Cowboys take two from Invaders 1-0 and 7-3
What better way to end a four game series against your division rivals then by sweeping a double header by scores of 1-0 and 7-3. The Cowboys did that behind excellent pitching from Pat Lemmo and Brett Kennedy.
In the opener, Lemmo improved to 4-1 on the year by scattering five hits over his seven innings of work. He gave up a single in the first but that runner was erased in a double play. Ryan Retz singled in the second for the Invaders but Lemmo got Andrew Arp to fly out to right to end the inning. In the fourth, Sam Montgomery singled and stole second but Lemmo got the next two batters to fly out to center. Jordan Johnson singled for the Invaders in the sixth and reached third on an error by Casanova Donaldson and a sacrifice bunt. Lemmo calmly got Sam Montgomery to fly out to Austin Prott in right to end the threat. The Invaders got a runner to third with one out in the top of the seventh. Lemmo got Ryan Retz on a 3-1 ground out and Andrew Arp grounded to short to end the game.
The Cowboys were held hitless until a lead off single by John Hotta in the fourth. Hotta was stranded as Tyler Heck struck out for the first out. Casanova Donaldson and Austin Prott both flew out to the outfield to end the inning. The Cowboys put runners on second and third with two outs in the fifth but Pat Lemmo struck out for the third out.
In the bottom of the sixth John Hotta again led off with a single. Tyler Heck was hit by a pitch and Casanova Donaldson loaded the bases with a single. Hotta was out at home on an Austin Prott fielders choice grounder to third. Brian Millimen, up with the bases loaded, was hit by a pitch to force in Heck with what proved to be the winning run.
Pat Lemmo has been extremely effective in his last three starts. He threw a four hit shutout against the Douglas Diablos on May 31st, pitched very well but got no decision against these Invaders on June 7th and with the shutout last night lowered his ERA to 2.83.
The Cowboys won the nightcap 7-3 behind another good pitching performance by Kennedy. Although not as dominating as he has been in previous games, giving up 10 hits, Kennedy got the win and lowered his ERA to 1.85. Kennedy settled down after giving up three earned runs in the third on five consecutive Roswell singles. The Invaders never hit Kennedy hard and Roswell did not get an extra base hit in either of the games.
Alpine scored first. Millimen led off the second inning with a single and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Riley Smith. Millimen advanced to third on Matt Henrickson's fly ball to center and scored on a single by Corey Caswell. The Cowboys lead was 1-0.
Roswell scored all of their runs in the top of the third. Kennedy got two outs on the first two batters of the inning but consecutive singles by Kylin Sims, Jordan Johnson, Jacob Campbell, Sam Montgomery and Matt Streich accounted for the three runs. Kennedy got Dimitri Papantonopoulus on a come backer with two men on to shut down the Invaders.
John Hotta led off the bottom of the third for the Cowboys and went to all the third on a wild pitch. After Tyler Heck drew a four pitch walk, Hotta scored on a Casanova Donaldson grounder to second. The Cowboys had closed the gap to 3-2.
The Cowboys scored again in the bottom of the fourth. Riley Smith got the lead off single, stole second and raced to third on a throwing error by the Invader catcher. Matt Henrickson popped up to shallow center, too shallow for Smith to score, but Caswell hit a sac fly to deep center to plate Smith and the score was tied at 3.
Alpine opened the flood gates in the sixth, scoring four runs on five hits. The Cowboys got another lead off single, their fourth of the game and sixth of the double header, this time by pinch hitter Luke Stark. Stark didn't stand around too long at first as the next batter, Matt Henrickson, went first pitch swinging and hit a towering home run to left center. Henrickson's home run was hit so hard and deep that it would easily have cleared the 20 foot wall in dead center, 415' from home plate.
Corey Caswell followed with a double and Kennedy moved Caswell to third with an infield single. John Hotta was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Tyler Heck hit into a 6-4 fielders choice that scored Caswell. Casanova Donaldson singled to score Kennedy and the score was 7-3 Cowboys.
Kennedy pitched a strong seventh inning, setting the Invaders down in order on just five pitches.
Alpine went 1-3 in Roswell and 3-1 in Alpine against the Invaders. The teams split the eight game home and away series. By winning the last three games the Cowboys are now 25-9, three games ahead of the 21-11 Invaders. These rivals, and consensus favorites to play for the Southern Division title, do not meet again until the final week of the season July 17th through the 20th.
The White Sands Pupfish come to town for four games starting today at 7PM and the Douglas Diablos bring their brand of baseball to Alpine for four games beginning Thursday and concluding with a double header on Saturday.
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