Despite scoring 25 runs in the last week, the Pagosa Springs High School Pirate baseball team only added one win to the books out of three games played, giving the team a 7-7 overall mark and a 3-3 conference record.
That win, however, was against league foe Centauri last Saturday in La Jara, but was bookended by losses.
The first loss came at home last Thursday in a high-scoring affair against the 2A Ignacio Bobcats that ended 27-16.
Following is the inning-by-inning score for the game:
In the top of the first, Ignacio scored two, which was countered by five from Pagosa in the bottom of the inning, 5-2 Pagosa.
Ignacio put up a six-spot in the top of the second, countered by one from Pagosa, 8-6 Ignacio.
Pagosa added two in the bottom of the third while holding Ignacio scoreless, 8-8.
Ignacio broke out with 10 runs in the top of the fourth, including hitting a grand slam. Pagosa scored five in the bottom of the inning, 18-13 Ignacio.
Ignacio scored one in the top of the fifth, 19-13 Ignacio.
Pagosa scored one in the bottom of the sixth, 19-14 Ignacio.
Ignacio brought home eight in the seventh, which was countered by two from the Pirates, bringing the game’s final tally to 27-16 in favor of the Bobcats.
“That was a wild … wild game,” coach Jim Fait stated.
The Pirates tallied 24 hits in the game, including nine triples and a double, but erred seven times and allowed 17 walks by Ignacio.
Ignacio recorded 11 hits and six errors in the game.
No additional stats for the game were available by presstime Wednesday.
Saturday, the Pirates worked to put the game with the Bobcats behind them, traveling to La Jara to take on the Centauri Falcons in a league doubleheader.
Behind Caden Henderson on the mound, the Pirates recorded an 8-0 win.
In the game, Henderson pitched all seven innings, allowing four hits and walking six while striking out 12 for the complete-game shutout.
In support of that pitching effort, the Pirates scored two in the third, three in the fourth, two in the fifth and one in the 7th.
However, the team was unable to keep that motivation going in the second half of the day’s action, and dropped the second game 11-0.
“In the second game, we didn’t hit the ball,” Fait said. The team recorded eight hits in the game.
Fait contributed the loss to control issues from the mound and lack of focus by the team.
But now, with only four games left for the Pirates (two of which are against a league opponent), the remaining league matches take on added importance as the postseason looms.
Currently, Bayfield leads the Intermountain League with a 4-0 mark (12-3 overall), while Centauri (6-3-1 overall) and Alamosa (8-6 overall) are tied for second with a league record of 2-2. Next is Pagosa at 3-3, with Monte Vista trailing at 1-5 (3-10 overall).
Saturday, the Pirates welcome Bayfield to Pagosa for a doubleheader. At the same time, Centauri and Alamosa will be facing off in Alamosa.
“They are a very good ball club,” Fait said, calling Bayfield aggressive with strong pitching. “They’re good all the way through the lineup.”
Then, on May 3, Bayfield and Centauri will meet, while Alamosa will take on Monte Vista.
Combined, the outcomes of those remaining league games will determine who stands as the top three in the league to move on to the playoffs in early May and whose season will end.