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Alpine Cowboys lead Taos Blizzards in series

May 23rd, 2013 under Sports

ALPINE – After rolling into town from Alamagordo from a five-game series with the White Sands Pupfish without much time to spare, the weary Alpine Cowboys fended off the Taos Blizzards for 11 innings in their opening home game at Kokernot Field on Sunday, May 19.

(Photo by Karen Boehler) Alpine Cowboys Mike Castrignano started for Alpine, but got no decision in five innings against The White Sands Pup Fish.

Despite their exhaustion, the Cowboys started off strong, with Joel Carranza bringing home three runs in the first inning with a home run and the team scoring four more runs in the fourth.

The Cowboys were held off from scoring any more runs by the Blizzards, who began to catch up with through the ninth inning, forcing the game into overtime with a 7-7 tie.

After having exhausted their bullpen, the Cowboys’ final relief pitcher, Carlos Camacho held off the Blizzards at the top of the 11th inning, bringing Taos’ third relief pitcher, Sam Briend, to the mound. With a Cowboys double and a walk, Derrick Fox caught the ball for a single, bringing Logan Lotti home for the win.

The Cowboys met the Blizzards at Kokernot field the next day for the second of their four games in the series.

Both teams held each other off for the first two innings, as Alpine starter Brad Orsey and Taos pitcher Tyler Stuckey ended each inning quickly.

Taos took the lead in the top of the third inning with three runs and allowed Alpine two in the bottom of the inning.

Taos began slipping in the fourth and fifth, allowing a total of  ten Cowboys to reach home plate, a story for the Blizzards that continued

(Photo by Karen Boehler) In Alpine Cowboys vs. The White Sands Pup Fish game in Alamogordo, Cowboy Mark Leacox gets the out at third.

as Taos reliever Mike Russo allowed seven runs with only one hit in the fifth.

The next three innings were scoreless for the Cowboys, but the deficit was too deep for the Blizzards, who managed to add two more runs in the seventh inning, to regain control of the game, which ended with a 15-5 final score.

The Blizzards were able to take the third game in the series with a score of 11-7.

The Cowboys will face off against the Pecos League leaders the Roswell Invaders for a four game series beginning tonight at 7pm.

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