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It was dusty, dirty and windy, but the Pirate baseball team fought through the spring weather to add another win to the books Tuesday afternoon.
Unfortunately, the win was accompanied by two losses to Alamosa Saturday, and the team is now 2-9 on the season and 1-3 in league play.
Saturday, the team headed to Alamosa for a league doubleheader, but returned home having been outscored 34-1 — 18-1 in the first game, and 16-0 in the second game. The Pirates’ only run in the games came on defensive interference by Alamosa.
Tuesday, however, was a better day for the team, defeating the 2A Sanford Indians 8-6, led by a complete-game pitching effort from Caden Henderson.
“It was really good,” coach Jim Fait said of Henderson’s performance.
In the game, Henderson threw 120 pitches, including 75 strikes. Henderson gave up six runs, two of which were earned, on six hits, while striking out 11 and walking three.
“His curve ball was working really well,” Fait said, adding, “He really had the kids off balance with that.”
Behind Henderson, the Pirates scored eight runs in the game.
The scoring began in the first inning, after the Indians scored a run in the top of the inning.
To start off the bottom of the inning, Dean Scott hit a leadoff double, which was followed by Keith Archuleta reaching on an error.
Luke DeVooght followed with a single to center field to score Scott (Archuleta was previously thrown out at home). With one run on the board, Henderson was hit by a pitch, Joey Campbell reached on a fielder’s choice, and Austin Harker singled to score DeVooght, giving the Pirates an early 2-1 lead.
The Pirates then added to their total in the third inning, following a run by the Indians in the top of the inning.
In the bottom of the inning, Archuleta reached on an error and advanced on a ground out by DeVooght. Henderson followed with a walk, and Campbell followed with a single to center field to score Archuleta, giving the Pirates a 3-2 lead.
Pagosa increased that lead to 4-2 in the fourth inning, when Tyler Manzanares doubled and scored on a single by Archuleta with two outs.
Then, in the bottom of the fifth, the Pirates broke out for another four runs.
To begin the offensive push, Henderson doubled to center, followed by a groundball single by Campbell. A single to center by Harker loaded the bases.
With the bases full of Pirates, the Indians hit Kennan Goebel with a pitch, walking in a run. A subsequent hit with a pitch of Manzanares walked in the inning’s second run.
Following a strikeout, Dean Scott walked, scoring Harker, and a walk to Archuleta scored Goebel, giving the Pirates their eighth run on the day.
The eight runs came on nine hits by Pagosa, with both Harker and Campbell recording two hits and several others each contributing one hit.
The Pirates walked eight times in the game.
“We still made errors, which we’ve got to correct,” Fait said. The team erred four times in the game. “To beat Centauri this weekend, we can’t have those errors.”
However, Fait said the team is improving, allowing fewer passed balls and hitting well.
Centauri is currently 2-0 in league play, having swept a doubleheader against Monte Vista last weekend.
The Pirates host the doubleheader against conference foe Centauri Saturday, with games at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.