Cowboy Comeback Falls Short In 7-6 Loss

W.D. Barr

The Cowboys scored six runs on eight hits last night but it wasn't enough to win as the Invaders scored seven runs on eleven hits to take the 7-6 victory.

Roswell scored four runs in the second and three more in the seventh to take their fourth win in five games against the Cowboys.

Daniel Thorpe took the mound for the Cowboys in Thursday's contest. He set the Invaders down in order in the first but ran into trouble in the second. Thorpe gave up a lead off single to Matt Streich and Mike Kerns reached on an error by the Cowboy shortstop. After Ryan Retz struck out, Andrew Arp singled to score Streich and Kylin Sims slammed a three run home run to clear the bases and stake Roswell pitcher Josh Mooney to a 4-1 lead.

The Cowboys had jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first when Tyler Heck singled and scored on an Austin Prott double. Alpine got another run in the bottom of the second on a solo home run by Anthony Renteria.

Neither team would score again until the seventh. Daniel Thorpe went six pretty good innings. He scattered nine hits, didn't walk a batter and struck out two.

Andrew Shoemaker started the seventh in relief of Thorpe. Shoemaker gave up a single to Sam Montgomery. A passed ball moved Montgomery to second and he scored on a single by Mike Kerns. Ryan Retz drew a one out walk. Kerns and Retz moved up on a passed ball. Kerns scored on a fielders choice throwing error by the Alpine shortstop that put runners at first and third. Retz scored and the Invaders led 7-2.

Jackson Baker came on to pitch the ninth for Roswell. The first batter he faced, John Hotta, grounded out to second. Anthony Renteria singled and Lee Jay Pollacchi ran for Renteria. Corey Caswell reached safely on an error by the Invader shortstop as Pollacchi advanced to second. Scotty Hong pinch hit in the nine hole and struck out. The Cowboy's Tim Henry hit with two outs and quickly found himself in a 1 ball 2 strike hole. The Cowboys were down to their last strike. Henry was patient and drew the seven pitch walk to load the bases. Casanova Donaldson came through with a two out two run single. Austin Prott singled to score Henry and get Donaldson to third. Donaldson scored on a wild pitch as Prott went to second. The Cowboys had narrowed the score to 7-6 with two outs, a man on second and clean up hitter Brian Millimen at the dish. Alpine's luck ran out as Millimen skyed to center to end the comeback and the game.

Thorpe took the loss for the Cowboys who saw their record drop to 22-9 as they fell into a tie for first with the Invaders who climbed to 21-8. These two teams have three games remaining in this series. A single game on Friday and a double header on Saturday. The homestand continues with four against the White Sands Pupfish and four with the Douglas Diablos. The Cowboy's season ends with four home games against these same Invaders in what could determine the playoff pairings and location.

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