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Jonthan Alvarez throws the ball from his position at shortstop in the Rattlers latest home game
Daily Record photo by Colton McWilliams

Rattlers beat Rockets for dominant victory

Thursday, March 30, 2023

San Marcos captured their fifth straight win as the Rattlers defeated the Converse Judson Rockets 12-1.

The Rattlers improved their record to 14-8-1 overall and have won nine out of their last ten games.

San Marcos got on the board early in the top of the first inning when the first three batters all drew walks to load the bases with one out.

Leadoff hitter Gaven Gomez took home plate off the wild pitch as the Rattlers took the 1-0 lead.

Following another walk forced by Reagan Chomel, Major Pillien hit into a fielder’s choice towards the second baseman and scored another run to put San Marcos up 2-0.

Stephen Wilder then hit a groundout towards the catcher to allow another run to come across as the Rattlers extended the lead at 3-0.

Following San Marcos fifth forced walk of the inning, Pillien stole home as the Rattlers ended the inning up 4-0.

A scoreless second inning was followed up another score-fest for the Rattlers was patience atbats loaded the bases up after San Marcos once again forced three walks.

The Rockets then walked in three San Marcos runs to give the Rattlers a commanding 7-0 as both teams headed into the bottom of the third inning.

A 1-2-3 inning by the San Marcos defense kept the Rockets off the board as San Marcos looked to do more damage in the top of the fourth inning.

After a walk and a single by both Dallas Calderon and Chomel, Pellien hit a double towards center field to score Calderon and move Chomel to third base as San Marcos extended their lead at 8-0.

Wilder added another run for the Rattlers to score Chomel on a sacrifice fly towards center field to put the Rattlers up once more at 9-0.

Following a forced walk by Ryan Hix, Dylan Nunez hit a double on a fly ball to the shortstop with two outs to score another run as San Marcos went to 10-0.

The Rockets were able to take advantage of two San Marcos errors in the fourth inning to give Converse Judson runners on first and second with no outs.

Following a strikeout, Converse Judson got their first hit of the game towards left field to score one run as the Rockets cut the lead to 10-1.

The Rockets threatened to score again but San Marcos escaped with the inning gaining the final two outs with a pick off throw towards third base and another strikeout.

But San Marcos wasn’t quite done scoring runs as the Rattlers added two more in the fifth inning to push Converse Judson to the run rule limit as both teams headed into the bottom of the fifth.

A ground-out, line-out and a strikeout ended the inning as San Marcos closed out the game early bringing home the 12-1 win.

San Marcos starter Albert Santos and closer Stephen Wilder combined to throw for five innings while allowing just one hit, one run, one walk, and throwing eight strikeouts.

The Rattlers close out the week at home with another showdown with the Rockets.

First pitch is at 7 p.m.

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