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Moose baseball continues to battle errors, runners LOB

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 19th, 2013

Alamosa shortstop Zach Meyer puts the tag on Paonia’s Josh Altman (24) trying to steal second in the fourth inning after a perfect throw from catcher Matt Benavidez.The “rally caps” came out in the bottom of the seventh inning as seniors Tyler Cerny (5) and Jacob Heaton (2) watched as the Moose’ three-run, two-hit seventh inning came up just short in Saturday’s 7-6 loss to Paonia in Delta. Courier photos by Keith R. Cerny

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DELTA — After collecting Alamosa’s second win of the season on the mound Friday, junior Skyler Timmins stepped it up at the plate Saturday with three RBIs, but the Maroons’ bottom of the seventh rally fell short in a 7-6 loss to Paonia.

The Moose fell to 2-4 on the year with their 1-2 performance against Class 4A teams here at the 13th annual Lloyd McMillan Memorial baseball tournament. AHS will host Salida in a non-league double header today (Tuesday) at 3:30 p.m. at the Ortega Middle School diamond, and will travel to Buena Vista for a single tilt Thursday at 3:30.

Errors and runners left on base continued to plague the Mean Moose in the early going of this season as they committed seven miscues and left seven runners stranded on Saturday.

Senior Jacob Heaton had a respectable start on the hill, allowing just two earned runs on three hits. He walked three and struck out two in suffering the loss. Zach Meyer, also a senior, saw his first action on the mound in relief, striking out four in two innings of work, walking just two and giving up no earned runs.

Alamosa’s seventh-inning rally fell just short with the winning run being left stuck on second base, after Paonia added two insurance runs in the top of the seventh on no hits and four Moose errors to take a seemingly comfortable 7-3 lead.

With one out in the bottom of the frame, Heaton singled and Meyer walked, setting up Timmins’ two-run triple to deep right-center. Timmins would eventually score on a balk, moving Kolby Brubacher to second after he had walked, but a pair of Taylor Katzer strike-outs ended the game.

Jorge Quiononez started for the Eagles, he and Katzer allowing six runs on six hits, but just one earned run, fanning six and walking as many.

Paonia took a one-run lead in first, but Alamosa answered with three in the third when Heaton walked and scored on Meyer’s triple to deep left-center. He would then score when Timmins reached second on an error by two Eagle outfielders. Freshman Brett Pearson then singled in Timmins for an RBI. He also advanced designated hitter Kevin Gutierrez with a sac bunt in the second.

The Eagles battled back with three runs on one hit and two AHS’ errors in the top of the fourth, and added another in the fifth on one hit. Alamosa was scoreless in the fourth, fifth and sixth.

The Mean Moose will open crucial Intermountain League (IML) play on April 6 at baseball rival Bayfield, winners of the last two IML titles.

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