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Moose crush visiting Redskins, 11-0, Saturday

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 23rd, 2013

Alamosa senior Zach Meyer hook slides past the La Veta catcher for his second run in Saturday’s 11-0, run-rule win over the visiting Redskins. Meyer’s RBI double was one of two extra base hits (Bailey Garcia double) in the Maroons’ non-league win which moved them to 9-6 overall, exceeding last year’s eight total wins. Courier Photo by Keith R. Cerny

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ALAMOSA– Zach Brunelli’s lead-off single was the only hit visiting La Veta could muster Saturday as the host Alamosa Mean Moose sent five hurlers to the hill in a dominating 11-0 non-league, run-rule victory in five innings.

The Maroons improved to 9-6 overall, remaining 2-2 in IML action. Saturday’s win over the Redskins, during which AHS scored runs in every inning, saw 18 Moose players see action in what Coach Jason Romero called a “team bonding challenge.”

Alamosa will resume league play this Saturday with a double header at Centauri, currently second in the IML at 3-1 (6-6 overall) after a split at rebuilding Pagosa Springs (2-4, 3-10). League leading and fourth-ranked (Max Preps) Bayfield moved to 4-0 (13-2) with a pair of no-hitters Saturday over Monte Vista (1-5, 5-9), including a perfect game by Mesa State bound Clay Miller.

The Mean Moose have already exceeded last year’s total wins when they went 8-12 for the year. They will wrap up IML play Saturday, May 4, hosting Monte Vista.

AHS pitchers dominated La Veta this past Saturday, closing the game with 13 straight stikeouts, including a third inning ‘K’ negated by an error by the Moose catcher. Raul Madrill, Zach Meyer, Bailey Garcia, Jake Heaton and Skyler Timmins hurled an inning apiece, giving up just two walks and the one hit, as Coach Romero gave them all a chance to stay fresh for the final four IML tilts.

Alamosa recorded only five hits on the day, but scored in every inning, aided by seven Redskins walks, a hit batter and five errors. The Moose played errorless ball on defense.

The Maroons jumped ahead on the Redskins early when Tyler Cerny and Zach Meyer both walked and both stole second, scoring on errors and passed balls.

Alec Higel opened the 5-run second inning with a single, scoring on Madrill’s base hit. Along with Heaton and Cerny’s walks, all four scored on a combination of La Veta errors, stolen bases and passed balls, capped by Meyer’s RBI double. He scored on a wild pitch.

Alamosa put the game away in the bottom of the fourth frame when Timmins walked and Bailey Garcia ripped an RBI double deep down the third-baseline. Garcia reached third on a wild pitch and stole home to make it 11-0.

“We had a plan about our pitching rotation,” Coach Romero said. “And we had a team bonding challenge to score in every inning, which we did.”

Romero, who is in his fifth year at the helm of the AHS diamond, said his team, including his first eighth grade class, now freshmen, is “buying into the program.

“The future looks bright,” he said.

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