The Pagosa Pirate baseball team recorded its first win of the season Saturday.
Unfortunately, though, the Pirates were outscored 45-19 in three home games last week, resulting in two losses to accompany the win, dropping the Pirates’ record to 1-7 on the season.
The win came in the first half of a Saturday doubleheader with Monte Vista to start off Pagosa’s conference schedule.
After allowing Monte Vista to score one run in the top of the first, the Pirates jumped to a quick start in the bottom of the first inning, scoring five.
The first-inning rally began with a one-out hit by Keith Archuleta, followed by a walk to Joey Campbell. With two on, Caden Henderson knocked a single to score Archuleta.
A subsequent walk of Austin Harker loaded the bases. With two outs and the bases loaded, Kennan Goebel was hit by a pitch, walking in Pagosa’s second run.
A passed ball allowed Henderson to score, and a single to center field by Luke DeVooght score Harker and Goebel, giving the hometown Pirates five runs in the inning.
After keeping Monte Vista scoreless in the top of the second, Pagosa added another four runs in the bottom of the second.
That rally began with a walk to Archuleta, who advanced to second when Campbell was hit by a pitch. Henderson, too, was hit by a pitch, loading the bases.
Campbell later came around to score on a fielder’s choice hit by Harker. Scott was then hit by a pitch, with Henderson scoring, and a base bit by DeVooght scored Harker and Scott.
After giving up two runs to Monte Vista in the top of the third, the Pirates were again at it offensively in the fourth inning, adding two runs to the scoreboard, for a total of 11.
That pair of runs came on a base hit by Scott, who advanced when Goebel reached on an error. With runners on first and second, a base hit by DeVooght scored Scott, and a subsequent hit by Tyler Manzanares scored Goebel.
In the game, DeVooght led the Pirates with three hits and four RBIs, followed by Manzanares with two hits and one RBI. Several other Pirates — Archuleta, Scott, Campbell, and Henderson — recorded one hit each.
Henderson, Goebel, Scott and Archuleta each notched an RBI in the game.
The team struck out five times in the game, while striking out 10 opposing batters.
Campbell pitched the bulk of the game, on the mound five of the seven innings, and struck out eight, walked two and gave up eight earned runs.
“He threw a good game,” coach Jim Fait said.
Scott, in relief, pitched two innings, striking out two, walking two, and giving up one run, which was not earned.
Each team committed one error in the game.
“We were up big and we almost blew the lead, which got me a little concerned,” Fait said, “but we won a league ballgame, which is important.”
Unfortunately for the Pirates, the second half of the doubleheader was not as kind, with Pagosa dropping the game by a 16-6 deficit.
Monte Vista scored one in the top of the first, followed by three in the top of the second.
Pagosa countered with one run in the bottom of the second, when Harker singled, advanced on a single by Scott, and scored on a passed ball.
After holding Monte Vista scoreless in the third, Pagosa added another run on a sequence that included singles by Archuleta and Campbell, Henderson being hit by a pitch, and Archuleta scoring on a fielder’s choice hit by Scott — making the score 4-2.
Monte Vista, though, went on to add another two runs in the fourth and five runs in the fifth.
Pagosa countered with two runs in the bottom of the fifth.
The pair of runs came when Campbell singled and scored on a double by Henderson. Harker then walked and scored on a double by Scott.
Both teams were scoreless in the sixth, but Monte Vista made another splash in the seventh with an additional five runs.
Again, Pagosa was able to counter with only two runs, which came when Henderson was hit by a pitch, Harker reached on an error, and the pair scored on a single by Scott and a throwing error.
Despite the loss, Scott led the team with three hits and two RBIs in the game. Marcos Quezada notched two hits, and Archuleta, Harker, Campbell, Manzanares and Henderson each added one hit.
The Pirates committed three errors in the game.
“Errors hurt us in that game,” Fait said. “That cost us six runs in that game.”
Additionally, the team found little luck with hitting.
“We … hit the ball hard, but we were hitting right at them,” Fait said.
The team’s first loss of the week came on Thursday to the visiting Aztec Tigers, who routed the Pirates 20-2. Aztec outhit the Pirates 23-7 in the game.
The Tigers pounced to a quick start in the game and maintained that momentum, scoring five in the first, one in the second, four in the fourth, one in the fifth, and nine runs in the seventh inning.
The Pirates, however, were able to counter with only two runs, both of which came in the second inning on a series of singles, a walk and a fielder’s choice.
In that game, Archuleta, Scott, Harker and Goebel each notched one hit, while Henderson notched three.
A pitching platoon consisting of Quezada, Archuleta and Scott struck out seven and walked five in the game while allowing 20 runs, 18 of which were earned.
The Pirates erred twice in the game.
This Saturday, league action continues for the Pirates when the team heads to Alamosa for a doubleheader. Game times are 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
“That’ll be a tough game for us,” Fait said. “We’ve got to try to get some victories over in Alamosa, if we can.”
Tuesday, the Pirates welcome the 2A Sanford Indians for a non-league matchup scheduled for 4 p.m.
“They’re usually a pretty good team. They’re usually pretty solid in baseball,” Fait said. “It should be a good game to watch.”