Courier Photo by Keith R. Cerny
Kole Kelley, a first-year high school baseball player as a senior, hook slides to home plate after a wild pitch following his first career hit in Saturday’s second game against Pagosa. He also had an RBI on his hit.
ALAMOSA– Domination on the hill and at the plate resulted in back-to-back routs of Intermountain League (IML) foe Pagosa Springs by the host Mean Moose on Saturday, 18-1 and 16-0, both in five-inning, run-rule decisions.
Pitchers Skyler Timmins and Bailey Garcia gave up just three hits in the combined games, the latter throwing a one-hitter in the nightcap, and each fanned 10 Pirate batters. Alamosa hitters recorded a total of 31 hits for the day including 11 for extra bags, led by Timmins’ two doubles, triple and a switch-hit (left handed) homerun to dead centerfield (7 RBIs).
The victories moved the Maroons to 8-6 overall and 2-2 in IML action. Bayfield continues to lead the league at 10-2 overall (2-0 IML). Centauri improved to 4-5 (2-0 IML) on the year with a pair of close wins over Monte Vista (4-7, 1-3) on Saturday. Pagosa dropped to 1-9 (1-3).
AHS Coach Jason Romero said he was pleased with his team’s overall performance that allowed him to get a lot of players some time on the diamond.
“Our dugout was really into it,” he said. “We got the runs in when we needed too.”
The Mean Moose used explosive innings to put the Pirates away in the first game, notching 16 runs on 14 hits and three PSHS errors in the second, third and fourth innings combined. That was followed with a 13-run, 10-hit, 4-error outburst in the second inning of the closer.
Six AHS batters hit .500 or better for the day, led by Jake Heaton’s 5-for-6 effort with two doubles and three RBIs. Fellow seniors Alec Higel (4-for-5, double, triple, 4 RBIs), Zach Meyer (4-for-6, triple, 4 RBIs) and Tyler Cerny (4-for-7, 2 RBIs) were also red hot.
Timmins, who went 4-for-8 on the day, all for extra bases, and Garcia (3-for-5, double, 2 RBIs) rounded out the top performers at the platter.
Swarmed by his teammates at the plate, Timmins, a junior, led off the third inning with his left-handed dinger. He hit a grand slam homerun earlier this year from the right side.
“I’ve been practicing switch-hitting with my brother (Dustin) ever since I started playing baseball,” Timmins said. “We were so far ahead, I thought what the heck, I’ll try it.”
Starting on the hill in the first game, Timmins didn’t give up a hit until the fourth inning when the Pirates got back-to-back singles. On the flip side, Pagosa hurlers Joey Campbell and Dean Scott coughed up 16 hits, walked four while only striking out two. They also gave up four balks.
Alamosa jumped out to a 2-0 first inning lead when Cerny singled to left and Meyer reached on an error, both scoring on wild pitches after stealing second and third respectively.
An RBI double by Higel opened the six-run second frame, also marked by a Heaton double and Meyer’s long triple to right-center that saw the lanky senior score on a bad throw to the plate. The Moose added six more runs in the third on hits by Higel, Heaton, Cerny, Meyer, Timmins (double), and Garcia.
Alamosa batted through their order three innings in a row. The last four runs came on five hits in the bottom of the fourth, Heaton leading off with a double, a Cerny single, Timmins’ triple, another triple by junior Kevin Gutierrez and pinch hitter Brian Ruybal’s single.
After a scoreless first inning in the second tilt, the Moose exploded for 13 runs on 10 hits and four Pirate errors in the second frame, again sending 12 hitters to the plate, with every batter scoring at least once. Higel’s two-RBI triple led the Maroons, but the biggest highlight of the inning was senior Kole Kelley’s first career hit.
Kelley, known for his prowess on the wrestling mat and gridiron, went out for baseball for the camaraderie and to contribute anything he can, has made some outstanding plays in the outfield this season.
Alamosa added a run in the third and two in the fourth on Timmins’ round-tripper and singles by Kolby Brubacher, Ruybal and Jake Kunugi.
Garcia collected the win on the hill giving up just one single in the third. He struck out 10 and walked just one. The Pirates sent three hurlers to the mound with little success.
“It felt great to get my first home start,” said Garcia, a junior transfer from Monte Vista who had to sit out the first half of the season due to a CHSAA ruling. “I’ve been working on fundamentals a lot, and my curve and fast ball were really working today.”
Alamosa will host La Veta in a non-league contest today (Tuesday) at 4 p.m. and won’t resume IML play until they travel to Centauri on Saturday, April 27th for a double-header (11 a.m., 1 p.m.).