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Moose batting, pitching erupts to sweep Salida

Posted: Wednesday, Mar 20th, 2013

Alamosa junior Skyler Timmins is mobbed by teammates after his grand slam homerun in Tuesday’s nightcap with Salida, swept by the Maroons. Timmins had five RBIs in the first inning alone with the slam and a single. Courier Photo By Keith Cerny

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ALAMOSA– Five RBI’s in a game is a remarkable effort. Alamosa junior Skyler Timmins chalked up five in the first inning alone Tuesday as the Mean Moose swept a double header over Salida, 11-1 and 13-1, both by the 10-run rule.

Timmins grand slam rip over the center field fence in the first frame of the night-cap opened a 10-run Moose explosion over the visiting Spartans. Every Alamosa batter scored in the first inning, Tyler Cerny, whose single knocked in two runs, scored twice when he raced home from second on Timmins’ second hit of the inning.

Moose pitchers Dalton Carleo and Raul Madrill combined for a one-hitter in the second game, which didn’t come until the top of the fifth and final inning, and may have come after a ‘ball four’ count stretched to another pitch.

Just over a week off the basketball court and on to the diamond, senior Zach Meyer’s stellar pitching performance helped the Maroons open the day with an 11-1, six-inning victory. Meyer allowed just four hits and no earned runs, while fanning eight and walking just one in six innings of hurling.

Alamosa’s sweep moved their season record to an even 4-4 overall, but more importantly, 3-2 over Class 3A opponents. The Moose are scheduled to play Buena Vista on Thursday at 3:30 p.m. and open IML play April 6 at conference rival Bayfield, two-time defending league champs.

Moose coach Jason Romero said his team’s pitching was the biggest key to Tuesday’s sweep, but improved defense and timely hitting were factors as well.

“Our pitchers kept runners off base and our throwing and catching is improving,” Romero said. “We’re playing more like a team and our attitudes are becoming positive.”

Contrary to their earlier six games, in Tuesday’s action the Maroons belted 15 hits, including five extra base hits, for 24 runs, allowed no earned runs and just two runs total, committed just two errors and left only 10 runners stranded.

Timmins’ grand slam and five RBIs in the second game helped score 10 runs on seven hits and no Salida errors in the first inning. Jake Heaton, Alec Higel, Cerny and Carleo added singles in the frame that saw 15 Moose batters step to the plate.

“He (Salida’s Matt Trueblood) threw me an 0-2 fastball right in the heart of the plate and I connected,” Timmins said of his grand slam. Of his defense at shortstop in the first game and leftfield in the second, which yielded two double plays and a jumping put out of a line drive at short, he said, “I felt good today.”

Alamosa added three insurance runs in the bottom of the fourth on singles by Matt Benavidez, Heaton, Meyer (2 RBIs) and an RBI sac fly by Cerny.

Salida’s only hit came in the top of the fourth by Daniel McFarland after most scorebooks and the scoreboard showed he should have walked on the previous pitch.

The Mean Moose spotted Salida a 1-0 lead in the first frame of the opener after the only error of the game and an RBI double by Tony Gentile.

Alamosa answered when Heaton reached on an error, stole second, reached third on a passed ball and scored on the “Moose” play as Cerny walked and immediately tried to steal second, allowing Heaton to score when the Spartans got Cerny in a ‘pickle’.

The Maroons added two runs in the second on singles by Higel and Benavidez, and two Salida errors. Two Spartan errors and a single by Brett Pearson led to a Timmins’ run in the third as AHS built a 4-1 lead.

Alamosa put the game in safety mode with three runs in the fourth on Kolby Brubacher’s first of two doubles in the game, and one error. The Moose added three more in the fifth on two hits, including Heaton’s two-RBI triple, and rounded out the scoring in the sixth when Meyer hit a single and Timmins a ground-rule double scoring Meyer for the game-ending run.

Meyer’s win on the hill in the opener came after a sparkling run for the Moose on the hard court. He said the key to his success was being “effectively wild.”

“Curveballs late were working,” he said. “Starting batters off with curves in the late innings through them off.”

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