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‘Vaders top Cowboys 5-2

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In a low scoring affair Thursday night in Alpine, Texas, the Roswell Invaders used a big eighth inning to top the host Cowboys 5-2 in the first game of a crucial season-ending series with huge playoff implications.

With three games remaining — a doubleheader today before the final regular-season game for both clubs on Saturday — the Invaders are a single game behind Alpine for the Mountain Division lead as they try to close in on a first-round bye in the Pecos League playoffs.
The top of Roswell’s lineup made the difference in the eighth, when Kaohu Gaspar, Joey Miller and Cody Bishop each singled to center field, loading the bases and prompting Alpine’s manager to switch pitchers.
With hard-hitting Bobby Webb at the plate, Cowboy reliever Alhanon Miller balked, advancing each runner and sending Gaspar across home plate, tying the contest at 2-all.

Webb knocked the next pitch out of Kokernot Field to give Roswell a 5-2 lead that proved to be the final score. Webb went 2-for-5, adding a single in the ninth inning.
Starting pitcher Eric Gleese picked up the win with an eight-hit, two-run performance over seven innings. The right-hander also went 2-for-3 at the plate.
Shortstop Louie Martini singled on in the second inning, then scored on a Gavin Lavallee single for the first run of the game.
The Invaders need to win two more to overtake the Cowboys for the No. 1 spot in the division. The season series between the squads is currently tied at 9-9.