Invaders crush sloppy Cowboys on Deeds grand slam
Ryan Normoyle slides back safe just ahead of the catch by Cowboy Joel Carranza. (Photo by Robert Bailey)
By Karen Boehler
Pecos League writer
ROSWELL — Neither thunder, lightning, rain nor an almost 45 minute rain delay could keep the Invaders from getting back on the winning track Thursday, as Roswell crushed Alpine 13-4 back at home in Joe Bauman Stadium.
It was a fitting way to start what the Invaders probably hope is another long win string, as they scored big in several innings, never trailing against the Cowboys.
“We had two errors today, which is better than we’ve done in the last two games, and we hit the ball in the situations we needed to,” said manager Chris Ebright. “We had a great pitching performance from Jonathan Sa, and Matt Faiman came in for one. Eric Lambe came in for one and we hit.”
The started hitting in the first, going up 2-0 on singles by Ryan Normoyle, Roger Bernal, Charles Dubanoski and the first of six Alpine errors. Those errors were just one of the things that had Cowboy coach Ryan Stevens understandably unhappy after the game.
“Our pitcher threw poorly. We looked like we were still asleep in the van from traveling here today, which is absolutely no excuse,” he said. “We’ve rolled off vans and we’ve stomped two teams. There should be no excuse for that. We’re leaving too many runners on base. Striking out too much. Eight errors or six errors, whatever the case may be, is completely wrong. That’s terrible on our part. We’re far too good a team for that. And a solid baseball team like Roswell is going to capitalize on it.”
And that’s what they continued to do.
After the Cowboys came back with one run in the second — Sa walked Logan Lotti and Tyler Rost, a single to former Invader Bryce Bell and a scoring sacrifice by Shane Youngdale — Roswell added three in the third to never trail again.
Alpine starter Youngdale got the first two outs of the stanza, but then allowed Vincent Mejia to single; walked Dubanoski and Nate Theunissen hit a shot that was picked up by the strong winds to left ands sent the ball out of the park.
Youngdale helped his own cause in the fourth, singling in Lotti, who earlier singled and advanced on two outs, but Roswell had another three-run inning in the fifth. This time, Bernal reached on an error and Mejias homered, then, after Theunissen reached on catcher obstruction, Deeds singled and another Alpine error brought Theunissen home.
The Cowboys had their only multiple-run inning in the sixth when Lotti walked, Tyler Rost singled and, with two outs, Sa threw a wild pitch and in trying to recover, an Invader error brought two runners home.
But Roswell came back big in the bottom of the stanza.
Chad Kruse doubled off Gilbert Barrera, then, after an out, Bernal singled him home. Mejia struck out for the second out, but Dubanoski walked and Theunissen again reached on catcher obstruction, loading the bases.
That set up the situation for Andrew Deeds, who nailed the third Invader home run of the day, a grand slam.
“He’s a guy who, in that situation, he’s going to try for it,” Ebright said. “He’s just a great kid. He’s seeing the ball well lately, so it just happened to come.”
It wasn’t Deeds first grand slam — he had two in college — but that didn’t make it any less special.
“They’re special every time,” he said. “I’m just trying to put a good swing on the ball and one just happened to go out.”
And is it true he was trying for the dinger?
“I’m trying to send something in the outfield,” Deeds said. “Not particularly a home run. I want to get the run in, maybe two.”
That put the score at 13-4, which is where it stayed until the final out, which was looked to be a routine pop fly to the third-base side of the infield. But Lambe, catcher Dubanoski and third baseman Kruse all converged on the ball, which dropped untouched between them. Luckily, Lambe got Lotti to strike out, and the game really was over.
“Pitchers, they just need to get out of the way,” Ebright said of the laugh-inducing hit. “Throw the ball and just lay down. Our pitcher was thinking he could catch it, and that’s bad for first base and third base when the pitcher thinks he can catch it. And it didn’t make me happy but our kids played a good game.”
Which is something Alpine didn’t do.
“We’ve got to clean it up,” Stevens said. “We’ve got too much sloppiness. Even up to this points, 10 games into the season we’re 7-3 and I’m still not happy with where we’re at at all. I think we’re a 9-1 team right now, because tonight we deserved to get our butts kicked. We came out, we looked like a deer caught in the headlights. And that’s unacceptable. We’ll be back. We’ll be all right.”
Ebright agreed, saying it won’t be any easier Friday.
“They’re a good team. They’re better than what they showed tonight and it’ll be a tough three games coming up.”
Andrew Deeds slides back to first as Joel Carranza awaits the throw. In the sixth, all Deeds had to do was trot around the bases, as he hit a grand-slam home run. Photo by Robert Bailey)
Jonathan Sa pitched a solid six innings for Roswell, getting the win. (Photo by Robert Bailey)
Shane Youngdale was one of several Cowboy pitchers who got roughed up by the Invader bats Thursday. (Photo by Robert Bailey)
Vincent Mejia makes the catch at second. (Photo by Robert Bailey)
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