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Pirates drop pair to Bayfield, face bye week

In stark contrast with last weekend’s 47-run outpouring from the Pagosa Pirates over three games, the team scored only four runs in two games this weekend, dropping both games to Bayfield High School in the process.

With last weekend’s losses, the Pagosa Springs High School baseball team is 1-5 in Intermountain League play and 3-13 overall.

Pitching was the name of the game in the first half of Saturday’s doubleheader against Bayfield, with the Pirates falling prey to the Wolverines 1-0.

Senior Tyson Ross pitched a complete game for the Pirates, allowing only one run on two hits, walking three and striking out six. The team erred once in the game.

A Bayfield combination of Matt Knickerbocker and Clay Miller (clocked throwing in the low 80s in terms of mph) allowed three hits, walked two, hit one batter and struck out eight.

The sole run of the game came in the top of the sixth inning on back-to-back doubles by the Wolverines.

The Pirates tallied three hits in the game, two of which came from the bat of Sean Blanchard (a single and a double), with the other coming from Ross.

“Tyson pitched a great game, you know, he really did,” Coach Jim Fait said.

The doubles and errors in the sixth inning were, Fait said, costly.

The next game was a more offensive affair, ending at 17-4 in favor of Bayfield.

The Wolverines jumped out on top in the top of the first inning, scoring two.

Pagosa fought back with one run in the bottom of the inning when Dalton Madden singled up the middle and advanced to third as the Pirates loaded the bases with one out. A fielder’s choice hit by Clay Ross allowed Madden to score.

The Pirates added another run in the bottom of the second, when Keith Archuleta reached first, moved to third on a single by Dean Scott, and scored on a fielder’s choice hit by Madden.

The Wolverines fought back in a big way in the top of the third inning, pushing seven runs across the plate in an inning that saw three different Pirates on the mound and a combination of hits, walks, hit batters, errors and passed balls.

Pagosa looked to chip away at Bayfield in the bottom of the inning, adding another run to the board on a hit from Clay Ross, who advanced on an out and a wild pitch and scored on a sacrifice fly from Luke DeVooght.

Unfortunately, the Wolverines added another four runs in both the fourth and fifth innings, totaling their runs at 17.

The Pirates were able to add only one run to their side of the board, which came in the fourth inning from Madden.

“The second game, we got behind early and had some errors,” Fait said, adding that the intensity level of the team was lower in the second game.

Four Pirate pitchers — Blanchard, Austin DeVooght, Caden Henderson and Madden — jointly gave up 17 runs on 13 hits, walked seven and struck out four.

The team erred four times behind the pitchers.

Despite scoring only four runs in the game, the Pirates notched 11 hits — three from Madden, two each from Austin DeVooght, Clay Ross and Blanchard, and one each from Archuleta and Scott.

“We needed one of those games, we really did,” Fait said. Now, we put ourselves in a position of relying on someone else.”

With a weekend off from varsity action, the Pirates will have no control over their standing in the league until they face Monte Vista on May 5, to round out the regular season.

The top three teams in the league advance to the playoffs.

Bayfield currently sits atop the IML standings with a 4-0 record (8-6 overall). Alamosa sits second with a 2-0 league record (4-8 overall), Centauri is in third at 3-3 (7-10 overall), the Pirates currently sit fourth at 1-5 (3-13 overall), and Monte Vista rounds out the league at 0-4 (2-9 overall).

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