By Stephen Jiron
MONTE VISTA — With the wind sweeping across Adrian M. Gutierrez Baseball Field the host Pirates (3-10-0) took on Intermountain Rival Alamosa (8-4-0) for a league twofer. The Moose broke loose and took both contests by a large margin. The first game went to the visitors by a score of 20-3 and the second was a 25-4 affair.
Both teams have been getting into the thick of their league schedules. Monte Vista has split two double headers collecting a 2-4 record. Alamosa maintains a perfect record against the IML garnering a 6-0 record. The two wins helped Alamosa’s RPI as well, now the Moose have advanced from 11 last week to the number 9 spot this week.
In both games the two teams played a total of 10 innings. The first game Alamosa took control right away putting away the first inning with a 9-2 lead. From the mound Tyler Zimmerman picked up the win for Alamosa in the first game.
The second game started competitive, even sporting a tied score after two innings. As the game wore on Monte Vista wound up having three pitchers appear. During the fifth inning Alamosa led 9-4 and the game ground to an absolute halt. What followed was a 16 run rally from the visitors that kept the fifth inning in suspended animation.
Kaden Hardesty would score one, a base clearing double from Caden Alonzo scored three, Adam Crowther added a triple to score Alonzo. And so it went, the entire Moose batting order got in on the action before the final two outs came to bring the run to an end. The fifth inning fracas effectively put the game out of reach and shortened it by two innings.
Both teams will get a week of rest and relaxation before taking the diamond once again. Monte Vista will go back at it this Saturday when they host Pagosa Springs for a deuce, the first of two set to begin at 11 a.m.
That same Saturday Alamosa will host Bayfield in a match-up between numbers one and two respectively in the IML. The early game is scheduled for an 11 a.m. start while the late game for a 1 p.m. start. Bayfield suffered their first league loss to Centauri over the weekend.