Pirate baseball team opens league season Saturday

Hosting a 4A team for their first home game of the season, the Pirate baseball team left little for its fans to remember other than the cold wind that accompanied a 11-1 loss Saturday at the PSHS baseball field.

In a game that was thick with errors, mostly by the Pirates, the Mean Moose made the most of Pirate bobbles.

After taking a six-run advantage in the first advantage during the first inning, Alamosa never looked back. With superior offense and defense, the game was never in question from the start for the Mean Moose. Earning another run in the second, Alamosa benefited from aggressive base running throughout the game, stealing bases with almost complete impunity while pounding on Pagosa pitches that presented little challenge for Alamosa bats.

After pulling sophomore Austin Jackson in the middle of the second following the seventh Alamosa run, the Pirates settled down for a couple of innings. With senior Don Ames on the mound, Pagosa was able to rebuild its defense enough to keep the Mean Moose from scoring in the third. Tagging a runner out at second on a stolen base attempt, the Pirates looked prepared to shut down Alamosa runners. Stranding Alamosa runners on second and third with a strikeout, Pagosa looked poised to at least hold their home ground against the marauding visitors.

Unfortunately, the Pirate defense slipped again in the fourth, allowing more Mean Moose stolen bases and giving the go-ahead to an Alamosa runner to steal home on a dropped pitch. Going into the bottom of the fourth down 8-0, Pagosa managed to score a run off a sacrifice fly, giving Ames the only RBI of the day and junior Preston Dale the only run of the game.

With three more Alamosa runs scored in the fifth and Pagosa shut out for the inning, the game was called due to the eight-run mercy rule.

“We had too many walks and passed balls,” said Coach Justin Caler, adding, “Our opponents have scored seventy percent of their runs with two outs. We need to tighten up.”

The Pirates travel to Bayfield Saturday for a doubleheader against the Wolverines. Playing their first conference game of the season, the 1-7 Pirates will have their work cut out for them against a 6-3 Bayfield team. The first game begins at 11 a.m. at the Bayfield High School baseball diamond.

jim@pagosasun.com


SUN photo/Pat Artis
Senior Pirate hurler Don Ames sends a pitch to an Alamosa hitter last Saturday at the PSHS baseball field. Up against a strong 4A team, the Pirates lost 11-1 in their home season opener against the Mean Moose.