Pupfish get 8-4 victory over Cowboys
By Karen Boehler
Pecos League writer
ALAMOGORDO — A bit of a struggle by Alpine starter Brad Orosey led to an 8-4 White Sands victory in the second game of the series between the Pupfish and Cowboys, but Alpine manager Ryan Stevens wasn’t worried about the early-season loss.
“My starter, he just didn’t throw well,” Stevens said. “He was off. And we just had some bad breaks and they squirted a couple of balls up into the gap, but I’m not worried. It was bound to happen.”
After Cowboy Casanova Donaldson hit his second home run in as many days to put Alpine up 1-0 in the top of the first, the ‘Fish came back with four in the bottom of the stanza.
After J.J. Costantino started the inning off with a walk, Christian Ramirez reached on an error; Mike Mendoza singled in Costantino; Case Rigby walked and Cody Collins scored Ramirez with a sac fly, making it 2-1 White Sands. Chris DiBiasi then hit a 2 RBI double, and the Pupfish never again trailed.
They made it 5-1 in the second on a Constantino triple and Ramirez double, and 7-1 in the fourth on a Constantino walk, Ramirez triple and RBI sac fly by Mendoza.
Matt Gibbs gave up his second and third runs in the seventh, only one earned, when D.J. Johnson singled, Mike Dobre reached on an error and Johnson and pinch runner Billy Crowe scored on another error.
The Pupfish scored their final run off Matt Mara, in for Josh Trejo, who only allowed one hit in two innings, when Joey Friedman singled and Costantino singled him in. The Cowboys wrapped up the scoring in the ninth when Johnson, Crowe and Kenshoku Takubo walked and Brycen Bell hit a sacrifice off reliever Nick Alexander.
Centerfielder Constantino was 3-for-3 on the day with three runs scored and 1 RBI. Ramirez was 2-for-5 with two runs and 2 RBI; and Mendoza 1-for-2 with with one run and 2 RBI.
Donaldson had another good day for the Cowboys, going 2-for-4 with a single and the home run.
Stevens said a few minor injuries — including a hamstring pull by Dobre — contributed to the loss, but he knows it’s early.
“I’m not worried at all. Second game of the year, still working out some kinks. We’ll be all right.”
The teams meet again Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Aquarium.
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