Pirate baseball season ends with IML loss

Ending their season hosting the Intermountain League Tournament, the Pirates were unable to finish strong enough down the stretch to pull out a victory against the Bayfield Wolverines, taking an 8-3 loss last Saturday at the PSHS baseball field.

“We had six errors and that was way too much,” said Coach Justin Caler. “Defensively, we need to tighten up.”

Up first with the visitor’s role, the Pirates came up empty after the Wolverines made a double play. Despite a strong performance on the mound from Pagosa senior Don Ames, Bayfield capitalized on a Pagosa error, taking an early 1-0 lead. The Wolverines again scored on another Pirate error in the second and, with a home run to left in the third, Bayfield built themselves a 3-0 lead.

The Pirates came back in the following innings, closing the gap with a two-run triple from senior Wes Laverty in the fourth (while shutting out Bayfield in the bottom of the inning), tying the score early in the fifth with a home run from sophomore Austin Devooght.

Unfortunately, Bayfield closed out the game with another three runs in the fifth (two runs scored on another Pagosa error), another two runs in the sixth, while completely shutting out the Pirates in the sixth and seventh innings with six strikeouts.

Earlier in the day, Monte Vista beat Centauri 12-8 in the other first-round game of the IML Tournament. Bayfield later lost the IML title to Monte Vista when the Wolverines fell 2-0 in the tournament championship game.

Losing just five seniors this year, Caler has hopes for his varsity team that includes four juniors, two sophomores and four freshman.

“We’ve got a lot of kids stepping up,” Caler said, “it just depends on how much effort they decide to put into the off-season. Next year, we can get to state. I’m confident of that.”

jim@pagosasun.com