With rain in the forecast on Tuesday, the Conquistador baseball team traveled to Otero Junior College on Monday, where the Conqs lost both games to the Rattlers by scores of 5-3 and 12-8.
Things started off well for the Conquistadors in game one, as they got on the board first with a groundout from Griffin McBride to score Tanner White from third to give Dodge City an early 1-0 lead. The Rattlers then collected three straight hits in the bottom of the second inning to tie the game at one heading into the third inning.
After Dodge City could not score in the top of the third, Otero found a way to scratch another run across and make it 2-1. They did not stop there, scoring three more runs in the bottom of the fourth on two triples and two singles to extend their lead to 5-1. Griffin McBride got a one-out single in the top of the seventh and Cooper Shearon then drove him in with a double. A single by Cade Engle cut the lead to 5-3, but Engle was then thrown out trying to stretch it into a double to end the game and give Otero the 5-3 win.
Game two started out differently as the Rattlers scored first, scoring three runs in the bottom of the first inning to keep the bats hot from game one.
The Conquistadors were able to get on the board in the top of the second after Shearon doubled and McGowan drove him in with a single to cut the lead to 3-1. The Rattlers then responded in the bottom of the second with two runs of their own on a double and an error to push the lead to 5-1. Dodge City seemed to come alive in the top of the third inning, scoring five runs on just three hits with a single from Engle, a triple from Colton Talton and a double from McGowan to give Dodge City a 6-5 lead.
Otero would not let the momentum swing as they got five runs of their own in the bottom of the third as they collected three hits and had two batters reach on a walk and one reach on a hit-by-pitch to make it 10-6. The Rattlers finished off their scoring with two runs in the bottom of the fourth to take a 12-6 lead.
Dodge City would get one run in the fifth on a home run from Shearon and one more run in the top of the seventh on a home run from Cameron Fritz to cut the lead to 12-8, but that was the closest it would get as Otero won game two, 12-8.
Dodge City is now 21-13 on the year and will be in action again on Thursday as they host Pratt Community College at 2 and 4 p.m., at Cavalier Field.