The Las Cruces Vaqueros (1-11)s four first-inning runs built an early lead that helped bring home a 4-3 win over the Alpine Cowboys (9-4) on Monday at Apodoca Park.
The Las Cruces Vaqueros scored in the first on a two-run double by Alejandro Diaz, a sacrifice fly by Blake Johnson, and an RBI single by Michael Ormseth.
Diaz had two extra-base hits for the Las Cruces Vaqueros.
The Alpine Cowboys had no answer for Guadalupe Barrera, who kept runners off the basepaths in his appearance. Barrera gave up just one hit, allowed no earned runs, walked none and struck out six during his 2 1/3 innings of work.
Ormseth recorded his first win of the year for the Las Cruces Vaqueros. He allowed one run over 5 2/3 innings. He struck out five, walked none and surrendered five hits.
Kevin Klaess (1-1) was the games losing pitcher. He lasted just six innings, walked four, struck out three, and allowed four runs.
The Las Cruces Vaqueros were sparked by Diaz and Nick Howell, who teamed up for three hits and two RBIs.