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Moose split in opening day action in Delta

Posted: Friday, Mar 15th, 2013

With a look of determination and total concentration, Alamosa junior ace Skyler Timmons works on a masterful three-hitter Friday in a 4-0 victory over Eagle Valley in the Delta tournament. He struck out five and walked just two, also hitting a batter, in the Mean Moose’s second season victory.

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DELTA — It wasn’t exactly Dr. Jeckle and Mr. Hyde, but that’s about what the Alamosa baseball team looked like in opening day action here Friday at the 13th annual Lloyd McMillan Memorial baseball tournament.

Playing nearly flawlessly in the tourney opener Friday morning to defeat Eagle Valley, 4-0, the Moose fell apart in their late afternoon affair, falling to host Delta, 14-0, in five innings. The victory over the Eagles was Alamosa’s first win at this tournament in several years, and the Moose (2-3) get a chance to get back to even for the season when they play Paonia this morning at 10.

Alamosa will host Salida for a double header this Tuesday, tentatively starting at 3:30 p.m. at the new Adams State University field on north Stadium Drive.

Hampered by errors in their first three tilts of the season, the Moose played errorless ball in Friday’s opener here, aided by a three-hit sparkler on the mound by junior ace Skyler Timmons. Alamosa answered with eight hits in the 4-0 win over Eagle Valley. Timmons had a no-hitter going through three innings before giving up one hit each in the fifth, sixth and seventh frames.

Contrarily, Alamosa coughed up eight errors and found only four hits in the 14-4 loss to Delta.

“When we get down early our players just seem to drop there heads and feel sorry for themselves,” AHS coach Jason Romero said. “We set goals for ourselves this week and we’ll see if they stick to them.”

The Mean Moose were in end-of-season form in the opener Friday with key pitching and hitting, particularly when runners were in scoring position, and some impressive defensive plays.

Led by Timmons’ complete game with five strike-outs and just two walks, one hit-batter and just three Eagle Valley hits, the Moose used an impressive four-run, two-out explosion in the third inning to record their second straight victory.

After two fly-outs at the bottom of the line-up, leadoff batter Tyler Cerny ripped a single to right-center, went to second on a wild pitch and scored on Jacob Heaton’s single. Heaton stole second and took advantage of a wild pitch and a passed ball to make it 2-0.

Zach Meyer singled and advanced to second on an error in centerfield and scored on Timmons’ double to deep center. Timmons then scored on Kolby Brubacher’s single.

Freshman Kevin Gutierrez was the only Moose with two hits, but didn’t reach home.

Alamosa’s defensive performance in the opener was marked by centerfielder Heaton’s extreme range in the outfield and a couple of close plays in the infield. In the fifth frame, first baseman Brubacher dived on a line drive to slow it down enough for second baseman Cerny to scoop it up and while sprinting to first, flip it to pitcher Timmons for the narrow out.

After grabbing a 1-0 lead in the first inning, Delta erupted for eight runs on five hits and three AHS errors in the second for a 9-0 lead they wouldn’t relinquish. Alamosa committed another five errors and could only answer with four runs before losing 14-4.

Heaton led the Moose with two hits, including a double, while Meyer and freshman Brett Pearson has Alamosa’s only other hits. Interestingly, senior Alec Higel scored two runs without recording an official at-bat, as he walked twice and scored both times, both on RBI’s by Heaton.

Raul Madril started on the hill for AHS and was relieved by Bryan Ruyball.

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