Invaders hold off Trinidad comeback kids
Roswell pitcher faced only one batter through the minimum through five innings, getting the win with five strikeouts. (Photo by Robert Bailey)
By Karen Boehler
Pecos League writer
ROSWELL � It�s unusual when the losing manager is happier with his team than the winner, but that was the case Tuesday in Roswell.
The Invaders edged Trinidad 12-10, but gave up all 10 of the Trigger runs in the last four innings.
�We played bad baseball in the second half,� said Roswell manager Chris Ebright. �Unacceptable baseball in the last three or four innings. Our hitters came out. Did great. (Starter) Jonathan Sa did great, I think the first 6-1/3, 6-2/3s. Our relievers have to throw strikes. That�s unacceptable baseball in the last three or four innings, and something we�ve got to work on, think about.�
�We didn�t play well for at least seven innings today,� said Trinidad manager J.D. Droddy. �But whether we play well or we play poorly, you�ve got to get 27 outs on us and our guys never think we�re out of it. The last hitter who came up, pinch hitter, is one of the leading hitters in the league, and if he�d have squared it up we�d be up by one, because we had the guys on base. He just didn�t quite square it up, we were that close.�
The Invaders put nine runs oin the board in the first five innings, with only the second scoreless.
After a Chad Kruse single to open the game, Ryan Normoyle hit a shot out of the park to make it 2-0. In the third, Roger Bernal reached on a solid bunt single, advanced on a ground out by Vincent Mejia and scored on a Mike McCarthy single.
The Invaders added another two in the fourth when Sa reached on an error, advanced on singles by Reggie Taylor and Kruse and scored on an out, then Taylor came in on a fielder�s choice.
Roswell�s biggest inning was the fourth, when new Invader Daniel Baptista walked, Andrew Deeds walked and Sa singled, plating Baptista. That left two runns on for reliever Kellen Quintana, who quickly got two outs, but then Normoyle singled in Sa, Bernal was hit and Vincent Mejia brought in Normoyle.
After facing only one batter over the minimum through five � Sam DiMatteo singled in the first � including striking out the side in the fifth, Sa ran into a little trouble in the sixth.
Richie Serritella walked, but was caught stealing. Kellen Quintana, Matt Hunt and Jacob Fabry each singled, plating Quintana, then DiMatteo came up and hit a three-run home run to cut the gap to 9-4. But the Invaders came back with three in the bottom of the stanza.
Baptista singled, Deeds was hit, then, one out later, Taylor hit a shot out of the park that made it 12-4. But Trinidad didn�t hang up their cleats.
�We were down 12-4 in the seventh and we brought it to 12-10 just clawing and scratching and that�s what this team has done all year,� Droddy said. �I told them, we lost the game, I�m so proud of them, though. It�s the old sports cliche, is heart. But this team has the heart. And if you don�t get 27 outs on us we�ll beat you. And we came close tonight.�
Trinidad opened the seventh when Will Leonard reached on an error. Jason Venya followed with a fielder�s choice then Serritella walked. Pinch hitter Mike Goldy singled, loading the bases, and that was it for Sa, who left to big applause.
But a throwing error brought in two runners, and although reliever Chad Hardison got the next two outs, the third run came on an out.
After giving up a triple to Frank Florio to lead off the eighth, Hsardison struck out the side and the Invaders went into the ninth up 12-7.
But Dakota Laufenberg walked Serritella and gave up a Goldy single. A fly ball and fielder�s choice put Roswell one out away from the win, but DiMattero was hit to load the bases and Florio again tripled, this time bringing in three runs.
Ryan Rogers then intentionally walked Bryce Miller and got Wink Nolan to hit right bacj to him, ending the game with a throw to first.
�Our relievers have to come in and shut people down, especially when you�re up five runs in the last inning,� Ebright said.
�We don�t always play well. I don�t know any baseball team that always plays well,� Droddy said. �I think Roswell was beaten by Raton, and I know they�re a much better team than Raton. It happens. Roswell�s got a great team. This first pitcher handled us. Sa? Fantastic job. I think we only got one hit off him until pretty deep in the ball game then we started hitting him. But he did a great job. They played a great game and outplayed us but almost didn�t out-score us. And this has happened before.�
And he hopes it will happen again.
�The last two games we�ve got our No. 1 and No. 2 pitchers, but we�re not conceding tomorrow, either. We don�t concede anything,� Droddy said.
�They�re good. They came out hitting,� Ebright said. �We�re actually going to see their top two pitchers, I do believe, Thursday and Friday, so we better start cleaning it up, or we�re in trouble.�
Trigger shortstop Matt Hunt sails into the air as Andrew Deeds slides into second. (Photo by Robert Bailey)
Chad Kruse bunts for a single. (Photo by Robert Bailey)
Ryan Normoyle rounds the bases after a two-run home run in the first. (Photo by Robert Bailey)
Levi Austin had his first start for Trinidad. (Photo by Robert Bailey)
Misty Hernandez poses with a new Invader mascot. (Photo by Robert Bailey)
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