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Pirates end 2011 baseball season

The Pagosa Springs High School baseball team wrapped up their season Saturday with two more frustrating losses.

The day’s doubleheader pitted the Monte Vista Pirates against the Pagosa Pirates on the latter team’s home field.

Monte Vista took an early lead in game one, scoring three runs in the top of the first inning off a series of errors by Pagosa, walks and a “few good hits,” said Coach Dave Close.

Looking to rebound in the bottom of the inning, Pagosa was able to string together enough offensive moves to tie the score.

Following a strikeout from Sean Blanchard to begin the inning, Austin DeVooght reached on an error and scored on a long triple to right center field by Koby Close.

Close then scored on a base hit by Clay Ross. A base hit by Mason Laverty moved Clay Ross to third, who then scored on a base hit by brother Tyson Ross, tying the game at three each.

The tie continued into the top of the fourth inning, when Monte Vista tacked six runs on the board on a combination of hits, bad plays and walks, taking a 9-3 lead.

Pagosa scored runs in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings, but the attempts were not enough.

In the bottom of the fifth, Blanchard and DeVooght walked, with Blanchard scoring on a single by Clay Ross.

In the sixth inning, Laverty and Tyson Ross singled and, after two strike outs, Laverty scored on a passed ball.

In the seventh, DeVooght knocked his team-leading fourth home run of the season.

The offensive pushes were not enough, however, leaving the home team on the wrong end of a 9-6 score.

In the game, Pagosa tallied six runs on 10 hits, while striking out nine times and committing three errors.

Leading the squad, Clay Ross notched three hits in the game, while Laverty, Tyson Ross and DeVooght each had two hits.

Tyson Ross pitched the first three-and-a-third innings of the game, with Blanchard finishing the game in a strong relief effort.

The hometown Pirates then looked to end their season on a high note as Blanchard turned around took the mound again in game two.

Pagosa looked strong to begin the game, taking a 2-1 lead into the top of the fourth.

Pagosa’s runs came in the bottom of the first inning on a single by Blanchard, who scored on a double by DeVooght, and a single by Close that scored DeVooght.

Unfortunately, Pagosa’s offense ended after the first inning, but Monte Vista’s offense piqued later in the game.

Monte Vista went on to score four runs in the fourth, three in the fifth, three in the sixth and three in the seventh, ending the game with a score of 14-2.

In the game, DeVooght and Close led their team with two hits apiece.

At bat

Clay Ross and DeVooght lead the Pagosa Pirates with four hits each on the day, while Close and Laverty followed with three hits each.

On deck

The season is over for the Pirates, but not all baseball-related activity is over.

Now, the team is awaiting word on post-season conference honors, which will be released when all IML teams are out of the playoffs.

Look for announcement of postseason honors and a season-wrap up in following editions of The SUN.

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