By Randi Pierce
The Pagosa Springs High School Pirate baseball team suffered its first two losses of the season at last week’s Salida tournament, but ended tournament play with a win, leaving Pagosa with a 4-2 record on the season.
Coach Mike Remlinger said there was “really one inning each game where things just kind of fell apart.”
He added the team “definitely made some progress in two losses, but we definitely have some work to do to compete with Alamosa this weekend.”
The Pirates opened tournament play Friday with a nonleague affair against the Alamosa Mean Moose, but fell prey to the Moose 14-4.
Alamosa broke the game open early, putting up 12 runs in the bottom of the first inning.
Pagosa brought around four runs in the top of the second. Alamosa added another run in the third and one in the fourth.
Pagosa logged no hits in the game, but drew 11 walks.
Those coming around to score in the game were Kaison Clifford, Carson Young-Martinez, Rhead Kay and Timmy Hittle.
Two Pirates had one RBI each: Clifford and Tyler Bowdridge.
Young-Martinez and Kay each had a stolen base in the game.
Taylor Cotts and Luke Wortman combined to allow 14 runs, 11 of which were earned, on 10 hits and five walks while striking out four.
“I felt like for Taylor to stick with it and get through that first inning, then to pitch well after that, that was a huge step,” Remlinger pointed out.
A trio of Alamosa pitchers combined to allow four runs, one of which was earned, on 11 walks while striking out seven.
Pagosa committed four errors in the game, while Alamosa committed two.
Later that day, the Pirates took on the Salida Spartans, but again fell 14-4.
Salida opened the game with a pair of runs in the top of the first, which was countered by a Pirate run in the bottom of the inning.
The Spartans added another two in the second, which Pagosa countered with two in the bottom of the inning.
Pagosa held Salida scoreless in the third while scoring one to tie the game, but gave up 10 runs in the top of the fourth.
Remlinger noted the team had “one inning where we just, we made several mistakes and gave away outs and threw the ball around and just made mistakes.”
Pagosa’s four runs came on five hits: doubles from Braylon Cotts and Bowdridge, and singles from Brodie Norton, Hunter Pouyer and Kay.
The four Pirates scoring in the game were Pouyer, Hittle, Young-Martinez and Kay.
Three Pirates logged an RBI each: Pouyer, Bowdridge and Gavin Hart.
Pouyer stole two bases in the game, while Taylor Cotts stole one.
On the mound, Clifford, Pouyer and Bowdridge combined to allow 14 runs, two of which were earned, on 10 hits and six walks while striking out nine.
Remlinger pointed out he was happy with the way Clifford pitched in the game.
Salida had one pitcher atop the mound for the entire game, who allowed four runs, all earned, on five hits and five walks while striking out four.
Pagosa erred five times in the game compared to Salida’s two.
“We really didn’t swing the bat well at all on Saturday,” Remlinger said, noting that should be one of the team’s strengths and something that can help make up for mistakes.
The next day, Pagosa took on Platte Canyon and broke its losing streak with an 8-5 win.
“Saturday we came out and played a much better game,” the coach said.
The Platte Canyon Huskies took an early lead in the game, scoring two in the top of the first, but Pagosa responded with four runs in the bottom of the inning.
Pagosa went on to add another two in the second and two in the third to take an 8-2 lead.
Platte Canyon brought around three runs in the top of the fifth, but it was too little, too late for the Huskies, with the Pirates taking the win.
A trio of Pirates tallied two hits each: Pouyer, Cooper Evans and Bowdridge (including a triple). Britain Peterson and Taylor Cotts each had one hit.
Pouyer, Evans and Bowdridge also each scored two runs. Summett Abrell and Braylon Cotts each scored once.
Those logging RBIs in the game were Bowdridge, Taylor Cotts and Braylon Cotts.
On the mound, Kay and Young-Martinez combined to allow five runs on six hits and three walks while striking out eight.
“Rhead Kay pitched outstanding and Timmy Hittle did an amazing job behind home plate,” Remlinger highlighted.
The Huskies saw two pitchers take the mound, combining to allow eight runs, six earned, on eight hits and three walks while striking out six.
Pagosa committed one error in the game and Salida committed three.
Overall , the coach noted, one of his highlights for the tournament were the strides the pitching staff as a whole took.
This Saturday, the Pirates will get a rematch with the Mean Moose, this time as a league game. That game will be at 11 a.m. in Alamosa.
“This weekend will be a good show for how we bounce back,”Remlinger said, noting the Salida tournament was “kind of an off weekend for everybody at the wrong times.”
But, he added, “That’s baseball sometimes.”
Remlinger noted the team needs more work situationally on defense and continues to have multiple injured players.
The biggest key against Alamosa, he outlined, will be the team’s offense.
He added that the Pirates will also need to play solid defense and pitch well.
“And they’re a good-hitting team, so pitching well is going to take an effort,” Remlinger said.
Alamosa is 5-2 on the season and 1-0 in league action.
Then, at 1 p.m., the Pirates will take on the Lamar Savages, also in Alamosa.
Lamar is 3-1 on the season.
Tuesday, the team will hit the road for a 1 p.m. game against the 1A Dove Creek Bulldogs.
Dove Creek is 2-5 on the season.