Cowboys Pound Out 22 Hits In 18-3 Victory Over Diablos

W.D. Barr

That rumbling you heard last night wasn't thunder nor did it come from deep within the copper mines beneath Bisbee, Arizona. That was the sound of the Alpine Cowboy's lumber awakening.

They scored 18 runs on twenty-two hits. To put this in perspective, the Cowboys only had twenty-five hits in the first three games against Douglas.

I will talk about the hitting but first to the pitching. Jasper Adams and relievers Anthony Figliolia, Scott Hong, Mike Straub and Ryan Richardson did a great job. They held the Diablos to 3 runs on 7 hits while walking only one and striking out 12. The Diablos only threatened in two innings. Adams looked strong. He struggled a bit in the fourth and gave up two runs in the fifth but even in those two innings he was around the plate and for a bit of bad luck those two runs would not have scored.

The Cowboys scored two in the second when Brian Millimen led off with a single. Anthony Renteria hit into a 1-6 fielders choice that erased Millimen. Tyler Heck then doubled for the first of his five hits on the night that put runners at second and third. Renteria and Heck would score on a Corey Caswell single.

Alpine sent twelve men to the plate in the third and eight of them scored. The big hit of the inning was a two run single by the Cowboy pitcher, Jasper Adams, that scored Tyler Heck and Corey Caswell. There were two walks, a hit batter and an error by the Diablo right fielder to help things along in the inning. Lee Jay Pollacchi had two hits in the inning, a first this year for the Cowboys.

Sometimes in all the noise things may get overlooked. Brian Millimen hit a solo home run, his second of the year, in the top of the fourth for the lone run of the inning.

In the bottom of the fourth, Douglas loaded the bases on two singles and a walk but Jasper Adams got out of the jam by striking out Ryan Dimascio with the bases juiced to end the threat.

In the top of the fifth the Cowboys went 1-2-3. In the bottom of the fifth the Diablos scored their first two runs. Jasper Adams retired the first two batters he faced. He then got pinch hitter Ray Roman to hit a ground ball to short. Riley Smith, Cowboy shortstop, made a bad throw to first on the play and Roman wound up at second. Malguiel Brito followed with a single to score Roman and Jean Batista singled to score Brito. Cowboys 11-2.

The Cowboys scored four runs in the top of the sixth. Dustan Sandberg, pinch hitting for Austin Prott, reached first on a swinging strikeout that got by the Diablo catcher. Brian Millimen singled and Anthony Renteria doubled to score Sandberg and a hustling Millimen who scored from first. Tyler Heck singled and Corey Caswell singled to plate Renteria. Caswell took too wide of a turn at first and was gunned down by the Diablo right fielder for the first out. Riley Smith grounded to second to score Heck and the lead was now 15-2.

The Cowboys would score two more runs in the seventh and a single run in the eighth to make the final score 18-3.

The 18 runs were the most by the Cowboys this year as were the 22 hits. Every starter for the Cowboys got at least one hit. Every starter scored at least one run. Every starter but Austin Prott drove in at least one run. The number four through seven hitters went 13 for 21, a .619 clip scoring 11 times and recording 8 RBIs. Tyler Heck went 5 for 5 and took over the team BA lead with a .444 average. Austin Prott, who went 1 for 3, saw his average drop to .421 although he did extend his team leading hitting streak to 10 games. Brian Millimen, who hit his second home run of the year, raised his average from .259 to .333 on his 4 for 5 night.

All-in-all it was a very good night for the Cowboys, good pitching and excellent hitting. Now for the downside, for what would game analysis be without the downside? The Cowboys committed three errors, one of which was directly responsible for two of the Diablos three runs scored. The Cowboys also left eleven men on base for the evening. It's not correct AP style to insert a smiley face emoticon here so I won't but you see what I mean.

This type of production cannot continue for the next 60 games but it sure was fun for a night. Extrapolating their record over the 70 game season the Cowboys will end the season at 56-14.

The Cowboys record moves to 8-2 with the win while the Diablos fell to 3-5. The Roswell Invaders also won last night to improve to 7-2 on the year 1/2 game behind Alpine in the Southern Division of the Pecos League.

One more game against Douglas and then three against the Bisbee Blue before returning to the friendly confines of Kokernot Field for 8 games in 6 days.

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