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Invaders ready for Pecos playoffs; Roswell ends regular-season home schedule with 3-game sweep of Garden City

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Roswell starter Darrell Thompson reaches back before firing a pitch during the first inning of the Invaders’ 10-6 victory over the visiting Garden City Wind Wednesday at Joe Bauman Stadium. Thompson gave up a run in the first, but went on to toss four scoreless innings before giving up three more runs in the sixth. The right-hander finished off a solid night by shutting down Garden City in the seventh on the way to his sixth win of the season. (AJ Dickman Photo)

The Roswell Invaders professional baseball team has earned a seventh consecutive trip to the Pecos League playoffs and if the young league’s history is any indication, the Big Green Men should be on their way to a fourth championship.

The Invaders have qualified for the post-season in all seven years that the league has existed, winning the inaugural title in 2011 and reclaiming the ‘ship in ’13 and ’15. The “every other year” championship streak would be broken if Roswell can’t win it all this year.
Roswell is a lock for the No. 2 spot in the Mountain Division, but could snag the No. 1 seed from Alpine if they can take three-out-of-four from the Cowboys to end the regular season, but they’ll have to get it done in Alpine, Texas.
In the past three weeks, the Invaders have blazed the path to a playoff berth, going 14-5 with some big performances from three of the top 10 hitters in the Pecos League leading the way. Infielder Joey Miller (.451, 16 HRs), outfielder Kaohu Gaspar (.419) and infielder Bobby Webb (.400, 13 HRs) have each had big nights during the stretch, but when they’re all in the zone, the Invaders are tough to beat.

In a league where hitting seems to overpower pitching more often than not, Roswell has had several bright spots in the rotation and out of the bullpen. Starters Darrell Thompson and Mike Scimanico lead the team in wins with six and five, respectively, and relief pitcher Ty Geary has appeared in 22 games, picking up four wins and three saves. Geary also has a team-low ERA of 3.91.
The Invaders won their final home game of the regular season Wednesday night, completing a three-game sweep of the Garden City Wind with a 10-6 victory.
Thompson pitched seven strong innings, allowing four runs on six hits with 10 strikeouts and four walks.
Miller went 3-for-3 with an RBI and three runs scored, giving him the highest batting average in the league at .451.
If the Invaders finish the season in second place, they will host the Trinidad Triggers for a best-of-three series that will likely begin Sunday. If the Invaders can sneak into first place, they will await the winner of an Alpine-Trinidad series.