Tigers error prone in loss to El Paso Socorro at St. Pius tourney

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After getting a 7-0 home baseball win over Albuquerque High on Tuesday, it looked like the Tigers had righted the ship.

Los Lunas then let one slip away in the opening game of the Andres Arguello tournament at St. Pius on Thursday. El Paso Socorro scored a run in the bottom of the sixth inning to beat Los Lunas, 7-6.

Mike Stearns-News-Bulletin photo: Diving for the ball is Los Lunas shortstop John Rivera during Thursday’s 7-6 loss to El Paso Socorro in the opening round of the Andres Arguello Memorial baseball tournament held at St. Pius High School. The Tigers will be in the consolation bracket for the rest of the weekend tournament.

The Tigers faced Manzano in a game that was played after News-Bulletin press time on Friday. The tournament concludes on Saturday.

Host St. Pius are in the winners bracket after opening the tourney with an 8-0 win over Bernalillo.

Los Lunas opened the scoring with a monster home run off the bat of Isaac Parra to deep center field. The senior pitcher started a three-run, two-out rally that saw Preston Schollander knock in a run and then score on Darron Gallegos’ single to right field.

But the Tigers gave up four runs in the bottom of the first when an error was made at third base that would have retired the side without a run. The Bulldogs put up four runs before Los Lunas could get the final out of the inning.

“It was a tight game all the way through,” said Tiger coach Pete Candelaria. “We kept nit-picking at each other until they scored that run in the bottom of the sixth.”

Los Lunas took the lead back in the top of the third on Chris Padilla’s two-run double in the right gap that scored Parra and Schollander.

Mike Stearns-News-Bulletin photo: Receiving congratulations is Los Lunas slugger Isaac Parra, right, after his first inning home run in the Tiger’s 7-6 loss to El Paso Socorro in the first round of the St. Pius Andres Arguello Memorial baseball tournament on Thursday.

Socorro matched that with two runs in the bottom of the third to pull back into the lead, 6-5.

Los Lunas tied the game in the fourth when Padilla singled and eventually scored on a wild pitch from winning pitcher Raul Flores.

Socorro got the win in the sixth when a walk and an error led to the winning run.

“We had three big errors in the game,” said Candelaria. “Three errors and four runs is what it boils down to.”

The first-year coach was pleased with the effort against Albuquerque High in the home win.

Charles Holt got five strike outs and held the Bulldogs to just four hits as the Tigers breezed to the 7-0 win.

Chris Wisneski got an RBI and two stolen bases in the win. Parra had two RBI and went 1-for-2 at the plate.


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