Kaohu Gaspar was the definition of clutch Thursday night in Alpine, Texas, giving his team the lead twice on big two-out hits, including a sixth inning grand slam, on the way to a 7-6 victory over the host Cowboys in the first game of the Pecos League Mountain Division Series.
Gaspar looked at a strike before sending the next pitch out of Kokernot Field in the top of the sixth and driving in teammates Ed Reichenbach, Alex Dandridge and Louie Martini to put the Invaders up 6-4. Gaspar finished the game 2-for-5 with five runs plated.
The Cowboys answered quickly, scoring two runs in the bottom of the frame to knot the contest at 6-all.
But a lead off double from Reichenbach in the eighth, followed by a two-out RBI-single from Gaspar made the difference, leaving the Invaders one win away from a trip to the Pecos League Series and a shot at a fourth league championship in seven years.
Alex Dandridge pitched six innings, surrendering all six Alpine runs with a single strikeout and three walks. Jesse Remington, Lance Fairchild and Austin Goss each tossed a scoreless inning to close out the game.
Reichenbach and Martini, who were both instrumental in the Invaders Game 3 win over Trinidad Wednesday, each went 1-for-3 with two runs scored and a walk.
The series continues tonight from Alpine, Texas with a 7 p.m. first pitch for Game 2.