Courier Photo by Eric R. Flores
Centauri's Chris Martin fires a high-arching curve ball to the plate in the first game of Saturday's Intermountain League doubleheader sweep of the Monte Vista Pirates. Martin was credited with the win in the first game.
Courier Sports Editor
MONTE VISTA—The Centauri Falcons capitalized on key hits as they cashed in on a doubleheader sweep of the Monte Vista Pirates in their Intermountain League opener here at the new Adrian Gutierrez Baseball Field at Monte Vista High School on Saturday. The Falcons won the first contest 12-8 before narrowly winning the second game 8-7.
With the two wins, the Falcons improve to 4-5 on the season and a perfect 2-0 in the IML. They are now tied for the top spot in the league standings with the Bayfield Wolverines (10-2, 2-0 IML) and just ahead of Alamosa. The Falcons will return to action this afternoon as they host the Center Vikings in a non-classification clash. They will return to league action on Saturday when they travel to Pagosa Springs to take on the Pirates in an IML doubleheader.
Monte Vista falls to 4-7 on the season, and 1-3 in the IML. They travel to Salida on Tuesday, before hosting the Wolverines on Saturday.
The first game on Saturday saw the two teams combine for 23 hits including 10 extra base hits but the aggressive bats by the Falcons had them reeling in 16 of the hits.
The leadoff batter, Clay McCarrol had a strong day at the plate as he was 4-for-5 with a double and two RBI while Jason Buhr went 3-for-5 with three doubles, three runs scored and three RBI. Micah Keys went 2-for-3 on the day as he clubbed a homer and was walked once en route to four RBIs.
Adrian Moreno led the way offensively for the Pirates by going 4-for-4 at the dish with one being a homer over the left centerfield wall. He had five RBIs in the game.
Chris Martin got the win for the Falcons as he allowed eight runs, seven earned, on seven hits and a walk in seven innings on the mound. He had his strikeout pitch working throughout the contest as he collected 11 punch outs.
Dillon Martinez was charged with the loss for the Pirates as he allowed 12 runs, 11 earned, on 16 hits and one walk. He did get 10 strikeouts in the seven innings he pitched.
Justin Gallegos allowed the Falcons to strike first in the top of the first inning as he stroked a 2-run double to left field before Moreno tied the game in the bottom half of the inning with his 2-run blast.
The Falcons got a lead in the top of the second where they led 4-2. Neither team was able to score until Moreno got an RBI single to left field in the bottom of the third to make the score 4-3.
In the top of the fourth inning, Keys nailed his homer, a 3-run blast, to put them out far enough to seal the win. The Pirates had big innings in the fourth and the seventh innings but it would not be enough to close out the game.
In the second game, Monte Vista scored two runs in the seventh on an RBI single by Moreno and an RBI triple by Jeffrey Cooper. Despite its efforts, Monte Vista couldn’t get the tying run across the plate and the rally came up just short.
The Pirates started the game off on fire as they capitalized on errors and scored five runs to jump out to a 5-0 lead after an inning.
After getting a quick out, things went bad for Monte Vista as the Falcons struck for five in the top of the second inning, the big play coming from McCarrol, who nailed a line drive double to center field to score two runs. Buhr and Keys followed that up with doubles of their own to tie the game.
An inning later, the Falcons were able to squeeze in a single run to take a 6-5 lead before extending their lead to 7-5 in the fourth and 8-5 in the sixth.
Mitchell Wilson Keys, Martin and Buhr combined for nine hits and three RBIs to lead the Falcons well Moreno had three RBIs of his own for Monte Vista.
Keys was the winning pitcher for the Falcons by allowing seven runs, only three of which were earned, on nine hits and two walks. He did get 12 strikeouts on the day. McCarrol was charged with both the errors the Falcons made.
Brandon Cordova got the loss for the Pirates by allowing eight runs, seven earned, on 14 hits and one walk. He did get nine strikeouts in his seven innings of work.
Vikings cruise by Indians
CENTER—Ten wild pitches in the first game of a doubleheader with the Center Vikings showed just what kind of game the Sanford Indians were going to have here at Center Community Park on Saturday afternoon.
After the final pitch was thrown in the windy atmosphere, the Vikings came away with a 12-4 win and a 17-8 win. With the wins, the Vikings improve to 7-2 overall and a perfect 4-0 in the Sothern Peaks League. Meanwhile, the Indians fall to 0-5 overall and 0-3 in the SPL.
In the first contest, seven wild pitches were recorded in the first inning to help fuel a 9-run rally by the Vikings. Sanford pitcher Dustin Faucette faced 14 batters in the inning and he unfortunately had four stikeouts, however only one of them counted as an out as Miles Caldon, who was playing catcher at the moment, was unable to keep the ball from reaching the backstop on the other three. Because of this, the inning continued.
The Vikings struck five hits including a 2-RBI double by Jose Luis Macias.
After leading 9-2 after a single inning, Calder Larsen was able to score a run in his first game for the Indians as he nailed a double to left center before Griffen Peterson traded places with him with a double to left field. The Vikings scored single runs in the third and sixth innings to cap off the game.
Josh Arellano led the Vikings as he was 2-for-5 with a RBI, a triple and three runs scored. Macias was 2-for-4 with a double and three RBIs.
Macias got the win on the game as he allowed four runs on nine hits and three walks. He struck out 16 batters in his seven innings of work.
Dalton Rodriguez led the Indians on the dish as he was 3-for-4 with a double and a run scored.
Faucette got the loss on the day as he allowed 12 runs on nine hits and three walks. He did get 15 strikeouts in his seven innings of work.
In the second game, Sanford jumped out to a 3-0 lead as they scored three in the first frame and didn’t allow the Vikings to score until the bottom of the second inning. Center then erupted for seven runs in the bottom of the third inning to take an 8-3 lead.
The Indians did not go down without a show of life as they tied the game at eight in the top of the fifth after a 5-run inning. That only motivated the Vikings to bring the bats alive as they capitalized on three Sanford errors and scored eight runs before adding another in the sixth to cap off the scoring.
Jacob Mortensen and Avel Martinez had timely hits for the Vikings in the game as they went 3-for-5 and 2-for-2 at the plate, respectively, and had a combined six RBIs. As a team, Center had six doubles and Alex Stiens had a triple. They were aggressive on the base paths as they were a perfect 8-for-8 on stolen base attempts.
Macias, who pitched the first three innings of the game and allowed a single run, got the win.
Goldman throws no-hitter
DEL NORTE—Del Norte Tiger senior Greg Goldman had a stellar outing at the Del Norte Baseball field on Friday afternoon as he collected a no-hitter as the Tigers defeated the Sierra Grande Panthers, 15-2 and 9-2 in a Southern Peaks League doubleheader.
The no-hitter came in the second game as he only allowed four walks and six stolen bases in his five innings he pitched.
Offensively, the Tigers collected 17 hits in three coming from Keegan Leckler. Leckler, who was 3-for-4 at the plate had timely hits as he collected four RBIs in that game.
In the first game, both teams nabbed three hits, but the turning point was four errors by the Panther defense. The Tigers also received seven base on balls.