Published: 1:39 pm, Wed. Apr. 26th, 2017Updated: 1:38 pm
On the one hand, the Lady Bulldogs may have wanted to linger a bit longer at the Mack Chase Athletic Complex in their final home games of the 2017 season.
But on the other, their uber-efficient run-rule sweep of Goddard Tuesday put the squad’s offensive dominance on display in their penultimate District 4-AAAAA double dip.
The Artesia girls chipped their way through a 10-0, five-inning shutout of the Lady Rockets in Game One that saw junior Kali Crandall toss a no-hitter and come a single walk away from a perfect outing. Fellow junior Kacey Thurman logged a two-hit W in the nightcap as the Lady ‘Dogs’ bats chopped through a three-inning, 15-0 decision like plywood to improve to 17-6 on the year, 8-2 in D4 play.
After Crandall seated Goddard in order in the top of the first in the opener, walks by Alexa Riggs and Crandall and a Thurman infield single became Artesia’s first three runs of the day on a bases-clearing double to right by Adrianna Baeza.
Baeza then joined Aubree Olguin in crossing the plate on a home run to right center by the latter to make it 5-0 Lady ‘Dogs.
As Crandall continued to mow down Rocket batters, the Lady Bulldogs added two more runs in the third on a homer by catcher Melody Payne, then put the game away in the fifth on a Madisyn Asbury RBI single and a pair of errors.
Payne was 2-2 at the plate in the contest with a homer and two RBI, Asbury 1-1 with one run batted in, and Thurman and Baeza both went 2-3, the latter with a pair of doubles and three RBI.
With more quality pitching from Thurman and continued error-free defensive play in the field, the Lady ‘Dogs shut the Lady Rockets out again in the nightcap in what would turn out to be just three trips to the plate.
Artesia batted around in both the first and second innings of play, racking up 14 runs on 12 hits.
Back-to-back singles by Riggs and Chanler Groves kicked off the bottom of the first, followed by a Payne sac-fly to left and an Olguin RBI single. A two-RBI double by Gabrielle Gomez made it 4-0, and a two-bagger from Asbury and RBI ground out by Elisa Cardenas put the Lady Bulldogs up 6-0 going into the second.
There, a Groves single and a pair of Rocket errors would extend an at-bat that saw Olguin, Cardenas and Groves post RBI base hits, Asbury her second RBI double of the night, and Baeza a two-RBI swat to center to put Artesia firmly in the lead, 14-0.
A pair of Goddard errors to start the third gave the Lady ‘Dogs two on with no out, an Asbury single loaded the bases, and a third and final error went Olguin home for the walk-off, 15-0.
Sisters Groves and Asbury both went 3-3 to lead Artesia on the bout, the former with one RBI and the latter with a pair of doubles and two runs batted in. Olguin finished 2-3 with two RBI.
With the wins, the Lady Bulldogs head to Lovington Friday with a chance to lock up a district title. They’ll need a second sweep of the Lady Wildcats, whom they topped 7-2 and 11-1 in six innings April 18 at home.