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Pirates win two, host doubleheader Saturday

In a show of offense, the Pagosa Springs High School baseball team scored 32 runs in three games over the weekend and into this week, adding two wins and one loss to their now 4-7 record.

Saturday, the Pirates swept a doubleheader against the Ignacio Bobcats, in Ignacio.

Game one saw Pagosa fall behind early, with Ignacio leading 3-1 at the end of the fourth inning.

Then, in the fifth, the Pirate bats came alive, scoring five runs. In the inning, Shawn Blanchard knocked a base hit that was followed by Austin DeVooght being hit by a pitch. Tyler Sharp and Koby Close then reached base on Ignacio errors, followed by base hits by seniors Jordan Caler and Preston Dale to bring the run total for the inning to five.

The Pirates continued scoring in the sixth inning, with four runs on four hits by DeVooght, Sharp, Caler and Dale, bringing the game’s final score to 10-3.

Ty Lovato pitched six innings for Pagosa, giving up five hits, three runs (two of which were earned), while walking four and striking out 10.

“Ty Lovato pitched very, very well,” said head coach Dave Close.

The Pirates continued to show their affinity for scoring runs in the day’s second game, as they beat Ignacio 10-6.

Pagosa scored six times over the first five innings to keep pace with the Ignacio bats. Then, with the score tied 6-6 in the top of the sixth inning, the Pirates took an 8-6 lead with base hits by Sharp, Close and Caler that mixed with groundouts to score two.

In the top of the seventh, the Pirates sealed the 10-6 win with base hits by Will Laverty, DeVooght and another knock by Sharp, the combination of which scored two more runs.

From the mound, Pirate relief pitcher Trace Maltsbarger pitched two shutout innings to get the win.

“He threw some strikes and things work out really well,” said coach Close of the performance, while saying of the teams showing, “We’re improving, we’re getting there.”

After Sunday’s day off, the Pirates faced Alamosa Monday afternoon in a makeup game following a March 27 game that was cancelled due to snow on the field.

In what seems to be an unfortunate tradition of starting the game on the losing end, the Pirates allowed eight runs in the top of the first.

In what seems to be a better tradition, the Pirates were again able to claw their way out of the early hole.

By the end of the fourth inning, the Pirates had taken the lead 12-11, helped by a seven-run rally in the fourth that included hits by DeVooght, Blanchard, Caler and Ricky Belarde. In the rally, Mason Laverty also added a double to his stats.

The bottom of the sixth treated the Pirates much like the bottom of the first did, with Alamosa scoring six runs on a number of walks and a few base hits. The Pirates were unable to match Alamosa’s runs, falling to the Mean Moose by a final score of 17-12.

At the plate

• Over the three games, multiple Pirates had five or more hits. Caler tallied seven hits, Close recorded six and DeVooght had five knocks.

•The team continues to work on bunting and playing “small ball,” with apparently positive results based on the strings of hits put together over the weekend.

Up next

Next, the varsity Pirates will see home action, as well as conference action, with a scheduled doubleheader Saturday against Bayfield, starting at 11 a.m.

randi@pagosasun.com