Mean Moose Ben Wuckert zeros in on a pitch in the sixth inning of Alamosa's victory over Buena Vista. Wuckert picked up two RBI on the final play to finalize the win for the Moose. (Courier photo by Stephen Jiron)
ALAMOSA — On a great day for some baseball, the Mean Moose took down Buena Vista in an 11-1 game.
Alamosa had found a groove in ripping off four straight wins. What’s more all four of those wins have come in league games.Before that the Moose suffered a 6-1 defeat at the hands of 6A team Boulder Creek.
Buena Vista doesn’t have to be told how big a difference a week can make. As of April 3 the Demons held an RPI that ranked them at number 4 in 3A baseball. Six days and a split double header with Kent Denver and according to the April 9 coaches poll from CHSAAnow the Demons have fallen from favor dropping out of the top ten.
Tuesday afternoon when things got underway, it looked like the two teams were evenly matched. Buena Vista led off with a run in the first and Alamosa’s Caden Alonzo doubled to score Gage Calder, tying things up in the third. However, at the bottom of the fourth Buena Vista’s pitching began to slow with two straight walks getting Kaden Hardesty and Ben Wuckert on base. There was blood in the water and the Moose would go on to crack the game wide open.
A bunt from Kolten Hillis loaded the bases before Jose Manriquez got a base hit that scored two runners. A sacrifice fly-ball from Gage Calder scored a third. By the time Alonzo stepped to the plate Chance Stranded batted Manriquez in for the Moose’s fourth run of the inning. Alonzo pushed Alamosa's lead to 7-1 with a two-run homer that cleared the left field fence to score Tyler Zimmerman and himself. The final run of the inning came when Hardesty scored a runner with a double to make it seven runs in one inning. Hardesty's RBi was the final straw for Buena Vista as they would finally relieve their pitcher, but it was too little too late.
Alamosa would put the game to bed at the bottom of the sixth. After Alonzo added his team leading fourth RBI of the game scoring Strand on a single to left field, a single from Adam Crowder and a walk from Hardesty loaded the bases once again. Ben Wuckert make it a ten run advantage scoring two runners with a walk off base hit to seal the game.
From the mound Chance Strand struck out six batters in three innings while John Lujan sat four pitching in relief. The Alamosa will continue their campaign on the IML with a double-header in Monte Vista that is scheduled for an 11 a.m. start.