Pirates fall prey to No. 2 Tigers to end season


    Staff Writer

    The Pagosa Springs High School Pirate baseball team fell prey to the Holy Family Tigers in district action last Saturday, ending Pagosa’s season.

    The Pirates entered the post season as the No. 31 seed, pitting them against No. 2 Holy Family, who now holds a 19-1 overall record and 14-1 league record.

    The Pirates finished the season with a 7-12 overall record and 3-5 league record. All of Pagosa’s wins came on the road, with the team going 0-6 at home, 5-4 away and 2-2 on neutral fields.

    The Pirates scored a total of 107 runs this season, while allowing 180.

    Of that 180 runs allowed on the season, 17 came from the bats of the Holy Family Tigers Saturday.

    In the game, the Tigers scored three in the first, three in the second, broke out for eight in the third inning, and scored three additional runs in the fourth inning, all while keeping the Pirates’ bats silent in the five-inning game.

    “Holy Family was so good. They smacked the ball, they had a pitcher that threw in the low eighties and had a splitfinger we couldn’t hit,” Fait said, calling it a tough loss, but a great experience for the team. “We’re going in the right direction.”

    The Pirates notched two hits and two errors in the game.

    No other stats were available (from the game) by presstime Wednesday.

    The Pirates were not the only Intermountain League team to bow out in the first round, though.

    The Bayfield Wolverines, who entered the post season as the No. 5 seed, were upset by No. 28 La Junta, who then fell to No. 12 University.

    There were two other upsets in the first round of playoffs: No. 26 Florence beat No. 7 Sterling and No. 19 Manitou Springs beat No. 14 Bennett. There were two upsets in the second round: Florence defeated No. 10 The Classical Academy and No. 11 Kent Denver defeated No. 6 Cedaredge.

    The Alamosa Mean Moose, who entered district action as the No. 8 seed, however, remain in the playoffs in the No. 8 hole.

    To advance, Alamosa defeated Colorado Academy and Gunnison last weekend.

    Beginning tomorrow in Greeley, the Mean Moose will face No. 1 Eaton in the first Great 8 game. Other Great 8 matchups include No. 4 Lamar versus No. 5 University, No. 3 Faith Christian versus No. 6 Kent Denver, and No. 2 Holy Family versus No. 7 Florence.

    The Pirates will lose one starting senior this season — Dean Scott — but the rest of the team already has an eye on the future.

    Many of team’s players will now play in a competitive summer league based out of Farmington, Fait said, in order to further their skills. For more information on that league, which is part of the nonprofit Farmington Baseball Congress, call Fait at 903-8571.

    Postseason honors awarded to the Pirates will be included in future issues of The SUN.