Tigers take tough loss to Patriots

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Isaac Parra just missed helping keep the Los Lunas baseball team undefeated in district play.

His long sacrifice fly in the fourth inning pulled the Tigers within 3-2 of visiting Miyamura, but that turned out to be the final score.

“It was a real tough loss,” said Los Lunas coach Pete Candelaria. “They came out and played pretty good baseball and we didn’t execute like we should have. My team has a habit of starting to rally late. I’m not getting seven innings of production right now.”

Los Lunas (14-5, 2-1 in District 6-4A) fell behind early after the Patriots got to pitcher Parra for three runs by taking advantage of some Tigers’ defensive lapses.

“He threw a great game,” Candelaria said of Parra. “We had a couple of errors early in the game but he had a great performance on the mound. A few errors killed us.”

But for a moment, it looked as if Los Lunas would be able to overcome those miscues when it loaded the bases in the fourth inning.

A hit batter brought home one run and then Parra sent a ball deep to right.

“He just missed it,” Candelaria said. “It was a deep fly ball.”

Although a run trotted home on the sacrifice, Los Lunas could never quite rally again.

“One hit would have busted that game open,” Candelaria said. “But we just couldn’t get it.”

Although the loss was disappointing, the coach said he hoped the players will get the message that they need to play hard from the outset.

“Right now, the way I’m looking at it is it could be a positive thing,” he said. “If you don’t play a whole game, it’s pretty hard to win. You have to be productive every inning of every game you play.”