Bucks Season Ends With 2 Loses to Eastland

W.D. Barr

The Fightin' Bucks went to San Angelo on Friday with visions, and yes hope, of advancing to the Regional Quarterfinals in the playoffs.

They lost Friday 7-3 in a game where Alpine made too many untimely errors and they were hitting balls right at the fielders. They got good wood on the ball, and hit it hard, but right at people.

On Saturday they needed to beat the Eastland Mavericks twice. The first game was scheduled to begin at 4 PM but because of the high scoring game played before theirs, the Alpine game didn't get started until about 7 PM.

Maybe the extra time gave the Bucks, and Daniel Rojo, too much time to think about the task at hand. Maybe the adrenelin rush of finally getting underway was to much to corral. In the top of the first, Jeremy Finley, the Maverick catcher, reached first on a strikeout/passed ball and came around to score on three wild pitches. This was not typical Buck baseball nor typical Daniel Rojo.

The Bucks were in trouble in every inning but the second. Too many baserunners. Too many opportunities for the Mavericks.

Still, the Bucks entered the bottom of the fourth four back and with determination, rallied. Dart Dodds led off the inning getting hit by a pitch. After Cody Ivey fouled out to the first baseman, Isaac Gallego ripped a triple to the left field corner scoring Dodds. Sebastian Gerena singled to drive in Gallego and Evan Moore drove a ball into the gap in left center for a run scoring double to narrow the score to 4-3 Mavericks. Had the momentum shifted the Bucks way?

Eastland delivered a crushing blow to the Bucks in the top of the sixth scoring four runs. All the damage was done on four base on balls and three solid singles. All with no outs. Isaac Gallego came on in relief and, after issuing the fourth walk of the inning, struck out the last three batters to limit the damage. What a cruel mistress momentum is, the score was now 8-4 Eastland.

The two teams traded runs in the bottom of the sixth and the top of the seventh but the Bucks could not score in the bottom of the seventh and lost to the Mavericks 9-5.

The season ended on a sour note. The City of Alpine, the families of the players, the school, the coaches and the players themselves all wanted the season to continue.

That doesn't mean these boys didn't accomplish anything. They learned that teamwork, working together, can accomplish some pretty amazing things. They learned about individual accomplishment too. And yes, they learned that life, and the happenings there in, can be a hard thing to accept.

The season is over for these young men but for the seniors life has begun. To those returning, keep your head up and build on this years accomplishments.

Congratulations to the 2014 Alpine Fightin' Buck baseball team!

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