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The Pirate baseball team got its exercise in Tuesday, when it broke out for 19 runs and brought home a 19-16 win over the 2A Sanford Indians.
Unfortunately for the team, the win accompanied three losses in the last week, including two to conference leader Bayfield.
The first game last week came on April 25 against Ignacio.
Despite having the home-field advantage, the Pirates were unable to fend off the 2A Bobcats, falling by a score of 3-2.
After Ignacio scored two in the top of the third inning, Pagosa countered with one run in the bottom of the inning, when Dean Scott walked, stole second, advanced to third on an error, and scored on a single by Caden Henderson.
Ignacio scored their third run of the game in the top of the sixth.
Seeking a comeback in the bottom of the seventh, the Pirates scored one run, but were unable to capitalize on a bases-loaded situation. In the inning, Luke DeVooght singled to right field, Henderson knocked a single to center that advanced DeVooght to second, and Kennan Goebel singled to load the bases. Austin Harker was hit by a pitch to score one run in the inning, but no other runs came around.
The Pirates outhit the visiting Bobcats 7-6 in the game, with two hits each from Goebel and Henderson, and one hit each from DeVooght, Joey Campbell and Harker.
At bat, the Pirates struck out five times in the game.
Scott pitched a complete game for the Pirates, allowing three runs on six hits while striking out nine, hitting three with pitches and walking three. Scott threw 120 pitches in the game.
Behind Scott, Pagosa erred twice in the game.
Saturday, the team headed to Bayfield for a conference doubleheader, and returned home with two losses.
In the two game, the Pirates notched only three hits, one each from Goebel (a double off the fence), Campbell and DeVooght, and were unable to score any runs.
“At least we weren’t no-hit,” coach Jim Fait said of facing Bayfield’s pitchers, who have recorded multiple no-hitters and a perfect game so far this season.
Bayfield, meanwhile, broke out for 15 and 21 runs respectively in the games while striking out the Pirates 21 times.
Between the two games, Pirate pitchers Campbell, Scott and Henderson struck out the Wolverines six times.
But, when the team headed to Sanford Tuesday, it was the Pirates’ turn to break out offensively, thanks in part to several passed balls from Sanford.
It was also Pagosa’s only road win of the season, and first comeback win of the season.
The Pirates started out on top in the game, scoring three runs in the top of the first.
Scott was hit by a pitch to begin the game, advancing to second on a single by Keith Archuleta. Both advanced on a passed ball, and DeVooght walked to load the bases.
Harker reached on a fielder’s choice to third, but Sanford recorded the force out at home.
With the bases still loaded and only one out, a passed ball scored Archuleta, advancing the runners, and Tyler Manzanares walked to again load the bases. DeVooght then came around to score on a passed ball, and a double by Campbell scored Harker and Manzanares, putting the Pirates up 3-0 early.
At it again in the second inning, the Pirates increased their lead to 8-0.
To start the offense, Briar Erskine singled to center, followed by Scott knocking a single to left. Both advanced on a passed ball. Archuleta followed with a single to Center that scored Erskine and advanced Scott to third. Both Scott and Archuleta would come around to score on a passed ball and a wild pitch.
Harker and Manzanares reached on walks, scoring on a triple by Campbell to left field.
Sanford, though, countered with five runs in the bottom of the second, and seven runs in the bottom of the third, taking a 12-8 lead.
Four runs in the top of the fourth put the Pirates back in the game, led by a double to center by Archuleta. DeVooght followed with a double to left to score Archuleta. DeVooght then advanced to third on a fly out by Harker. Manzanares reached on catcher’s interference and stole second, and a passed ball then scored DeVooght and advanced Manzanares, who scored on a Campbell single to center.
A pinch-hit single by Kevin Crow advanced Campbell, who later scored on a passed ball, making for a tie game.
The Indians, though, would go on to score two in the bottom of the inning.
Pagosa again tied the game in the top of the fifth, when Scott was hit by a pitch, Archuleta walked, and the pair scored off a DeVooght double.
Again, the Indians countered with two in the bottom of the inning to take a 16-14 lead.
The Pirates would take the final lead of the game in the top of the sixth inning, when they scored five runs.
Martin Rodriguez began the effort, being hit by a pitch, and Erskine followed with a walk. A double by Scott scored Rodriguez and advanced Erskine. Erskine and Scott then came around to score on a double by Archuleta. Archuleta followed by scoring on a sac fly by Manzanares.
Campbell kept the rally going with a single to center that scored DeVooght.
In the game, Archuleta and Campbell notched five hits each, with Archuleta knocking two doubles, scoring five runs and tallying three RBIs. Campbell hit a double, a triple, scored one run and recorded five RBIs.
DeVooght followed with three hits, including two doubles, three runs scored, and three RBIs.
Scott knocked two hits in the game, including one double, scored three times and had one RBI.
Erskine and Crow followed with one hit each, with Erskine scoring two runs.
The game was pitched by Scott (nine hits, 10 runs, three walks, three strikeouts and one hit batsman) and Campbell (five hits, six runs, three walks, six strikeouts and one hit batsman).
“It’s just nice to get the win,” Fait said, noting the performances of Archuleta and Campbell in particular, as well as the comeback win.
Hoping to keep that momentum alive, the team hosts the 2A Sargent Farmers for Pagosa’s final game of the season this afternoon.
Sargent, 10-2 overall, has lost only to Center this year, and has scored 149 runs while giving up only 51 runs on the season. Sargent plays in the same league as Sanford.
Action begins at 4 p.m.