Alamosa 18U baseball tournament gets underway

Monte Vista’s Kobe Jiron (12) dives back into first base before Alamosa’s A.J. Baker cane make the tag (Courier photo by Ken Hamrick).

ALAMOSA – The annual Alamosa 18U Baseball tournament got underway Friday at Ortega Middle School with four local teams competing.

However, it will be the two out of town teams that will play for the championship today.

Monte Vista 11, Alamosa 6

The Mean Moose opened up the tournament in Pool A as it hosted Monte Vista.

The Pirates were the home team and they struck for three runs in the bottom of the first inning. Kobe Jiron led off with a walk and he stole second and third. He scored on a wild pitch for the first run of the ball game.

Kaden Mellott continued the inning by also drawing a walk. He went to third on Azariah Hurtado’s double, and Mellott scored on Jeremiah Baumgardner’s groundout. Hurtado came home on a wild pitch for a 3-0 lead.

The Mean Moose took the lead with four runs in the top of the second. Jonah Pittman led off with an infield single, and A.J. Baker received a base on balls. An error put Pittman on third, and he scored on a wild pitch.

Jo David was safe on a fielder’s choice, and Josh Gonzales was hit by a pitch. Tony Griego singled home Baker, and Brennan Maez’s ground ball took a bad hop for a single to plate David and Gonzales for a 4-3 Mean Moose lead.

The Pirates regained the lead with a two-run fourth. Judah Howe struck out, but the pitch got past the catcher and Howe reached first base. He went to second on a balk and scored on Domyon Naranjo’s double. Naranjo went to third on an error and scored on a wild pitch.

Monte Vista scored six times in the fifth. Jakoby Ross and Hurtado were both hit by pitches, and Jeremiah Baumgardner reached on a fielder’s choice. Kaden Madrid’s infield single plated Ross and Hurtado, followed by Howe drawing a walk. Jeremiah Baumgardner came home on a wild pitch, and Madrid scored on a passed ball.

Naranjo was also hit by a pitch, and Connor Mellott doubled home Howe and Naranjo for an 11-4 advantage.

Alamosa attempted a comeback in the sixth. Baker and Ryan Higareda both walked and both came around to score on wild pitches.

The game ended after six innings on the two-hour time limit.

Xavier Lujan went the distance as the Mean Moose’s pitcher but he took the loss. He allowed 11 runs and six hits and he struck out three, walked six and hit three batters.

Jeremiah Baumgardner started for the Pirates and he earned the win. He gave up four runs and five hits with three strikeouts, three walks and he hit one batter. Hurtado finished the game and surrendered two runs and no hits and he struck out two and walked four.

Alamosa had only five hits and were led by Maez who went 2-2 with two RBIs and Pittman who went 2-3.

Monte Vista had six hits and were led by Jiron who went 1-2, Hurtado who went 1-2 with a double, Madrid who went 1-2 with two RBIs, Naranjo who went 1-2 with a double and one RBI, Connor Mellott who went 1-3 with a double and two RBIs, and Deon Baumgardner who went 1-2.

Lamar 14, Monte Vista 2

The Pirates were the visiting team in this game and they scored both of their runs in the top of the first. Ross drew a walk and went to third on Kaden Mellott’s double. Ross came home on a passed ball, and Kaden Mellott on an error.

The Thunder tied the score in the bottom of the first. The score remained tied until the third when Lamar scored five runs.

The Thunder put the game away with seven runs in the bottom of the fourth.

The game ended after five innings on the 10-run rule.

Kaden Mellott started on the mound for the Pirates and he was dealt the loss. He allowed seven runs and four hits and he struck out five and walked five. Howe finished the game and he gave up seven runs and seven hits and he had one strikeout and one walk.

Monte Vista had five hits and was led by Kaden Mellott who went 2-2 with a double.

Lamar 12, Alamosa 7

The Thunder were the visiting team on the scoreboard and they took the lead with three runs in the top of the first.

The Mean Moose scored twice in their half of the inning. Griego and Maez both received walks and Carlos Garcia was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Griego scored on a wild pitch and Maez came home on an error.

Alamosa took the lead with two runs in the third. Higareda and Griego both drew walks and both came around to score on wild pitches.

Lamar took the lead back with two runs in the fourth.

Alamosa tied the score with a run in its half of the fourth. Pittman and Lujan both drew walks, and Pittman scored on Baker’s sacrifice bunt.

Lamar came back with five runs in the fifth and two in the sixth for a 12-5 advantage.

The Mean Moose made another comeback effort in the bottom of the sixth. Lujan walked and David was hit by a pitch. Lujan scored as Jaidyn Burciaga reached on an error, and another error brought David home.

Alamosa put another runner on base, but the game ended after six innings on the time limit.

Pittman started on the mound for the Mean Moose and he took the loss. He allowed seven runs and eight hits and he struck out one, walked seven and hit one batter. Burciaga finished the game and gave up five runs and four hits and he struck out none and walked two.

Alamosa had three hits and were led by Higareda who went 2-2.

Pool B

Bayfield won Pool B as it held off a Center charge to win 11-10, and it defeated the Alamosa JV team 10-0.

The Alamosa JV defeated Center 23-3.

Today’s schedule

The schedule for today will have Alamosa vs. Center in the fifth-place game at 10 a.m., Monte Vista against the Alamosa JV for third place also at 10 a.m., and Lamar vs. Bayfield in the championship at 12:30 p.m.

Monte Vista 11, Alamosa 6

Alamosa             040   002 –  6   5   1

Monte Vista            300   26x – 11   6   2

Lujan (L) and Garcia. J. Baumgardner (W), Hurtado (5) and Madrid.

Lamar 14, Monte Vista 2

Monte Vista            200   00 –   2     5   4

Lamar             205   7x – 14   11   2

K. Mellott (L), Howe (3) and Madrid. Thacker (W), Shelton (4), Moreno (5) and Winder.

Lamar 12, Alamosa 7

Lamar           300   252 – 12   12   2

Alamosa           202   102 –   7     3   1

Harbour, Buxton (3, W) and Hose, Winder (5). Pittman (L), Burciaga (5) and David.

Alamosa JV 23, Center 3

Center               110   1 –   3     1   8

Alamosa JV               349   7 – 23   14   5

Cozens (L) and Palma. Treissen (W) and Estrada.

Bayfield 11, Center 10

Bayfield                 512.  3 – 11   7   3

Center                 004.  6 – 10   1   4

Batteries unavailable.

Bayfield 10, Alamosa JV 0

Alamoda JV               000   0 –   0    0   2

Bayfield                 712   x – 10   5.  1

Anderson (L) and Estrada. Micha (W) and Payson.