ALAMOSA — There’s nothing quite like home cooking. And the Moose (8-6) have not played on their home diamond since last season’s regional championship finale that went nine innings against Peak to Peak with the visitors taking a 11-10 victory to move on to the state tournament.
Playing in front of their home crowd this weekend gave Moose baseball a shot in the arm as they took game one handily by a score of 7-1 and finalized the double header with a 6-5 win in eight innings in game two.
Pitching was on point for both squads in the early innings of game one keeping the game scoreless. John Lujan got the start for the Moose in game one. Neither team was able to get on the board early, it wasn’t until the fourth inning when Pagosa broke the scoreless tie. Ryan Lewis put one in play and advanced Eric Huddleston home to go up one nothing.
The Moose had seen enough they would not allow another Pirate home for the remainder of the contest. The bottom of the inning saw the Moose claim the lead for good. Gage Calder would triple to score Lujan before Adam Crowder put one in play to score Calder to make it a 2-1 game in favor of the Mean Moose.
The lead wasn’t enough for Alamosa as the home team cemented the win in the fifth inning. Kolten Hillis, John Lujan, Kaden Hardesty, and Caden Alonzo all getting home in a four-run inning to press their lead. Hardesty would double at the bottom of the sixth before getting home with the final coffin nail finalizing the score at 7-1.
Lujan earned the victory on the hill for Alamosa. He lasted five innings, allowing four hits and one run while striking out six. Alonzo threw two innings in relief out of the bullpen.
The Moose tallied six hits on the day. Kolten Hillis and Kaden Hardesty all managed multiple hits for Alamosa. Hardesty and Hillis each managed two hits to lead the team. As a team the Moose didn’t commit a single error in the field. Hillis had ten chances in the field, the most on the team.
A walk-off single led Alamosa Mean Moose Varsity 2019 past Pagosa Springs 6-5 in game two on Saturday. The game was tied at five with Alamosa batting in the bottom of the eighth when Kolten Hillis singled on the first pitch of the at bat, scoring one run.
The Moose earned the victory despite allowing Pagosa Springs to score three runs in the fourth inning. Courtney, Bailey, and Huddleston each had RBIs in the frame.
The Pirates fired up the offense in the first inning. Huddleston drove in two when he singled.
And Pagosa Springs would knot the game up at five in the top of the fourth inning. Huddleston singled on the first pitch of the at bat, scoring one run.
Caden Alonzo earned the win for Alamosa. He surrendered zero runs on one hit over two innings, striking out three and walking one. Adam Crowder threw two innings in relief out of the bullpen.
Kraft took the loss for Pagosa Springs. He surrendered one run on one hit over two-thirds of an inning, striking out one and walking zero.
Tyler Duarte started the game for the Moose. He lasted four innings, allowing ten hits and five runs while striking out two, Huddleston started the game for Pagosa Springs. He surrendered five runs on five hits over seven innings, striking out six.
The Moose launched two home runs on the day. Ben Wuckert went deep in the first inning and Gage Calder put one out in the third inning.
Alamosa scattered six hits in the game, Wuckert and Alonzo each managed multiple hits. Alonzo and Wuckert each collected two hits to lead the Moose. Just like in game one the Moose stayed squeaky clean not committing a single error in the field. Hillis had six chances in the field, the most on the team.
The Moose will continue to hammer away at their home schedule with another double header this weekend welcoming Monte Vista Saturday April 27 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.