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Invaders in the playoff hunt as season winds down

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The Roswell Invaders are positioning themselves for a run at a playoff spot as the season is rapidly coming to an end in August.

As of Tuesday, the Invaders were 24-12 on the year and four games back of Alpine in the Pecos League Mountain Division.

Roswell has a track record of finishing strong. Last season, the Invaders finished 41-19. In 2017 (42-22), 2016 produced a (44-23) year. The Invaders picked up their third Pecos League title at (40-28) in 2015, and in 2014 the Invaders ended the season at (38-27) — it’s the first time in the history of the franchise the team has not won over 40 games in a single season.

In 2013, the Invaders had their best season ever, (50-17) and captured their second Pecos League title. The year 2012 produced a (41-29) record, and in the Invaders’ inaugural year, 2011, they chalked up a (47-27) slate, which was good enough to become the first ever Pecos League Champion.

Roswell’s final 26 games of this season will include 15 home games and 11 road games. Roswell’s schedule has a six-game home series, which begins July 20 and runs through July 26. Four of those games will be against the division-leading Alpine Cowboys on July 22 through the 25.

But Roswell will play Alpine Wednesday and Thursday at Joe Bauman Stadium and then travel to Alpine for a two-game set on July 13 and 14t. The Invaders windup their season on August 3 at home.

With just over 26 games to go, the Invaders have used the hitting of Matt Paciello’s 10 home runs, 13 doubles for a .359 batting average to lead the team on offense. When he hits home runs, put an airline attendant on that ball cause it’s going to travel a long way. Jalin Lawson is second on the team with home runs — he has hit eight dingers, hitting at a .315 clip.

Austin Maltby has gone the yard seven times this season and driven in 22 runs and batting .352. This trio loves it when Invaders’ fans pass the hat after each home run. Anything helps when the players are making about $50 a game. It may not pay a light bill but it sure is good for a weeklong serving of burgers and gas money.

The Invader pitchers have done their part, too. Starting with Carson Corff, he leads the team with five wins, fanned 43 batters and an ERA of 3.71. Derrick Sylve has an ERA of 2.51 with 31 strikeouts.

With a tradition of winning on their side and a loyal fan base, the Invaders hope to bring home another Pecos League title — the next few games will determine their fate.