An outstanding effort by Evan Richard carried the Raton Osos (3-3) to an 18-9 win over the Taos Blizzard (1-5) on Tuesday at Gabriele Park.
Richard racked up seven RBIs on three hits for the Raton Osos. He singled in the third inning and homered in the second and seventh innings.
Each team blasted the others pitching, and there were 27 total runs and 30 hits during the game. Both bullpens were busy with nine pitchers used in the game as the skippers of both squads tried to finish it off.
The Raton Osos stamped out any hope for the Taos Blizzard with five runs in the eighth.
Sampel improved to 1-0 on the year by picking up the win for the Raton Osos. He struck out none, walked one and surrendered two hits.
Douglas Diaz ended up on the wrong side of the pitching decision, charged with his first loss of the year. He lasted just one inning, walked five, struck out two, and allowed four runs.
The Raton Osos pounded the Taos Blizzard pitching, as six hitters combined for 10 hits, 14 RBIs and 15 runs scored.