Freight Train

Cowboys take double header from Fuego

W.D. Barr

The Alpine Cowboys played a doubleheader against the Santa Fe Fuego on Thursday and used excellent pitching along with timely hitting to take both games by identical 4-1 scores.

In the first game, Anthony Figliolia scattered six hits to pick up the win. Figliolia walked one and struck out seven while throwing only 87 pitches, 67 of them for strikes.

Austin Prott singled to lead off the fourth. Brian Millimen reached on an error by the Fuego shortstop with Prott advancing to second. Anthony Renteria singled to load the bases and Prott scored as Riley Smith grounded into a 6-4-3 double play.

In the Fuego half of the fourth Craig Massey reached first on an error by Riley Smith. Chevas Numata singled and the Fuego had runners on first and second with one out. Aaron Carmen struck out for out number two but Tyler Cox singled to score Massey and knot the score at 1 apiece.

Alpine put the game away in the top of the fifth. Billy Crowe started the inning by striking out. Anthony Figliolia singled and moved to second when John Hotta followed with a single. Hotta was out at second on a single by Tyler Heck that moved Figliolia to third.  With two on and two outs, Austin Prott homered to score three and put the Cowboys up 4-1.

Figliolia pitched very well. He was ahead in the count to almost every Fuego batter. After getting the lead he set down the Fuego in order in the sixth. He gave up two of his six hits in the ninth but with men on first and second he struck out Omar Artsen to end the game.

Austin Prott and Tyler Heck were both 2 for 4 but Prott had the big three run home run.

Zachrich pitched well for the Fuego but as Coach Stevens said last week, “You can’t stop this freight train!”.

The second game was almost a carbon copy of the first except that Brett Kennedy took the mound, scattered the same six hits but needed 100 pitches to pick up the win. He walked two while striking out seven.

The Cowboys jumped on top in the first. John Hotta drew the five pitch lead off walk. Casanova Donaldson singled to put runners at first and second with no outs. A wild pitch moved the runners to second and third. Hotta scored on a fielders choice that caught Donaldson between second and third. Cowboys lead 1-0.

In the third the Cowboys added a run when Austin Prott singled to score Tyler Heck from third. The lead was now 2-0 Cowboys.

Tim Henry led off the fourth getting hit by a pitch. Brett Kennedy singled to push Henry to second. John Hotta walked to load the bases. Casanova Donaldson hit a sac fly to right to score Henry. Kennedy was pitching well and now had three runs to work with.

The Fuego got a run back in the bottom of the fourth when Nick Billinger and Cutspec singled. Billinger moved to third as Chevas Numata flew out to center. Billinger scored on a single by Craig Massey.

Corey Caswell led off the sixth with a single and moved to second on a ground out to third. Caswell advanced to third as Casanova Donaldson reached first on an error by the Fuego second baseman. Tyler Heck singled home Caswell with the fourth and final run for the Cowboys.

Casanova Donaldson went 2 for 4 with an RBI and Tyler Heck was 1 for three with 2 RBIs.

With the win the Cowboys are 20-5 on the year and winners of 8 games in a row. Roswell came from behind to beat the Douglas Diablos but fell 3 full games behind the Cowboys in the Southern Division race. The Fuego fell to 14-8, one half game behind the Diablos for first place in the Northern Division of the Pecos League.

One more game with the Fuego on Friday then four with the Invaders in Roswell and four more with the Invaders in Alpine.


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