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Baseball team puts two wins on the ledger

The Pagosa Springs High School baseball team had their best weekend of the season, walking away with their first two victories.

The Pirates went 2-2 on the weekend, playing four games in three days.

The action began Thursday in Ignacio, where the squad defeated the Bobcats by a score of 14-6.

Twelve hits and only two errors by the Pirates, combined with good pitching performances by Tyson Ross, Mason Laverty and Sean Blanchard, gave the Pirates positive momentum going into the weekend.

Ignacio took an early lead in the game, scoring two runs in the top of the first inning. The Bobcats tacked another run on the board in the top of the second and another in the top of the third before the Pirates found their swing.

Taking a 4-1 score favoring Ignacio into the bottom of the fourth, Pagosa scored nine runs, taking a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.

“From then on it was pretty much ours,” Coach Dave Close said.

The Pirates added three more runs in the bottom of the sixth inning before allowing two more runs by Ignacio in the seventh and adding one more to their half of the scoreboard, bringing the final tally to 14-6 in favor of the Pirates.

In the game, Mason Laverty recorded three hits, including a two run home-run, Close said.

Lee Clark and Will Laverty added triples to the Pirate scorecard, while Clay Ross and Blanchard added doubles to the hit parade.

After recording their first win on the season, the Pirates headed to the La Junta tournament Friday and Saturday, going 1-2 at the event.

Pagosa dropped their first game of the tournament to Florence High School by a score of 16-3, tallying only four hits on the day.

Two of the hits came from Koby Close, who had a double and a single; the other hits included a double by Clay Ross and a single by Austin Jackson.

Florence’s bats were alive to begin the game, with the Huskies taking a 6-0 lead into the bottom of the first inning.

The Pirates countered with one run in the first, when Blanchard earned a walk, moved to second base on a wild pitch and scored on a single by Close.

Florence continued to add to their score, adding one run in the second and four in both the third and fourth innings.

The Pirates attempted a failed comeback in the bottom of the fourth on a two-run double by Clay Ross.

Additionally in the game, the Pirates committed five errors, four of which took place in the outfield.

Saturday’s first game was the closest of the tournament, with Pagosa losing 14-13 to La Junta.

“That was kind of a sad one for us,” Close said.

The Pirates took a 4-1 lead into the fourth inning, when La Junta countered with five runs in the inning to take the lead.

Not to be outdone, the Pirates added five runs of their own to the scoreboard in the inning.

La Junta added another three in the fifth, while the Pirates added four in the fifth.

Taking a 13-9 lead into the sixth inning, the Pirates allowed two runs in the sixth and three in the seventh to lose the game.

The Pirates tallied their 13 runs on only six hits and committed two errors.

“They looked a little bit like us at the beginning of the year,” Close said of the La Junta squad.

In the game, Blanchard and Close recorded two hits each.

After dropping two games, the Pirates rebounded to defeat Centauri 11-1 Saturday.

Centauri scored their only run in the top of the first inning before the Pirates quieted their bats.

Pagosa scored four in the bottom of the second, three in the fourth and four runs in the fifth inning of the five-run game.

Blanchard pitched all five innings in the game, also recording four hits, including a double.

Mason Laverty had three hits in the game, while Tyson Ross added two, including a double.

In total, the Pirates made contact in the form of hits 16 times in the game and committed no errors.

At bat

The Pirates scored 41 runs over the weekend.

Leading the charge was Blanchard with seven runs.

Will Laverty followed closely behind, crossing the plate six times, while Mason Laverty and Austin Jackson found their way around the diamond five times.

Close scored four times, Keith Archuleta score three times, Tyson Ross and Clay Ross each scored twice, and Lee Clark added one run to the board.

On the mound

The Pirates are continuing their platoon pitching, but are falling into a groove, Close said, with the team learning where the players best fit when not pitching to increase the team’s defensive skills.

On deck

The team will take Friday and Monday off from baseball activity for spring break before resuming practice.

Pagosa will not see action again until Thursday, April 7, when they head to Piedra Vista for a 5 p.m. game (a departure from the scheduled time).

The team then travels to Alamosa for a double header April 9.

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