Diablos Commit 6 Errors Cowboys Win 6-2

W.D. Barr

The Alpine Cowboys continued their five game series last night against the Douglas Diablos in Bisbee's Copper King Stadium with a 6-2 victory.

As in the first two games they didn't hit for a lot of power, just one extra base hit, but they used timely hitting, along with six errors by the Diablos, to score when they had the opportunity. The Cowboys only left five men on base for the evening and only three of those were left in scoring position.

If there were a downside on the night, and winning cures a lot of downside, it was the twelve strikeouts. Casanova Donaldson took the horse collar with an 0fer night that included five strikeouts.

Coach Stevens shook up the lineup in an attempt to spark the offense and to try and eliminate the infield errors. It worked. Only one error on the infield and overall. John Hotta moved from shortstop to second base. Tyler Heck took right field and Austin Prott was at first base. Riley Smith replaced Hotta at short.

Noah Piard pitched another nice game to improve to 2-0 on the year. He wasn't as overpowering as he was against the Train Robbers when he struck out eleven. He only struck out three Diablos. He did have five innings when he shut down the Diablos 1-2-3 including the eighth and ninth when you want your pitcher to dominate. He only gave up five hits. He didn't walk a batter but he did hit two. Those hit batters come as a result of a pitcher controlling the inside part of the plate. Any pitching coach will tell you that in order for a pitcher to be effective they must control the inside. He recorded seven ground outs and three weak pop ups to the infield because of that control.

The Cowboys staked Piard to a four run lead in the second. Matt Henrickson singled for the team's first hit. Tyler Heck singled with Henrickson moving to second. Riley Smith reached on the first of three Diablo errors in the inning to load the bases. Billy Crowe hit into a 5-2 fielders choice that cut down Henrickson trying to score. Noah Piard reached on a throwing error by the third baseman that scored Heck and Smith. When the left fielder dropped John Hotta's flyball, Crowe and Piard scored. Piard would take over from there.

In the bottom of the fifth the Diablo's Ryan Dimascio was hit by a pitch to start the inning. Aneylo Roman followed with a single to put runners on first and third with no outs. The Diablo pitcher, Edison Alverez, delivered a run scoring single. A fantastic throw by Tyler Heck in right gunned down Aneylo Roman trying to go from first to third on the hit. Ray Roman slapped a single to left to put runners at first and second. Leandro Mateo hit into a 6-5 fielders choice that removed Alverez from the base path but Malguiel Brito singled to score Ray Roman. Jean Batista grounded out to second to end the inning.

In the top of the seventh the Cowboys scored two more runs as singles by John Hotta, Austin Prott and Anthony Renteria loaded the bases. Tyler Heck then delivered a two run single. Heck was thrown out at second as he tried to advance on the throw to the plate. The Diablo third baseman cut off the throw and threw to second to get Heck.
Piard pitched a good eighth and ninth to secure his second win.

The Cowboys are now 7-2 for the season and have the best record in the Pecos League. Austin Prott has a nine game hitting streak going and he leads the team in batting average, .428, home runs, 3, and RBIs with 12. Look for updated player stats on Sunday in the Player Profile section on the home page of the bigbendcourier.com.

Two more games against the Diablos and three against the Bisbee Blue, all at Copper King Stadium in Bisbee, on this road trip and then the 600 mile journey home. The team will have an off day on Monday the 26th of May, Memorial Day, before playing 8 games in 6 days starting with the White Sands Pupfish on the 27th of May.

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