Above: Roswell second baseman Bobby Webb, right, tosses the ball to shortstop Julian Bilodeau to record an out early in the Invaders’ 4-1 loss to Garden City Wednesday at the Joe. (AJ Dickman Photo)
Below: Invaders starting pitcher David Johnson leads campers in stretching exercises Wednesday morning at Joe Bauman Stadium during the second of three Invaders Kids Camps. The final camp is scheduled for June 21 at 10 a.m. For more info, visit roswellinvaders.com. (David Rocha Photo)
The Roswell Invaders fell just short of completing an undefeated five-game homestand Wednesday night, dropping a 4-1 contest against the Garden City Wind at Joe Bauman Stadium.
At about a third of the way through the Pecos League season, the 4-1 stand was crucial, as it kept the Invaders on pace with the Trinidad Triggers at 11-9 and just a couple back of the Alpine Cowboys sitting at 13-7. Last year’s cellar dwellers, the Santa Fe Fuego, currently lead the Mountain Division with a 14-5 record.
Wednesday: Wind 4, Invaders 1
The Invaders dropped a slow-paced rubber match against the visiting Wind 4-1 Wednesday night, as the Invader hitting cooled after putting up big numbers the past four outings.
Roswell had the early lead on their lone run of the game when Joey Miller scored in the second inning off a Jackson Pritchard groundout. Miller was 1-for-2 with two walks.
The Wind scored two runs in both the third and fifth innings to arrive at the final score.
Starting pitcher Alex Dandrige went five innings for the Invaders, giving up four earned runs on four hits, striking out eight and walking six.
Tuesday: Invaders 12, Wind 11
Roswell used a 10-run fourth inning to take an 11-5 lead, but the Wind blew back, scoring six runs in the later innings to tie the game at 11-all and take it to extra innings.
In the top of the 10th, pitcher Devin Malone, who gave up the tying home run in the ninth, allowed the lead-off hitter to single before striking out the next three GC players to keep the surging Wind off the scoreboard for only the third inning of the contest.
In the bottom of the frame, Miller got to first on an infield error before Bobby Webb was intentionally walked with one out. Dandridge was put out on a ground ball for out No. 2, but Miller and Webb advanced.
Roswell walked off for the win when Pritchard singled to bring Miller home. Pritchard went 2-for-5 with three RBIs, a run scored and a base-on-balls.
Bradley Cuyos also had a productive day at the plate, going 2-for-3 with four RBIs and three runs scored.
The Invaders used six pitchers to get the win, with starter Mike Scimanico giving up four earned runs over three innings. Roswell had eight errors to Garden City’s three, but the Kansas squad left 19 runners stranded.
Monday: Invaders 9, Wind 5
Roswell led wire-to-wire Monday night, scoring a few early runs and a 4-spot in the sixth to defeat Garden City 9-5 in the opener of a three-game series.
Miller and Webb each went 2-for-4 with a run scored and walk while driving in three runs between them. Cuyos was 1-for-3 with two RBIs and two walks.
David Johnson got the win on the mound for the Invaders with a strong five-inning performance, allowing two earned runs and striking out eight with a single walk in his first start of the season.
Sunday: Invaders 9, Cowboys 8
The Invaders sent the Cowboys down the ol’ dusty trail with a one-run loss Sunday night in a back-and-forth game that featured four lead changes. Roswell took the scoreboard advantage for good with three runs in the seventh.
Relief pitcher Toby Eigner closed the game, but it wasn’t easy, or pretty. Eigner plunked the first hitter, then allowed a single and sac-fly RBI to let the Wind get within a run. Two walks followed, loading the bases, but John Giakas was put out at home when Reggie Cerda put the ball in play.
The final Wind batter grounded to short for the final out and and the series win for the Invaders.
Cuyos was 2-for-4 with three RBIs and three runs scored, Tobias Moreno went 3-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored, Kaohu Gaspar was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and a walk and Ed Reichenbach went 2-for-3 with a run scored and a walk.
Eric Gleese went six innings from the hill, allowing five earned runs and striking out six. Lance Fairchild picked up the win, going 2/3 of an inning with two strikeouts.
Saturday: Invaders 13, Cowboys 5
After a loss in Alpine two nights earlier, the Invaders exacted some revenge on their Mountain Division rival Saturday night with a 13-5 shellacking.
Alpine scored a run to open the game, but a nine-run Roswell second inning gave all the momentum to the home squad.
Roswell pounded out 14 hits and only left five runners on base, while Alpine stranded 14 throughout the night. Six Invaders had multiple hits, with Gaspar leading the charge going 3-for-4 with five RBIs and two runs scored.
Darrell Thompson was the winning pitcher with six innings of work, allowing three earned runs on nine hits with six Ks and two BBs.
The Invaders head back to Alpine for a five-game series with the Cowboys Thursday through Sunday, including a Saturday doubleheader at Kokernot Field, aka the Rodeo.
The Big Green Men return to the mothership Monday to begin a three-gamer with the Triggers at the Joe. All games begin at 7 p.m.