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Pirates drop three at tourney, take on Ignacio today

The Pagosa Springs High School baseball team fell to an 0-4 record over the weekend with three tournament losses in Moab.

The first loss of the weekend, 13-3, came at the hands of Grand County High School — the tournament’s host team.

In the Friday game, the Pirates fell to a 6-0 deficit in the bottom of the first inning, but fought back to score three runs in the second inning.

In the inning, Austin DeVooght was hit by a pitch to take first base. A single by Caden Henderson moved DeVooght to third, who then came home on an error.

Henderson scored the second run after advancing on a fielder’s choice and being knocked home on a base hit by Marcos Quezada.

The final run came in the form of Quezada, who scored on a walk to Keith Archuleta.

The Red Devils sealed their win, however, with a run in the bottom of the second, two runs in the third inning, one in the fourth and three in the fifth.

“The problem with that game is we gave up eight walks,” Coach Jim Fait said. “Fortunately, we’re not making a lot of errors.”

In the game, the Pirates walked eight and committed two errors, while giving up 13 runs, eight of which were earned.

Sean Blanchard, who pitched the first inning, gave up three walks and struck out one. In pithing the rest of the game, Tyson Ross walked five and struck out three.

In the game, Henderson went 2-for-2 with a single, a double and one run scored. As a team, the Pirates notched five hits.

Saturday morning, the Pirates played the Beaver, Utah, team at the tournament, again falling by 10 runs.

The Beaver Beavers took a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, but were kept scoreless in the second inning.

In the top of the third inning, the Pirates scored their only run of the day when Joey Campbell walked to start the inning, the Beaver pitcher balked to advance Campbell to second, Campbell moved to third on an error, and was knocked home on a hit from the bat of Dalton Madden.

Beaver then countered in the bottom of the third and fourth innings, with four runs in each inning, to end the game with an 11-1 win.

“They had a kid that threw ... in the eighties; very good pitcher,” Fait said, adding that the Beaver pitcher struck out 11 in the contest. “Fortunately, we got three hits off him.”

Those three hits came from Henderson, Madden and Dean Scott, who each went 1-for-2 on the day.

From the mound, Fait said Madden allowed no runs in two innings.

Nine of the Beavers’ 11 runs were earned and the Pirates walked four in the game.

That afternoon, the Pirates rounded out their play at the tournament against Gunnison Valley, Utah, who improved their record to 5-0 with a 16-4 victory over the Pirates.

“Gunnison Valley really hit the ball well,” Fait said. “Every one of their players hi the ball well.”

And, in fact, the Bulldogs came out with bats hot, knocking around 10 runs in the first inning.

After going scoreless in the second, Gunnison Valley added three in the third inning, two in the fourth and one in the fifth.

The Pirates were able to counter with only four runs in the game, scoring two each in the fourth and fifth innings.

The first Pirate run of the game came around on back-to-back doubles from DeVooght and Ross.

Ross then stole third. After a walked to Caden Henderson, a put-out of Henderson at second allowed Ross to score.

The next inning, Blanchard walked to start the inning before stealing second. A single from DeVooght scored Blanchard, and fielder’s choice from Ross scored Madden, who had earned a walk after the walk by Blanchard.

In the game, the Pirates scored four runs on six hits, while allowing 16 runs on 12 hits, walking 11, striking out two and committing two errors.

Next up, the Pirates play closer to home, with a game against the Ignacio Bobcats in Ignacio this afternoon at 1 p.m. before taking a week off from game action.

“At this point, I just want some positive things to come out of the games,” Fait said.

randi@pagosasun.com

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