Cowboys Power Their Way To A 12-10 Win Over Bisbee

W.D. Barr

The Cowboys took the second game of their three game series against the Bisbee Blue in Bisbee Arizona by a 12-10 score.

The score might not indicate good pitching but for six of the nine innings the pitching was very good. Josh Cruse pitched well in his five innings of work to get the win. He pitched out of a bases loaded jam in the second. The bases were loaded with no outs when he got the Bisbee catcher, Jonathan Zalud, to hit into a 3-2-3 double play to keep a run from scoring. He then struck out second baseman Jordan Gaweanski for the third out.

Alpine jumped on top early pushing across three runs in the top of the third. Riley Smith singled and Billy Crowe walked to start the inning. With one out, John Hotta grounded out to the pitcher as Smith scored and Crowe moved to second. Casanova Donaldson then singled to plate Crowe. Donaldson would score on an error by the Bisbee catcher and the Cowboys were up 5-0.

The Cowboys would score five more runs in the top of the fifth. John Hotta drew the lead off walk and came around to score on a two run home run by Tyler Heck. After a walk to Anthony Renteria and a single by Matt Henrickson, Brian Millimen cleared the bases with a three run blast. Josh Cruse now had an 8-0 lead.

Bisbee would get three runs back in the bottom of the fifth on two walks and three singles, the last by Kasey Lewandowski to drive in two.

Alpine kept up the scoring in the top of the sixth. John Hotta led off with a single, Tyler Heck was hit by a pitch and Matt Henrickson's single drove home Hotta. Brian Millimen singled to score Heck and Henrickson and Millimen scored on a single by Billy Crowe. The Cowboys now led 12-3.

The Blue scored two runs in their half of the sixth on three singles and a walk that forced in the second run of the inning. Bisbee had cut the lead to 12-5. One got the feeling that a lead, no matter how large, was not safe on this night.

Travis Renwick came on in relief of Mike Straub in the sixth and pitched very well for his 2 inning stint.

Bisbee scored five times in the eighth on two walks, a single, a double, another single, a hit batter and a third single. All of a sudden the seven run lead was cut to two.

Ryan Rogers came on in relief of David Gates in finish the eighth and to pitch the ninth inning.  After getting Ryan Roberts to ground out to short he gave up a double to Daniel Aldrich and walked Chris Allen. With one out and runners at first and second, Rogers struck out Kasey Lewandowski and Jonathan Zalud to get the save and reserve the win for Josh Cruse.

Tyler Heck went 2 for 3 with the home run and Brian Millimen was 2 for 4 with a home run and 5 RBIs. Riley Smith was 3 for 5 on the day and Billy Crowe went 2 for 4.

The Cowboys improved to 9-4 on the year. One more game against Bisbbe on Sunday and then the 600 mile journey home and a much needed day off before beginning the 8 game in 6 days stretch against the White Sands Pupfish on Tuesday 7 PM at Kokernot Field.

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