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Baseball team starts season the hard way

Staff Writer

The first weekend of action was a rough one for the Pirate baseball team.

A combination of few hits, several errors and a number of passed balls all worked against the Pirates at the La Junta tournament, where, in three games, the team was outscored 43 runs to six.

“I think it’s just being young,” coach Jim Fait said of the losses, adding that the team is still missing potential starters who were on this year’s basketball team.

In addition to the team being young, the games were also the team’s first time on a field this season, with the team practicing in parking lots and gyms thus far due to inclement field conditions on their home turf.

First up, the Pirates took on the Trinidad Miners Friday, falling 12-0 in five innings.

The Miners scored early and often, scoring six runs in the first inning, one in the second, three in the third, and two in the fourth.

But scoring isn’t the only realm in which the Pirates fell short.

“We didn’t hit the ball at all,” Fait said, adding, “You’re not going to win any games with eight walks and at least three errors.”

The Pirates notched only four hits in the affair, coming from the bats of Marcos Quezada, Dean Scott, Martin Rodriguez and Tyler Manzanarez. The Pirates earned seven walks in the game.

“We’ve got to hit better,” Fait said.

Nine of Trinidad’s 12 runs were earned.

The next day, the Pirates took on Monte Vista and La Junta, with things looking hopeful early.

First, the Pagosa Pirates faced the Monte Vista Pirates, who, although in the same league, faced off in a non-league match.

Pagosa jumped off to an early 2-0 lead over Monte Vista Saturday morning with a two-run hit by Caden Henderson.

Despite a run by Monte Vista in the second, Pagosa went on to hold the lead until the third inning, when Monte Vista scored four.

Monte Vista added another run in the fourth inning.

Both teams crossed the plate four times in the fifth inning, with Pagosa’s total helped by a bases-loaded double by Kenny Goebel.

Those four runs kept Pagosa in the game until the sixth inning, when Monte Vista topped off their win with another six runs.

Monte Vista recorded 10 hits in the game compared to Pagosa’s nine. Pagosa erred three times in the game.

In the game, Keith Archuleta went three-for-four at the plate and Goebel led with his three RBIs.

The last game of the tournament for the Pirates came against host school La Junta, who soundly defeated their visitors 15-0, holding the Pirates to only one hit (a line-drive to right center field by Austin Harker) in the game.

In the four-inning game, La Junta scored seven in the first inning, two in the second and six in the third, totaling 15 runs on 10 hits. The Pirates erred four times in the game.

Fait did highlight a defensive play by Archuleta in the game  —  a diving catch in center field that prevented La Junta from scoring three runs.

“It was a good tournament,” Fait said of the 10-team tournament. “I wish we would have done better.”

And now the Pirates will sit on their 0-3 record for nearly two weeks before they have a chance to better it, with no varsity games on the schedule this weekend.

In lieu of action, the team will meet at their field Saturday for a maintenance day to ready the field for a home game on March 29 against Aztec.

This story was posted on March 21, 2013.