YHS grad brought Omaha team to town
Yuma’s high school-age summer baseball team played host to a Yuma High School graduate’s team on Saturday for a doubleheader.
Nick Lovell, Class of 2011, is a coach on a summer team comprised mostly of players from Omaha (Neb.) Northwest, an inner-city school of about 1,600 students. Lovell is a P.E. teacher at Omaha Northwest, and is on the football and baseball coaching staffs.
Lovell was a standout student-athlete at YHS, excelling in football, wrestling and baseball. He was a key member on the 2009 state championship football team, and placed at the state wrestling tournament.
He and his fellow coaches took their team on a “barnstorming” tour last weekend. They played a doubleheader in McCook, Nebraska, on Friday before playing two in Yuma on Saturday morning. They then headed to Denver take in the Rockies game against the Dodgers.
The coaches said most of the players have never been this far west, so they were about to see the Rocky Mountains for the first time, as well as enjoy their first Rockies game.
The Nebraska boys took both games from Yuma, 16-6 and 7-2. The second game was called after four innings to give the team plenty of time to get to Denver.
It was the first games for the Yuma team in a couple of weeks, due to some cancellations, and the rust definitely showed. The Indians committed an uncharacteristic seven errors in the first game.
That game was tied 2-2 after two innings. Omaha scored two runs in the top of the first. Yuma answered in the home half as Manny Tena reached on an error, and eventually scored on a bases-loaded walk. The Indians added another run in the second when Joey Ross singled and scored on Tena’s single.
However, Omaha broke it open with six runs in the third, then added two more in the fifth, four in the sixth and two in the seventh.
Yuma had two runs in the fourth. Ross hit a two-out double, then scored on Rolando Caraveo’s single. Tena then drove in Caraveo with a single. Two more came in the sixth when Caraveo and Tena both singled. Both scored on an error.
Ross had two hits, including a double, and scored two runs, Tena three hits, three RBI and two runs, Caraveo two hits and two runs, Cayden Lynch one hit and one RBI, and Kobe Rayl one hit. Chase McCreath pitched 2-1/3 innings, allowing five runs, two earned, on three hits, striking out two and walking one. Tena went 3-2/3 innings, allowing eight runs, five earned, on seven hits, striking out one and walking three. Rayl pitched the last inning, allowing two runs on one hit.
Omaha won the nightcap 7-2 in four innings. The visitors scored two in the first, two in the second, one in the third and two more in the fourth on a total of seven hits.
Yuma’s runs came in the fourth. Caraveo drew a walk, and Tena singled. Both then scored on an error. Tena’s single was Yuma’s only hit in the game.
Fabian Salcido pitched 3-2/3 innings for Yuma, allowing seven runs, five earned, on seven hits. He struck out one and walked four. Yahir Trejo came on to get the last out in the fourth.
Yuma is scheduled to be back in action on Wednesday of this week, July 3, with a home doubleheader against Sterling starting at 4 p.m. The Indians are at University in Greeley for a doubleheader on Saturday, July 6, starting at 5 p.m.