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Loss to Sargent ends Pirate baseball schedule

SUN photo/Randi Pierce Pirate Joey Campbell knocks the ball during the Pagosa Springs High School baseball team’s final game of the 2013 season on May 2. The Pirates ended the season with a 4-14 record, going 2-6 in league play. In the final game, Campbell had one hit and two runs scored.

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Pirate Joey Campbell knocks the ball during the Pagosa Springs High School baseball team’s final game of the 2013 season on May 2. The Pirates ended the season with a 4-14 record, going 2-6 in league play. In the final game, Campbell had one hit and two runs scored.

Staff Writer

Another season is in the books for the Pagosa Springs High School baseball team, which went 4-14 on the season, and 2-6 in league play.

The 4-14 record matches the team’s record from the 2012 season.

The Pirates’ season ended with a home loss to the 2A Sargent Farmers on May 2.

In the game, Sargent jumped out to an early 7-0 lead in the top of the first inning, but the Pirates countered with four runs in the bottom of the inning.

Dean Scott tripled to start the inning, and was followed by a single from senior Keith Archuleta to score Scott. Following a strikeout of Luke DeVooght, Joey Campbell singled to left, advancing Archuleta to third.

A single by Austin Harker allowed Archuleta to score, also advancing Campbell, who later scored on a passed ball.

Continuing the offense, Tyler Manzanares singled to advance Harker, who would come around to score on a passed ball to make the score 7-4 in favor of Sargent.

Both teams went scoreless in the second, but the Farmers exploded with 11 runs in the top of the third inning on a series of walks, hit batsmen, a three-run double, other hits and errors, increasing their lead to 18-4.

In the bottom of the inning, Pagosa scored one run, when Kennan Goebel walked, stole second and advanced to third on a passed ball during an at bat that walked senior Kevin Crow. Briar Erskine then singled to shallow right field to score Goebel.

While Pagosa held Sargent scoreless in the top of the fourth inning, the team was able to add only one run in the bottom half of the inning, making for a 18-6 score.

With one out, Austin Harker singled to center field and took second with a stolen base. Harker later came around to score on a single by Goebel.

After allowing one more run in the top of the fifth inning, Pagosa scored three in the bottom of the fifth, the last inning of the game.

In that inning, Scott singled, stole second, and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Scott then came around to score on a groundout by Archuleta.

With the score 18-7, DeVooght singled and advanced on a passed ball, scoring on a single by Joey Campbell. A groundout by Harker advanced Campbell.

With two outs, Manzanares was hit by a pitch to extend the inning, and a single by Goebel scored Campbell for the Pirates’ final run in the 18-9 loss.

“Errors killed us,” coach Jim Fait said, adding, “We outhit them, but the errors.”

In the game, Pagosa had 14 hits, compared to Sargent’s 10. Pagosa ended the game with five errors.

Five Pirates had two hits in the game — Scott, Harker, Goebel, Campbell and DeVooght. Erskine, Archuleta, Martin Rodriguez and Manzanares each had one hit.

In the game, Archuleta had three RBIs, followed by two from Austin and one each from Rodriguez, Campbell and Manzanares.

The game was the last for the team’s three seniors — Archuleta, Crow and Chris Mannara.

Despite losing the trio, Fait said eight of the team’s starting nine are expected to return next year, with the coach also anticipating a strong freshman class.

Despite the team’s 4-14 record that matched the 2012 season, Fait considers the 2013 season one of improvement, in spite of the team’s struggles with passed balls and errors.

“As a whole, I feel pretty good, because we did make progress,” Fait said. Fait highlighted the team’s three one-run games, as well as a come-from-behind victory (something the team did not have last season). “I see things getting better.”

randi@pagosasun.com

This story was posted on May 9, 2013.