Friday: Invaders 5, Cowboys 4
After a Thursday loss, the Invaders rebounded Friday with a one-run, comeback victory over the Cowboys at Kokernot Field in Alpine, Texas.
It took the Roswell bats a while to get warmed up, but starting pitcher Eric Gleese kept the Big Green Men in the game with a six-inning, eight-hit performance, allowing just two runs while striking out seven and walking two.
The win went to Ty Geary, entering in the seventh inning and sitting the Cowboys down 1-2-3 with the Invaders down 2-1. Roswell put up four runs in the eight to take the lead for good.
Bobby Webb started things off with a double to center, followed by a base-on-balls to Bradley Cuyos. With two outs, Cody Bishop advanced to first on an infield error and Webb scored. Caleb Patterson was walked, loading the bases for Tobias Moreno, who singled to left to score Cuyos.
Kyle Peralta singled to score Alex Dandridge, running for Bishop, and Kaohu Gaspar singled to push Patterson across home plate to put the Invaders up 5-2.
The Cowboys battled back, as Toby Eigner and Devin Malone each gave up an earned run in the eighth and ninth innings, respectively. But the two right-handers did enough to close out the game for Roswell, striking out five between them.
Webb went 3-for-5 with a run scored, Moreno was 2-for-3 with an RBI and two walks, Gaspar was 2-for-5 with two RBIs, Peralta went 2-for-5 with an RBI and Patterson was 1-for-3 with two runs scored and a walk.
Both teams committed two errors and left 12 runners stranded.
The Invaders and Cowboys begin a doubleheader today and play the final game in the series at 7 p.m. Sunday in Alpine. The Invaders host the Trinidad Triggers at 7 p.m. Monday at Joe Bauman Stadium.
Thursday: Cowboys 18, Invaders 12
In the first of a five-game series with the Cowboys in Alpine, Texas, the Invaders traded the lead with the home team at Kokernot Field through the first half of the game, before a four-run sixth inning put the ‘Boys ahead for good in an 18-12 loss for Roswell.
The Invader offense was firing on all cylinders out of the gate, as Tobias Moreno and Kyle Peralta opened the game with singles before Moreno scored on a wild pitch.
With two outs, Bradley Cuyos advanced to first base on an infield error and Kyle Peralta scored to make it 2-0 Roswell.
Alpine responded with three runs in the bottom of the inning to take a one-run lead, but Roswell answered with a 5-spot in the second.
After Jackson Pritchard was walked, Moreno and Peralta both reached base again. Kaohu Gaspar’s single drove in Pritchard and Moreno, and Peralta eventually scored on a bases-loaded walk.
Caleb Patterson singled to right field, bringing in Gaspar and Bobby Webb for a 7-3 Invader lead.
Roswell starting pitcher Darrell Thompson kept the Cowboys off the scoreboard in the bottom of the second with two strikeouts and a fly out to left field, and the visitors added another run in the top of the third.
But then the floodgates opened as Alpine rattled off seven runs in the bottom of the frame to build a 10-8 advantage.
Neither team scored in the fourth, and Roswell tied the game in the fifth when once again, Moreno and Peralta got on base and Gaspar drove them both home on a single with two outs.
After Dallas Gibson held the Cowboys scoreless in 2 1/3 innings of work, Lance Fairchild took the mound and did the same in the bottom of the fifth, but Alpine struck again in the sixth with four runs.
Roswell scored a couple in the seventh to get within two runs at 14-12, but the Cowboys added four and kept the Invaders off the board in the eighth and ninth en route to the 18-12 final score.
The top of the Invader lineup was in the zone as lead-off hitter Moreno went 2-for-4 with three runs scored and two walks, Peralta was 4-for-6 with four runs scored and Gaspar was 3-for-5 with two runs, three RBIs and a walk. Joey Miller and Patterson each knocked in two runs.
Fairchild took the loss, allowing four earned runs with four walks and two strikeouts in three innings of work. Dylan Porter pitched the final inning, allowing two earned on three hits with one walk.