Article Written by: Jason Farmer NEWS-SUN
Photo Taken by: Tony Baker NMTXsports.com
The New Mexico Junior College baseball team has struggled this season when facing Midland College. At home or on the road, the Thunderbirds have had little luck beating the Chaparrals and Weednesday was no different as the T-Birds lost 10-6 at Ray Birmingham Field.
Midland scored first, plating a run in the top of the first, but the T-Birds came right back with a three-spot in the bottom of the fram. Each team scored once in the second, so NMJC still led by two, 4-2, after two innings.
Neither team scored in the third, but Midland got its offense goin in the fourth as the Chaparrals plated four runs. Midland scored another in the fifth and the sixth, taking a 8-4 lead into the bottom of the sixth.
New Mexico Junior College scored once in the bottom of the sixth, closing to within three tuns, butr the Chaparrals plated two more runs in the seventh. NMJC got its final run in the bottom of the seventh.
Ryan Rijo and Colton Buckner both had three-hit games for the T-birds. Rijo was 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles, two RBI and a run scored while Buckner was 3-for-5 with an RBI. Levi Dixon also had a mulit-hit game for NMJC, going 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI.
Colby Diggs started the gaem for the T-Birds and got the loss as he didnt make it out of the fourth inning. Diggs alllowed six runs, five of which were earned, on four hits and four walks while striking out two. Diggs also hit two Chaparrals.
Sergio Alfaro took over in a relief role and allowed two runs on two hits and one walk. Alfaro stuck out two and hit one over 2.2 innings of work. Ethan Franklin closed out the game, allowing two runs on one hit and three walks on three innings of work. Franklin struck out a pair of Midland batters.
NMJC is now 1-5 against the Chaparrals this season. The two teams have one more meeting left, when NMJC travels to Midland next Wednesday for a 6:30 start.
With the loss, NMJC falls to 14-18 on the season. The T-Birds, 9-7 in Western Junior College Athletic Conference action, will travel to Roswell on Friday for a doubleheader against New Mexico Military Institute.