired a strike to Blake Parker at first for a double play.
Jaxon Lee struck out the fourth batter for the final out.
Mauricio tripled to left field and made it to third base standing up. Rejino sacrificed Mauricio home with a ground ball to second base. Rodriguez was hit by a pitch and Florez singled to left field. Campos was hit by a pitch to load the bases with Mules.
Orozco singled to centerfield to scored both Rodriguez and Florez. The Mules led 3-0 after one inning.
Sundown batted around in the top of the second to score five runs. The Roughnecks shutdown the Mules in the bottom of the second inning and scored one run in the top of the third inning.
The Mules could not push a run across in the bottom of the third inning and Sundown scored three runs in the top of the fourth inning to lead the Mules 9-3.
The Mules long climb began in the bottom of the fourth inning. Lee was hit by a pitch but Mauricio hit into a fielder’s choice and Lee was forced out at second base. Mauricio went to second on a wild pitch. Rejino walked. Mauricio scored on a single to center field by Rodriguez. The Mules had cut the margin to 9-4.
Sundown got the run back in the top of the fifth inning to lead the Mules 10-4.
Campos led off the bottom of the fifth inning with a triple and Orozco sacrificed him home with a ground ball to second base.
The Mules shutdown the Roughneck offense in the top of the sixth inning.
Mauricio led off the Mule half of the sixth inning with a single to center and he was followed with a line-drive single to center by Rejino. An error by the right field fielder allowed Rodriguez to reach and loaded the bases.
Campos ripped a ground-ball single up the middle to score both Mauricio and Rejino. Orozco single to left field to score Rodriguez and Campos and cut the Sundown lead to 10-9 after six innings.
A triple and a sacrifice scored one run for the Roughnecks in the top of the seventh inning for an 11-9 Sundown lead.
Mauricio hit a one-out ground ball to right field for a single and he stole second base. Rejino walked and Rodriguez tapped a ground ball to the pitcher. Mauricio was forced out at third base for the second Mule out.
Florez ripped a single to right center to score Rejino. Rodriguez went to third and Florez moved to second on the throw home. Campos was intentionally walked to load the bases and keep the force in effect.
Mendoza blasted a line shot through the hole between short and third base. Rodriguez and Florez scored to win the game.
The Mules played a double header Monday with the Amarillo River Road Wildcats. The Mules will practice through the balance of Spring Break and return to action Tuesday March 22 when they host the Pampa Harvesters.