Starting pitcher Eric Gleese held the Cowboys at bay for almost eight innings Saturday night in Alpine, Texas, finally allowing a late run in a stellar playoff outing in a hostile road environment as the Invaders topped the Cowboys 9-1 and earned a berth in the Pecos League Championship Series.
The Invaders will host the first two games of the best-of-five series Monday and Tuesday night at Joe Bauman Stadium.
The Invaders offense returned to form after Friday night’s loss, where the Invaders were down big and only managed a solo homer in the ninth.
Roswell scored a run in the first, third and fifth innings while Gleese cut through the Cowboys. Kaohu Gaspar, who hit a grand slam in the Game 1 victory, hit a solo homer to open the game. Gaspar was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and a walk.
Gleese singled on in the third and was driven in by a Bobby Webb single. Joey Miller scored in the fifth on Tobias Moreno’s single to center. Miller and Moreno each went 3-for-5. Miller scored twice and Moreno drove in two.
But the flood gates opened in the top of the seventh as the Big Green Men tallied up six runs, the final three coming off a Louie Martini three-run homer.
With their backs against the wall, Alpine used six pitchers throughout the game, including three to get out of the seventh.
Darrell Thompson took care of the final four outs for the Invaders.