Copyright © 2021 Roswell Daily Record
Copyright © 2021 Roswell Daily Record
The Invaders bounced back Monday night with a walk-off 4-3 win over visiting White Sands after dropping the final two games of a four-game series with Trinidad on Saturday and Sunday. The win gets Roswell to 7-5 on the year.
Invaders 4, Pupfish 3
Each team scored a pair of runs in the opening frame, with Bobby Webb scoring Tobias Moreno on a sac-fly and Kaohu Gaspar scored on Joey Miller’s single.
White Sands took a one-run lead in the fourth and held on to it until the bottom of the eighth when Julian Bilodeau scored on a sac-fly by Louie Martini.
Devin Malone kept the Pupfish off the scoreboard in the top of the final frame and then White Sand’s pitcher Jackson Metcalf helped the Invaders cause by walking the bases loaded. Ed Reichenbach entered the game to bat for Malone and took the first three pitches for a 3-0 lead before swinging and missing twice.
With the pressure on, Metcalf nailed Reichenbach, pushing the winning run across the plate and giving Roswell a 4-3 walk-off victory to open a three-game series with White Sands.
Miller went 2-for-2 with an RBI and three walks, Joel Garza was 3-for-4, Webb was 1-for-2 with an RBI, a run scored and two walks and Caleb Patterson went 2-for-4.
Game 2 is today at Griggs Park in Alamogordo at 6:30 p.m.
Sunday: Triggers 15, Invaders 13
It took both teams a few innings to get going offensively, but once they did, the hits came fast and furious as the ‘Vaders and Triggers combined for 28 runs on 33 hits.
Unfortunately, it was the visitors that came up with the big final inning to down the Invaders 15-13 and salvage a split for the four-game series.
Trinidad struck first in the top of the fourth with a trio of RBI singles to take a 3-0 lead. The Invaders got two of those runs back in the bottom of the frame as Kyle Peralta led off with a single, Bobby Webb doubled and finally Kaohu Gaspar singled to drive his teammates across the plate to make it 3-2.
Trinidad took the lead back to three runs in the fifth as Roswell pitcher Darrell Thompson faded, giving up a leadoff single to Javion Randle before walking one and hitting two more to hand the Triggers a run. A sacrifice fly scored another before Thompson ended his day on a high note with a strikeout. Thompson surrendered five runs on seven hits with two walks and five strikeouts.
Roswell went on a two innings scoring drought, but relief pitcher Ty Geary kept the Triggers scoreless with two big strikeouts after giving up two singles and a walk to start the sixth.
The Invaders won the seventh inning, answering Trinidad’s three runs in the top with five in the bottom as the home team batted around. Neil Madsen led off with a walk and Julian Bilodeau was hit by a pitch before Tobias Moreno singled to load the bases.
After a Peralta strikeout, Joel Garza took three balls before getting plunked, pushing Madsen home. Webb came up next and drove in Bilodeau with an RBI single. Gaspar was 2-2 when the Triggers switched hurlers. Gaspar welcomed Cody Strayer into the mix by hitting the first offering for a base hit and another run.
With two outs, Caleb Patterson singled to drive in two, cutting the Trinidad advantage to a single run at 8-7. The Big Green Men held on to the momentum as Devin Malone sat the Triggers down 1-2-3 in the eighth with consecutive strikeouts.
In the bottom of the inning, the Invaders took their first lead of the evening with four runs on four hits as Webb and Gaspar each drove in a run and Gavin Lavallee knocked in two to put Roswell up 11-8 going into the final frame.
Toby Eigner took the hill looking to close out the Triggers, and he started well enough, striking out Jabari Brown on a full count. But then things got ugly.
The Triggers doubled, RBI-singled, got on with an E6, got on with an E5, scored on a passed ball, scored on a wild pitch — basically scored just about every way possible other than the long ball to take a 15-11 lead.
Roswell tried to come back in the bottom of the ninth as Moreno singled and took advantage of some defensive miscues to make his way around the diamond for a run. Garza was hit-by-pitch and eventually scored after the Invaders hit two singles and drew a walk with the bases loaded, but it was too little, too late.
Gaspar went 4-for-5 with four RBIs and a walk, Webb was 4-for-6 with two RBIs and three runs scored and Moreno went 3-for-6 with three runs scored.
The four-game series featured some lengthy contests, with Sunday’s contest the longest at 4 hours, 37 minutes.