The Pirate baseball team brought home its first win of the season last Thursday in convincing fashion.
The Pagosa Springs High School squad defeated the Ignacio High School Bobcats March 22 with a 20-2 final score that included a 15-run second inning.
While the Pirate bats revved up in the second inning, the scoring started in the first inning, when Sean Blanchard was hit by a pitch, stole second, and came around on a fielder’s choice knocked by Dalton Madden.
Then, with one out on the board in the second inning, the Pirates started their offensive frenzy.
Blanchard tripled with one out in the inning, then scored on an RBI by Tyson Ross.
The next batter, Clay Ross, was hit by a pitch. A single by Austin DeVooght scored both Tyson and Clay Ross.
Continuing the inning with a 3-0 score, Caden Henderson singled and, after two wild pitches, DeVooght crossed the plate.
Dean Scott followed with a single to score Henderson, the fifth run of the inning.
An error by the Ignacio second baseman allowed Joey Campbell to reach first, and also served to move Scott to second base.
Keith Archuleta, too, reached on an error, which was followed by a base hit by Blanchard that scored Scott and Campbell, upping the score to 7-0.
Next up, Madden singled to score Archuleta and Tyson Ross walked.
With runners on first and second, Clay Ross notched the second Pirate out of the inning on a pop-up subject to the infield fly rule.
Not deterred by two outs on the board, DeVooght singled to score Madden and Tyson Ross.
Henderson followed with a double to score DeVooght. Scott followed suit, doubling to score Henderson.
Not content with the 12-0 score, Campbell singled, allowing Scott to score, then stole second base.
Archuleta then walked, and both Campbell and Archuleta scored on a hit by Blanchard before the inning ended with a 16-run lead in favor of Pagosa.
Ignacio countered with one run in the bottom of the third inning, but the Pirates struck again in the top of the fourth inning.
In the inning, walks to DeVooght, Henderson, Campbell and Archuleta forced DeVooght across the plate.
After a strikeout, Madden singled, scoring Henderson and Campbell and improving the Pirate score to 19-1.
The Bobcats again countered with a run in the bottom of the inning, but the Pirates added one more run in the fifth inning to finish the game with a 20-2 score.
In the top of the fifth inning, DeVooght walked, advanced on a base hit by Henderson and a fielder’s choice, then scored on a fielder’s choice knocked by Austin Harker.
“We did a great job hitting the ball,” said Coach Jim Fait, adding, “So, finally, our bats woke up and got going.”
In addition to the bats, the Pirate pitching was also a highlight of the game.
Tyson Ross pitched three innings, striking out four and recording the win. Blanchard followed, pitching two innings and striking out five.
Overall in the game, the Pirates scored 20 runs on 15 hits and committed two errors.
DeVooght led the Pirates on the day with four hits, four runs and four RBIs. Scott and Madden followed with two hits each, while a number of other Pirates notched a hit each.
With no game on the schedule for the rest of the weekend, several of the players, parents, supporters and coaches held a work day on Saturday to ready the baseball field for the Pirates’ first home game, scheduled for April 7.
Dugouts were painted, the field and surrounding area were raked, dirt and rocks were moved and repairs made.
“We got a lot accomplished and I appreciate all of their support to get ready for opening day in Pagosa...,” Fait wrote in an e-mail.
But, before the team hosts a game for the first time this season, they travel to Farmington twice, first for a doubleheader against Farmington High School Saturday and on, April 5, for a single game against Piedra Vista.
The New Mexico games should pose a challenge to the freshly activated Pirate hitting, however — New Mexico allows only wooden bats in high school games (Colorado uses BBCOR-certified aluminum bats).
“It’s going to be more of a challenge for us with the bats,” Fait said.
Action against FHS starts at noon and 2 p.m. on Saturday.