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Baseball season off to rough start, Moab tourney next

The Pagosa Springs High School Pirate baseball team got off to a rough start Tuesday against the 4A Montezuma-Cortez Panthers, dropping the game by a final score of 13-1.

The game was the first of the season for the Pirates.

“It was a tough game,” said Coach Jim Fait, adding, “Cortez is a solid team.”

The Pirates had only one hit in the game, which served to score the team’s only run in the third inning.

In the inning, junior Sean Blanchard walked with no outs. After a strikeout and a put out, freshman Dalton Madden knocked a triple to score Blanchard and put the Pirates on the board.

Blanchard’s walk was the only recorded by the Pirates on the day, while the team tallied 10 strikeouts in their first affair of the season.

The Panthers, meanwhile, notched nine runs in the first, three in the second and one in the third, making for 13 runs in the five-inning game.

“Cortez was pounding the ball,” Fait said.

Freshman pitcher Caden Henderson started the game for the Pirates, pitching two innings and giving up 12 runs, 10 of which were earned, and three walks.

Senior Tyson Ross pitched the final two innings of the game, giving up one run and two hits, while striking out four.

The Pirates walked away with two errors on the day.

“In the third and fourth, we kind of held our own,” Fait said, adding, “I was surprised that our hitting didn’t come around better.”

Now the team is looking to put their frustrating first game in the rearview mirror as they head to Moab for a weekend tournament.

Tomorrow, the team takes on Grand County High School at 1 p.m.

Saturday, the Pirates face Beaver at 10 a.m., for what Fait expects to be the toughest game of the weekend.

At 1 p.m. on Saturday, the team rounds out their tournament play against Gunnison Valley, Utah.

“We just want to move on,” Fait said. “We’ll be fine.”

randi@pagosasun.com

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