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Invaders win five-straight at home

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The Invaders blew away the visiting Garden City Wind during a four-game series Thursday through Sunday before topping the White Sands Pupfish 4-1 Monday night at Joe Bauman Stadium.

Monday: Invaders 4, Pupfish 1
As the first game in a here-there-here series wore on past 11 p.m. Monday night, rain ended the contest after seven innings with the Invaders on top.
A three-run opening frame, plus an insurance run in the sixth in the form of a Joey Miller home run, was enough to down the cellar-dwelling Pupfish as Roswell starting pitcher Eric Gleese allowed a single earned run on three hits over seven innings while striking out 10 White Sands hitters and walking none.
Miller went 2-for-3 with an RBI, two runs scored and a walk. Mitch Elliot, Bobby Webb and Jackson Pritchard each had a base hit and Bradley Cuyos was 1-for-1 with a double and two walks.

Sunday: Invaders 9, Wind 2
The Invaders finished off the division-rival Wind in a weather-shortened end to a successful home sweep at the Joe.
Starting pitcher Darrell Thompson threw five strong innings, giving up one earned run on five hits with nine strikeouts and three walks. Dylan Porter allowed one run on a sac-fly in the sixth before the game was called in the bottom of the inning as a thunderstorm hit the park.
Elliot was locked in at the plate, going 3-for-3 with five RBIs. Miller went 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored while fellow infielders Webb and Ed Reichenbach also batted in a run apiece.
The Invaders did most of the damage with two outs in the fourth inning as Miller started things off with a solo homer. Kyle Peralta was hit by a pitch before the Wind walked three straight, scoring Peralta and leaving the bases loaded for Elliot. Miller scored on a wild pitch before Elliot’s single scored Kaohu Gaspar and Reichenbach.

Saturday: Invaders 12, Wind 3
Roswell collected the most lopsided victory of the series Saturday, and technically, the only comeback win of the four-gamer as the Invaders gave up a couple runs to open the game before going on to score three or more runs in the third, fourth and eighth innings en route to the blowout.
Outfielder Cody Bishop was a perfect 4-for-4 at the dish, with three RBIs and two runs scored. Nick Stoll and Elliot each went 3-for-5, scoring three runs and driving in another three between them. Tobias Moreno drove in three runs and scored another on his two singles and Reichenbach singled and scored a run as a pinch hitter in the eighth inning.
Alex Dandridge picked up the win, allowing two earned on eight hits over six innings. He struck out six and walked four. Ty Geary allowed two hits and struck out one GC hitter during a scoreless seventh and eighth, and Toby Eigner closed the game, allowing one earned on one hit with two strikeouts.

Friday: Invaders 7, Wind 0
The Big Green Men blanked the visitors from Kansas in the second game of the series as Roswell starter Mike Scimanico befuddled the Wind hitter over seven innings, allowing no runs on just four hits with seven strikeouts. Lance Fairchild was equally up to the task, getting the final six outs without allowing a hit.
The Invaders chipped away at Garden City, scoring a run in four of the first six innings before Webb put an exclamation mark on the victory in the bottom of the eighth with a three-run blast on his only hit of the game. Miller and Bishop each had multiple hits and an RBI apiece.

Thursday: Invaders 13, Wind 7
The Wind had their biggest offensive output in the first game of the series, but it came a bit late as the Invaders scored nine runs in the bottom of the first inning and never looked back.
The Invaders batted around and then some as lead-off man Miller scored on a Webb single, Peralta scored on a Reichenbach single, Webb scored on a bases-loaded walk to Pritchard, Gaspar scored on an Elliot single, Reichenbach scored on a Stoll grounder, Pritchard and Elliot scored on a Miller double, and Stoll and Miller scored on a Webb double.
Insurance runs in the fourth, sixth and seventh made it 13-2 before the Wind mustered a five-run eighth.
David Johnson got the win on the mound, allowing one earned on five hits over six innings, with six strikeouts and one walk. Porter got the last five outs, taking over for Dallas Gibson in the eighth and striking out two on the way to the save.

UP NEXT
After dropping a 6-3 road contest to the Pupfish Tuesday in Alamogordo, the Invaders head back to the Joe for a 7 p.m. rubber match against White Sands tonight before Roswell hits the road for four games in Santa Fe followed by three in Garden City, Kansas before coming home to host the Alpine Cowboys on July 6.