Center senior pitcher Jose Luis Macias fires a pitch in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader sweep of the Sargent Farmers. Macias pitched all nine innings in the extra innings 7-6 win.
Courier Sports Editor
CENTER—First place in the Southern Peaks League is held by the Center Vikings as they swept a doubleheader from the Sargent Farmers here at Center’s Community Park on Saturday. A walk-off walk in the bottom of the ninth inning helped Center win the first game, 7-6 before they got a 13-3 run-rule victory in six innings in the second game.
With the wins the Vikings are now 9-3 overall and a perfect 6-0 in the SPL. The Sargent Farmers sit at 7-2 overall and are tied with the Del Norte Tigers with a 3-2 SPL record. The Tigers and Farmers will meet in the final weekend of the season.
In the first game, the Vikings jumped out to an early lead where they led 4-1. The lead did not last long though as the Farmers scored five runs in the top of the sixth inning to take a 6-4 lead.
The inning started with a strikeout by senior Jose Luis Macias, however, the ball escaped the grasp of the catcher allowing the batter to reach first base. “From there we gave up two hits, had a play at first and they capitalized on the mistakes,” said Center Head Coach Lloyd Garcia. “We didn’t shut them out like we were supposed to.”
The Vikings battled back in the bottom of the sixth inning as they got runners to second and third before getting a key hit to tie the game. Neither team was able to score until the bottom of the ninth inning where the bases were loaded and walk was captured to push across the game-winning run.
“Both pitchers pitched good games,” said Garcia of the performances.
The Farmers had Nate Ramirez on the hill and he allowed six runs before the coaching staff decided to pull him in the eighth inning. As a pitching staff, the Farmers gave up 11 hits six hits and hit two batters. They did get 14 strikeouts on the day.
Macisas was the winning pitcher for the Vikings as he gave up five earned runs on ten hits, and five walks and three hit batsmen. He gave up five extra base hits, four doubles and one triple but he did get 12 strikeouts.
According to MaxPreps, Garcia selected freshman Avel Martinez as the Player of the Game. “Martinez scored three times and had three hits and was a major contributor to our win,” he wrote. He was 3-for-5 on the day with a triple, double and RBI.
Junior Joshua Arellano had a good day in the leadoff position as he was 2-for-2 with a double, three RBIs and two walks in six plate appearances. Sophomore Alex Stiens got the fifth RBI for the team.
The second game was all Center as Alex Stiens gave up single runs in the first, second and fifth innings but it wasn’t enough to fight off the offensive show the Vikings had.
They scored five runs in the bottom of the second inning before adding four runs in the bottom of the fourth and got a walk-off win in the bottom of the sixth inning for the 13-3 win.
Stiens got the win as he allowed one earned run on five hits, three of which were doubles, one hit batter and two walks. He did get seven strikeouts.
The Sargent pitchers allowed the 13 runs on 11 hits, 11 walks and two hit batsman. They were only able to get five strikeouts.
Senior Servando Moreno was named as the Player of the Game by Coach Garcia. “Moreno was a triple shy of a cycle as he had two RBIs and a home run,” wrote Garcia.
Arellano was 2-for-4 for the Vikings with three runs scored and three RBIs.
The Vikings return to action on Tuesday when they take on the Monte Vista Pirates in a neutral field contest at Adams State University.
Tigers down Trojans in opener of doubleheader
DEL NORTE—Weather allowed the Del Norte Tigers to come out with a 7-4 Southern Peaks League victory in the opening game of a doubleheader here at Del Norte High School on Saturday. Unfortunately a small snow storm rolled into Del Norte forcing the second contest to be suspended as the game was entering the bottom of the third inning with the score tied at 2.
According to Del Norte Head Baseball Coach Keith Brown, the game is scheduled to be continued at 4 p.m. on Thursday afternoon.
In the opening game, the Tigers collected ten hits and capitalized on three Trojan errors to get the 7-4 win. Antonito scored their four runs on six hits and one Tiger error.
Del Norte senior Kris Lohr, who normally suits up as the catcher, was on the mound and captured the win as he gave up four runs on the six hits and four bases on balls. He was able to send 11 batters back to the dugout with strikeouts.
Junior Amadeo Velasquez was charged with the loss as he gave up six earned runs on ten hits and two walks in six innings of work. He got four strikeouts on the day.
Offensively, Darian Garcia went 3-for-3 with three singles, two RBIs and one run scored. Keegan Leckler went 2-for-3 with a triple and a run scored. Kris Lohr was the only other Tiger to capture an extra base hit.
Teddie Klinger was the only Trojan to score an extra base hit as he got a triple. David Silvas went 1-for-2 with two RBIs.
Antonito scored first in the game as Klinger nailed his triple on a line drive to right field to score Julio Alcala, who was at first but attempting to steal second on the pitch. After the top of the second inning, Antonito led 1-0.
Del Norte finally tied the game up at 1 in the bottom of the third inning as Darian Garcia hit one of his singles and a throwing error by the shortstop allowed all the runners to advance extra bases.
Another throwing error by the shortstop in the bottom of the fourth inning allowed a run to score for the Tigers.
The fifth inning is where things went wrong for the Antonito defense as two walks opened up the inning before a bunt single by Garcia scored a run and Lohr hit his double to score another run.
Greg Goldman singled to get another run in. As the dust settled, the Tigers led 7-1.
Antonito scored their final three runs in the top of the sixth.
Before the snowstorm moved in, Antonito had a strong first inning as they scored two before the Tigers countered in the bottom of the second inning.
Tigers fall to Bobcats Friday
DEL NORTE—Saturday’s win over the Trojans came on the heels of a late afternoon loss to the Custer County Bobcats on Friday night. Two quick runs in the top of the third and a single run in the top of the fourth inning is all that it took for Custer County to get the win.
Del Norte scored a single run when Preston Pacheco crossed the plate in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Connor Rowley got the win as he gave up a single run, not an earned run, on five hits and one walk. He had magnificent control of his pitches as he got 18 strikeouts.
Greg Goldman was charged with the loss as he pitched 6 2/3 innings and gave up three runs; only one was earned, on four hits and seven walks. He had three strikeouts.
Centauri, Pagosa Springs split doubleheader
PAGOSA SPRINGS—The Centauri Falcons won a close 2-1 game on the opening side of an Intermountain League doubleheader with Pagosa Springs on Saturday. The Pirates came out of the second game with a 15-10 win in what was a battle to the end.
After allowing a single run in the bottom of the second inning, the Falcons came back and were able to scratch out single runs in the fourth and fifth innings for the win. They were able to get seven hits and six free passes, four walks and two hit batters. They did strikeout 11 times.
In the second game, a 7-run fifth inning was the breaking point for the Falcons because despite a 4-run sixth inning, they could not score anymore.
Between the two teams there were 19 hits, eight walks and 10 errors. Christopher Martin got the win the first game. Micah Keys pitched three innings and Justin Gallegos pitched the last three.