Cowboys Win 10-9 over Pupfish
The Cowboys returned to Kokernot Field and gave the fans quite a scare before pulling out the win against the Pupfish in the bottom of the ninth on a walk off base on balls to Brian Millimen.
As has been the case thus far, the Cowboys scored first. John Hotta led off with a single but was caught attempting to steal second. Tyler Heck singled and promptly stole second. Looks like Coach Ryan Stevens wants to be aggressive on the base paths. He advanced to third on a single by Austin Prott. Brian Millimen then drove in Heck with the Cowboys fourth consecutive single. The inning ended on a 4-6-3 double play off of the bat of Anthony Renteria.
White Sands scored two in the top of the third on a two out two run home run by JJ Constantino. Those two runs scored were only the second and third earned runs allowed by Noah Piard in 20 innings of work this year.
In the top of the fourth Piard's control and dominance failed him. He walked the lead batter, only his second walk allowed this year, and gave up a single and a double to score a run. Piard then issued a walk to Jacob Anderson and JJ Constantino singled to load the bases. Ryan Zielinski singled to drive in two and the Pupfish had a 7-1 lead.
Alpine scratched out two runs in their half of the third when Matt Henrickson and Billy Crowe were hit by pitches to put runners at first and second with two outs. Andrew Shoemaker, pinch hitting for Noah Piard, singled to drive in Henrickson and Crowe scored on a single by John Hotta. The lead was cut to 7-3.
The Pupfish scored two in the fifth to increase their lead to 9-3. Fernando Frias, who began the year as the starting right fielder for the Cowboys, drew the lead off walk. Jeremy Burrell doubled to drive in Frias. Burrell then stole third and scored on a sac fly by Justin Cook.
The Cowboys came back with two of their own in the bottom of the fifth. With two outs, Anthony Renteria singled and Riley Smith drew a walk. Matt Henrickson smacked a two run double to left center to score Renteria and Smith. The lead was now 9-5.
Relievers Andrew Shoemaker, Ryan Richardson and Ryan Rogers shut down the Pupfish over the last four innings to keep the game as close as it was and allow the Cowboys to fight their way back.
In the sixth, Tyler Heck singled and stole second. After Austin Prott struck out, Brian Millimen singled to score Heck. Anthony Renteria skyed out to center but Riley Smith came through with a single to score Millimen. Now it was 9-7 White Sands.
The Cowboys tied the game in the bottom of the eighth. Tyler Heck singled and came around to score on a towering home run by Brian Millimen. The four runs driven in on the evening by Millimen gives him 24 RBIs in 15 games.
Ryan Rogers, on in relief in the ninth, struck out two and got the other out on a grounder to short to set the Pupfish down in order setting up the ending for the Cowboys.
Pinch hitter Scott Hong flied out to right to start the inning. John Hotta singled and Tyler Heck was hit by a pitch for the second time on the night. I'll have to check the stats but Heck has been plunked a heck of a lot of times. Austin Prott singled and Coach Stevens held Hotta at third. A play at the plate would have been too close for comfort. With one out and the bases juiced, Brian Millimen stepped to the plate. Millimen was 3 for 4 with four RBIs and a home run so the Pupfish pitched him carefully. Too carefully it turns out as Millimen waited out the walk to force in Hotta with the winning run.
Ryan Rogers gets credit for the win but all the relievers deserve some credit. Andrew Shoemaker did a great job in relief. Ryan Richardson does get a hold for his two strong innings and Rogers was perfect in the ninth to pick up the win.
The offense never quit. Going into the bottom of the fifth they were down 9-3. Over their final five innings at the plate they produced 11 of their 18 hits and scored 7 unanswered runs. Congratulations to the pitching staff and the offense.
The Cowboys are now 11-4 with three games remaining against the Pupfish including a double header on Thursday starting at 3 PM. Then they have four against the Douglas Diablos with a double header on Sunday beginning at 3 PM.
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