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Pirates split doubleheader with Falcons, face Bobcats today

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SUN photo/Randi Pierce Austin Harker receives the ball as a Centauri runner slides into second for a stolen base during the front end of last Saturday’s doubleheader. The tag was just late on the play, and the Falcon was called safe. While the Pirates lost the first game 2-1, they would go on to defeat the Falcons 15-10 in the second game of the day.

SUN photo/Randi Pierce
Austin Harker receives the ball as a Centauri runner slides into second for a stolen base during the front end of last Saturday’s doubleheader. The tag was just late on the play, and the Falcon was called safe. While the Pirates lost the first game 2-1, they would go on to defeat the Falcons 15-10 in the second game of the day.

The Pirate baseball team added another win to the books Saturday as it split a doubleheader with conference opponent Centauri.

The team is now 3-10 on the season and 2-4 in league action, with five games left in the regular season.

The first game of Saturday’s doubleheader was a pitchers’ duel, with Caden Henderson on the mound for the Pirates.

Pagosa scored only one run in the affair, which came in the second inning, when Henderson was hit by a pitch to start the inning. He later advanced on a passed ball and scored on a single to center field by Tyler Manzanares.

Centauri, however, scored a run in each the fourth and fifth innings, ending with the 2-1 win.

“We had our chances,” coach Jim Fait said. “We left a lot of people on base, and that’s what hurt us in the end.”

Tyler Manzanares and Kennan Goebel led the team with two hits each in the game, followed by one hit from each Keith Archuleta, Dean Scott and Henderson.

Henderson pitched a complete game, allowing two runs on seven hits, while walking four and striking out 11.

The day’s second game, though, was in stark contrast to the first game, with the Pirates winning by a score of 15-10.

Centauri took an early lead in the top of the first with one run, but the Pirates fought back with three runs in the bottom of the inning on a series of doubles.

The first double came from the bat of Scott, followed by a double to center field from Archuleta that scored Scott. Following an out and a walk to Henderson, Manzanares double to right field to score Archuleta. Not yet done, Henderson scored on a dropped third strike to Connor Brown.

The Pirates were at it again one inning later, in the bottom of the second.

With one out in the inning, Scott was hit by a pitch, then stole second. Archuleta then singled to short, landing runners at first and second. A fielder’s choice hit by Marcos Quezada and a controversial call by the umpiring crew loaded the bases. Next, Henderson was plunked on the helmet, walking in the Pirates’ fourth run. Manzanares then hit a sacrifice fly to score Archuleta and score the second run of the inning.

Centauri countered with one run in the top of the third on an error by the Pirates, but Pagosa fought back with three additional runs in the bottom of the third thanks to a series of walks.

Austin Harker walked to lead off the inning and, with one out, Joey Campbell and Scott walked to load the bases with Pirates. Archuleta then singled to left, scoring Harker and Campbell and advancing Scott to third. A sacrifice fly by Quezada then scored Scott, making the score 8-2 in favor of the home team.

Centauri would go on to score four in the top of the fourth, while the Pirates would go scoreless in the bottom of the inning, decreasing their lead to 8-6.

Not content with the score change, Pagosa held Centauri scoreless in the top of the fifth inning, but added seven runs of their own to the scoreboard in the bottom of the inning, thanks in part to a number of errors by the Falcons.

Campbell was the first to reach in the inning, finding his way to first on an error by the Falcon first baseman.

Scott followed with a double, and Archuleta reached on an error by the Falcon shortstop, scoring Scott and Campbell in the process.

Henderson was the next Pirate to reach on an error, with Archuleta advancing to third on the play.

A passed ball scored Archuleta and advanced Henderson.

Then, with one out in the inning, Luke DeVooght reached on an error to score Henderson, with Harker following by reaching on an error and advancing DeVooght on the base path.

Goebel followed with a double off the left field fence, scoring DeVooght. Harker and Goebel then both scored when Campbell reached on an error for the second time in the inning.

In addition to his jaunts around the bases, Campbell was the Pirates’ winning pitcher for the afternoon, giving up eight runs (two earned) on seven hits in five innings. He also walked four and struck out 12, leading Fait to highlight his performance on the day.

Scott pitched two innings in relief, allowing two runs (one earned) on two hits, while striking out three and allowing no walks.

Backing up the 15-strikeout performance of the Pirate pitchers was the lineup, led by Archuleta with three hits and four RBIs — another performance Fait highlighted. Scott notched two hits on the day (both doubles), and Quezada, Harker, Goebel, Manzanares and Henderson added one hit each. Manzanares had two RBIs on the day, and Quezada, Goebel and Henderson each knocked in one run.

Pagosa erred four times in the game, compared to the Falcons’ six errors.

With a 2-4 league record, the Pirates sit fourth in the conference, behind the Bayfield Wolverines (4-0, with a 10-game win streak underway), Centauri (3-1), and Alamosa (2-2). Monte Vista trails Pagosa with a 1-5 conference record.

Today, the Pirates welcome the 2A Ignacio Bobcats to Pagosa for a 3 p.m. affair, and head to Bayfield for a league doubleheader Saturday, with games scheduled for 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

“They hit the ball real well,” Fait said of the Bobcats. “I think we’ll do OK in that game.”

Bayfield, however, should prove to be a challenge, with a potential playoff appearance at stake, with the top three conference teams advancing beyond the regular season..

“Bayfield’s talented. They have great pitching and great hitting,” Fait said. “We have to win those games if we want to make a playoff run.”

randi@pagosasun.com

This story was posted on April 25, 2013.