Cowboys End First Road Trip With A 14-5 Win Over The Bisbee Blue

W.D. Barr

The Cowboys jumped on Bisbee starter Kody Thiebaud for five runs in the first inning last night and never looked back in their 14-5 victory over the Blue.

Except for the third inning, when two Cowboy errors led to three runs, Pat Lemmo pitched an outstanding game to join Noah Piard and Josh Cruse with two wins each in this young season. Scott Hong also pitched extremely well in relief to preserve the victory for Lemmo.

Lee Jay Pollacchi started off the first by drawing a walk. John Hotta and Tyler Heck followed with singles to load the bases with no outs. Anthony Renteria hit a ground ball that forced Pollacchi at the plate and Matt Henrickson struck out but Brian Millimen got things going with a two out three run bases clearing double. Riley Smith followed with a single to score Millimen and Corey Caswell singled to plate Smith who had advanced to second on a passed ball. A solid offensive output had the Cowboys in the lead 5-0 before Pat Lemmo had thrown a pitch.

In the third the Cowboys added a run as Riley Smith singled, stole second and third and scored on a single by Pat Lemmo. Lemmo had a very good night at the plate as well as on the mound as he went 2 for 3 with an RBI.

The Bisbee Blue scored three times in their half of the third with the help of a lead off walk, a double and two errors by the Cowboys. The double off of the bat of Mike Perrone scored Lane Warner and Kody Thiebaud. Perrone was a thorn in the side of Cowboy pitching all night going four for five. Scott Hong struck him out in the bottom of the ninth to keep him off the base paths for the first time

John Hotta singled and Tyler Heck drove him in with a double in the top of the fourth. Heck would score on a sacrifice fly by Anthony Renteria to give the advantage to the Cowboys 8-3.

The Blue scored one run in the fifth as Mike Perrone singled, moved to third on a single by Ryan Roberts and scored on a double by Chris Allen. With runners at second and third and two outs, Lemmo got Kasey Lewandowski to ground into a 6-3 putout to end the threat. The lead was now 8-4.

Alpine scored three runs in the sixth to increase their lead to 11-4 but the Blue would score in the bottom of the sixth on a single by Lane Warner and a run scoring double by pinch hitter Craig Lipp to cut the lead to 11-5.

The Cowboys scored three more times in the top of the ninth. Brian Millimen led off the inning with his fourth home run of the year to take over the team lead in that category. Riley Smith slapped a single to left and pitcher Scott Hong got in on the action by doubling to put runners at second and third with one out. Lee Jay Pollacchi singled to score Smith and Hong scored the fourteenth run of the contest on a single by Tyler Heck.

Pat Lemmo and Scott Hong shut down the Blue in order in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings.

The first road trip is complete. The Cowboys went 5-3 against the Douglas Diablos and the Bisbee Blue. As you read this article the team will be on the road back to Alpine, a grueling 600 mile trip for the road weary players. Monday, Memorial Day, is an off day for the Cowboys before starting a home stand against the White Sands Pupfish and the Douglas Diablos again in an eight games in six days stretch.

The Cowboys are now 10-4 on the year with the Roswell Invaders, who beat the Sante Fe Fuego last night 4-2, keeping pace 1/2 game behind the Cowboys in the Southern Division of the Pecos League.

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