Trevor Milne pitches for Sargent during the Farmer's 4-3 win over Pagosa Springs on Tuesday afternoon. (Courier photo by Stephen Jiron)
MONTE VISTA — Tuesday afternoon on Sargent’s diamond the Farmers faced Pagosa Springs’ Pirates for the second time in three days. In the rematch Sargent was victorious 4-3.
The last time Sargent had a shot at the Pirates was at the Ignacio baseball tournament. Sargent opened the tournament with an 8-2 win over Dove Creek. Then on Saturday the Farmers took 8 innings to put Ignacio away in a 10-8 game. In the final game Sargent couldn’t surpass Pagosa Springs, falling 9-5.
Tuesday afternoon the Farmers got off on the wrong foot allowing a run in the first inning and then another in the second to trail 2-0. Sargent would rally in the fourth inning leading with a single from Jacob Deacon. Christian Schaller would bat Deacon in with a double. Frank Torrez made it 2 all with a double of his own to bring Schaller home. A fielder’s error would send Torrez to third base where Chace Padilla would single on a full count into right field sending Torrez home to give the Farmers their first lead of the game, 3-2.
The Pirates would make things interesting with a run in the fifth inning to make it a tied ballgame once again. The knotted score would continue all the way to the seventh and final inning.
At the top of the inning Pagosa would go three batters up and three batters down. It would come down to Sargent's batting to decide the game. At bat first for the Farmers was Peyton Brown. Brown sent a line drive to center field good enough to single. After Ryan Davis went out on a pop fly to left field, the next two batters Eddie Gonzales and Trevor Milne were walked with full counts to load the bases.
The pitching hadn’t improved much when Deacon came to the plate, with three pitches came three balls, some coming in too low to even cross the plate. After filling out the count to 3-1, Deacon too was walked handing Sargent their third base-on-balls of the inning and a walk-off victory.
Sargent will go back in action against Cripple Creek-Victor’s Pioneers in a double header on Mar. 31. The Pioneers hope to reverse their fortunes this year after failing to collect a win during the 2017 season.