A field that closer resembled a swimming pool than a baseball diamond forced the Pagosa Springs High School baseball team to play two of their four home games on an away field.
Friday rainstorms left puddles throughout the field, rendering it unplayable for last Saturday’s scheduled doubleheader against conference foe Bayfield.
The games were then rescheduled for Tuesday afternoon in Bayfield, where the Pirates fell to the Wolverines in both games.
Game one pitted the Pirate offense against an “ace” pitcher that Pagosa’s head coach Dave Close estimated was throwing in the low 80s in terms of speed.
The Pirates quickly adjusted to the speed in the bottom of the first inning (Pagosa was the home team), stringing together hits by Paul Hoffman, Koby Close, Jordan Caler and Mason Laverty. The hits combined with an error by the Bayfield defense and a suicide squeeze by Pirate Will Laverty, giving Pagosa a three-run lead.
After giving up one run to Bayfield, the Pirates held a 3-1 lead going into the third inning, when the Pirates committed their only error of the game. Following the hiccup by the Pagosa defense, the Wolverines put two on base, followed by a home run. Before the inning was over, Bayfield tacked one more run on the scoreboard, giving them a 5-3 lead.
Pagosa moved within one run of the Wolverines in the bottom of the fourth, scoring one run on singles by Close and Caler.
The Wolverines, however, sealed their win in the top of the fifth, scoring seven to make the game’s final score 12-4.
“They just ripped it all over the lot,” said coach Close, adding that Pagosa committed no errors in the inning.
The Pirates then faced Bayfield left-hander Ryan Terry, who coach Close characterized as a “fabulous player” in the afternoon’s second game, where the Pirates fell 11-0 in a shortened, six-inning game.
Just under half of Bayfield’s runs came in the third inning, when the Pirates allowed five runs on four hits.
In the contest, the Pirate offense stayed quiet, with only two hits allowed by Terry. Terry also struck out nine.
“They just have way too much pitching for us,” coach Close said, adding, “High school baseball is 70 percent pitching.”
At the plate
•?In the day’s first game, freshman Koby Close was perfect on the day with four hits in four at bats, while senior Caler added two hits to the team total of nine.
In the field
• Sophomore Austin DeVooght recorded seven assists while playing shortstop in game one, all off of grounders.
• Senior Jared Burch pitched two innings of shutout baseball for the Pirates in game one, facing eight batters.
Next, the Pagosa Pirates (4-9 overall, 0-2 conference) will face off against their counterparts from Monte Vista (2-0 conference) in a home doubleheader Saturday at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
If the field is again rendered unplayable by late-week moisture, the team will travel to Monte Vista to play the games.