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Baseball team hosts doubleheader Saturday

Add another heartbreaking weekend to the tally for the Pagosa Springs High School baseball team.

The team headed to Alamosa Saturday for a doubleheader.

The first game in Alamosa saw the Pirates lose another two-run lead in the bottom of the seventh inning, handing them their third one-run loss of the season.

The squad began the game on top, with Austin DeVooght hitting a home run in the top of the first inning, only to be matched by an Alamosa run in the bottom of the inning.

The Pirates struck again in the top of the second, loading the bases with a walk to Will Laverty, a double by Tyson Ross, a walk to Clay Ross and, after two strikeouts, a two-run double by Sean Blanchard.

Alamosa tacked runs on the board in the third and fourth innings, tying the game.

Pagosa then jumped to a two-run lead in the top of the fifth on a single by Close, a single by Mason Laverty and, again after two strikeouts, a single by Will Laverty scored Close. A passed ball allowed Mason Laverty to round the bases.

Not to be outdone, Alamosa added three runs to the board in the bottom of the inning.

The Pirates fought back in the top of the sixth when Blanchard reached on an error and scored on a double by Koby Close.

Mason Laverty joined Close on base after being hit by a pitch and moved up when Close scored on an error by the Alamosa defense, later coming around to score himself.

The Pirates attempted to continue their scoring ways and pad their 8-6 lead in the top of the 7th, but were unable to score despite loading the bases.

Looking for three outs in the bottom of the seventh was futile as the Buccaneers committed three errors on three consecutive plays, allowing Alamosa to score the three runs needed to win the game.

“We just made critical errors,” Coach Dave Close said.

Tyson Ross pitched the complete game for Pagosa, allowing only six hits.

In the game, the Pirates tallied eight runs on nine hits while committing four errors.

The Pirates continued erring as the second game of the day got underway, committing another four errors in the bottom of the first inning as Alamosa scored eight runs. Pagosa committed six errors total in the game.

In addition to their fielding woes, the Pirate bats seemingly took a break in the game as Alamosa shut out Pagosa, holding them to a “windblown” hit by Blanchard and a double by Close.

“The pitcher for them was pretty good,” Coach Close said of the 10-0 shutout, adding, “We just didn’t hit the ball.”

The team traveled to Farmington Tuesday for a makeup game against Piedra Vista (an earlier date was postponed due to inclement weather) and jumped out to a good start, which unfortunately sizzled as quickly as it started.

In the first inning, Blanchard hit a line-drive single to left field, followed by a line-drive double to left field by DeVooght. Close knocked in two runs with a hit off of the center field fence.

Two other runs in the game came largely because of walks. The third run of the game came after walks put DeVooght, Mason Laverty and Close on base, with Tyson Ross knocking in one on a base hit. The fourth run of the game was walked home.

“We’re having a tough time getting the ball in play and we’re having a tough time catching it,” Coach Close said of his team. “I think our pitching’s getting a lot better.”

In the field

Despite a bevy of errors on the weekend, Close, as catcher, provided a ray of sunshine, throwing out six runners trying to steal — four at second base and two at third base.

At the plate

Fifteen of the Pirates’ 18 hits on the weekend came from four players — Close recorded five hits, Blanchard knocked four hits and DeVooght contributed three, as did Tyson Ross.

“We’ve got to get people hitting a bit more,” Coach Close said.

On deck

This weekend, the Pirates hope to have their bats and gloves in top form as they welcome the Centauri Falcons to the newly-remodeled baseball field and complex near Golden Peaks Stadium for the first home doubleheader of season.

Six of the Buccaneers’ last eight regular season games will be played in front of a home crowd.

Action starts with game one at 11 a.m. and continues with a second game at 1 p.m.

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