Pirates drop doubleheader to Wolverines

Facing down brutal winds and cold snow, the Pirate baseball team was not treated kindly in Bayfield last Saturday, losing a doubleheader to the Wolverines, 13-3 and 14-4, going 1-8 for the season and 0-2 in their first IML matches for the season.

With the game pushed back from a scheduled 11 a.m. start to 1 p.m. in order to clear the field of snow, the Pirates suffered not only a chilly reception in Bayfield but two sound beatings at the hands of hot Bayfield bats.

Looking strong at the start of their first game, Pagosa took the lead with sophomore Austin Devooght’s double. A single by senior Mike Henderson brought Devooght in, giving the Pirates a 2-0 lead heading into the bottom of the first. With strong pitching by senior right-hander Wes Laverty, the Wolverines were shut out of the first.

Unfortunately, the tables turned, with the Pirates shut out at the plate and the Wolverines scoring one run in the second and three more runs in the third.

Pagosa managed to score another run in the fourth with a double by junior Dillan Sandoval bringing in senior Wes Laverty. However, bringing senior right-hander Ryan Hujus to the mound offered no reprieve as Bayfield ran up six more runs in the inning and scored another two runs in the fifth. Another Bayfield run in the bottom of the sixth, the game called on the 10-run rule, gave the Wolverines the 13-3 victory.

“We played better than we have been,” said the Pirate assistant coach Trever Kerr. “Bayfield hit really well. We really struggled on our pitching.”

Testament to the Pirate’s malaise on the mound was five home runs scored by the Wolverines in the first game.

Faring no better in the second game, the Pirates went scoreless for the first three inning while allowing four Bayfield runs in the first and three more in the second.

After a scoreless third inning for both teams, Henderson was brought in on a double by senior Cody Bowdridge who was in turn brought in by a single from junior Preston Dale. Pagosa gained a foothold in the inning but ended the inning behind 2-7.

Having pulled freshman right-hander Ty Lovato after the second inning, Pagosa shut out the Wolverines for the following two innings behind right-hander Henderson’s strong pitching. Although junior Paul Hoffman pounded a homer to right in the fifth inning, Pagosa pitching broke down in the bottom of the inning, allowing three more Bayfield runs.

With Dale coming home off a Laverty single, the Pirates closed the gap in the top of the sixth with a 4-10 score. However, another four runs by the Wolverines in the bottom of the inning again ended a game on the 10-run rule with a 4-14 loss for the Pirates.

Nonetheless, Kerr saw an opportunity for lemonade after the losses, saying, “We’re making improvements in a couple of areas. Number one, we’re hitting the ball well and, number two, we’re not making as many fielding errors.”

The Pirates hope to capitalize on those improvements during a heavy schedule for the next week.

Hosting the 2A Ignacio Bobcats today for a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m. at the PSHS baseball field, the Pirates should be able to gain some ground against a relatively unseasoned team.

On Saturday, the Pirates travel to Monte Vista for another doubleheader that starts at 11 a.m. — Pagosa’s second interleague matchup for the season. The Pirates host again on Tuesday at 3 p.m. with a game against the 2A Dolores Bears.

jim@pagosasun.com


Photo courtesy Jeff Laydon
Junior Pirate catcher Paul Hoffman makes a clean stop on first base during Saturday’s doubleheader against the Bayfield Wolverines. Fighting cold, wintery April weather and hot, formidable Bayfield bats, the Pirates dropped both games, 13-3 and 14-4.