After tooting Mayfield’s horn, I thought I’d give Las Cruces High some love after they knocked off the Trojans on the baseball field, 5-4 in extra innings on Tuesday night.
I’ll give Las Cruces High credit for coming back in this one. The Bulldawgs have a grind-it-out team — not perfect by any stretch, but blue collar.
The Trojans went up 4-0 and then went on auto-pilot. I think Mayfield has a talented team, but they need to get mentally tougher if they want to win a state title. They were taking care of business, began coasting, and before they knew it they were in a dogfight.
The MVP of the game was Bulldawgs reliever Goody Ruiz, who pitched seven innings of scoreless relief. Ruiz doesn’t have overpowering stuff, but he found a way to get guys out.
It was a good win for the Bulldawgs and should make things interesting when these two teams meet again on April 21 for a district doubleheader. Top-to-bottom Mayfield has a more talented team. But that means less in this rivalry.