Cowboys Win 4-3 On Caswell Walk Off Double
Whether watching the game or listening on the radio there is that feeling of anticipation just before the game starts. What amazing feat will happen tonight? Great hitting, outstanding pitching, a win for the team? The game last night had all the elements that make the game exciting for fans.
Tyler Heck, Matt Henrickson, Riley Smith, Dustan Sandberg and Brian Millimen all committed errors. Two errors in the first gave Roswell the lead. An error in the sixth gave the Invaders their third run on the night. The Cowboys struck out nine times giving them 64 Ks in the six games against Roswell this season. The team left twelve more men on base with seven of those runners stranded in scoring position. Through the six games the Cowboys have left 57 runners on base.
Pitching was very good. Josh "Big Country" Cruse went five full innings allowing one earned run on five hits. The four relief pitchers following Cruse didn't give up an earned run and gave up only three hits. Ryan Rogers got his fourth win of the year, pitching the ninth and tenth innings.
Roswell drew first blood. The lead off hitter, Jordan Johnson, reached on an error by the Cowboy shortstop, stole second and with two outs, scored when Matt Streich reached first on the second error of the inning by the Cowboys.
The Cowboys got that run back in the bottom of the third. Big Country led off with a single over the head of the Invader center fielder. John Hotta drew the first of his four walks in the game. After Tyler Heck flew out to center, Casanova Donaldson drew a walk to load the bases. Austin Prott singled to score Cruse and the game was tied at one.
Alpine took the lead in the bottom of the fourth. Billy Crowe reached on an error by the Invader third baseman, Andrew Arp. Josh Cruse was hit by a pitch and John Hotta walked to load the bases. Riley Smith grounded out to third to score Crowe and the Cowboys had their first lead 2-1.
Roswell tied the game in the top of the sixth and went ahead in the top of the seventh when Ryan Retz began the inning with a double and scored when Matt Henrickson threw wildly to first on a ground ball by Andrew Arp. The Invaders loaded the bases on two hit batters before Ryan Richardson relieved Travis Renwick and got Sam Montgomery to ground out to second to end the inning. Roswell led 3-2.
The Cowboys tied the score again in the bottom of the eighth. Matt Henrickson singled to lead off. Casanova Donaldson then hit a ball in the gap to left center. Henrickson was waved around third by Coach Stevens and was thrown out at home 7-6-2 on a perfect relay by the Roswell shortstop. Henrickson bowled over the catcher on the play and was ejected from the game as a result of the collision. Donaldson wound up on third with a triple and later scored on a sac fly by Austin Prott.
The interesting thing here is that Coach Stevens would send Henrickson home with no outs, down 3-2 and the heart of the order due up. If Henrickson scores the point becomes moot but the run didn't score and the game went into extra innings tied at 3.
Ryan Rogers struck out the side in the top of the tenth setting the stage for the exciting finish. The Cowboys were quickly down two outs as Riley Smith popped to short and Brian Millimen grounded to third. Billy Smith kept the inning alive with a single. Corey Caswell was called on to pinch hit for Ryan Rogers and hit a gapper to right center that got to the wall as Crowe raced home with the winning run. Final score Cowboys 4 Roswell Invaders 3.
The Cowboys regained a one game lead over the Invaders in their battle for the lead in the Southern Division of the Pecos League. Alpine improved to 23-9 while Roswell fell to 21-9. These two teams are clearly the cream of the crop. With almost half of the season complete, the Bisbee Blue are four games back and the Santa Fe Fuego are four and a half back.
The series concludes today with a double header scheduled to began at 3 PM. The second game will start approximately 30 minutes after completion of the first game. If you can't get to the games you can listen to them on KVLF radio with announcer Derek Pollacchi doing the play-by-play.
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