Mean Moose battles back to win on ‘Senior Day’

Alamosa crowds home plate to welcome junior Sarah Hankins (10) after her two-run homer in the first inning. (VC/Jiron)

ALAMOSA — The Moose softball team made it two in a row with an exciting Tuesday win over a league opponent. Alamosa fought their way back to take a 17-16 win over the visiting St. Mary’s Pirates.

It’s been a difficult year for the Mean Moose (3-14) in their second year at the Varsity level. The wins have been rather hard to come by, but the Moose have shown flashes of the team they want to be. To draw a contrast, their last meeting with St. Mary’s (11-10) the Moose led 7-5 at the top of the sixth inning. That was where St. Mary’s ripped off six straight runs to retake the lead and finish with an 11-8 win.

The Moose thickened their skin for the second game of the series between the two, refusing to back down in the face of a similar game.

Down two runs in the first inning, Alamosa’s Sarah Hankins would send one over the center-field fence to score two and even the game. The Moose would follow that with senior Harmony Peterson scoring teammate Skye Albert amid a 4-run rally to take a 6-2 lead after two.

Another three runs in the third, and it was a 9-2 lead for the home team. But once again Alamosa would have to face a rally from the Pirates. At the top of the fourth St. Mary’s concocted what could have been a back-breaking inning to test Alamosa’s will. St. Mary’s flipped a 9-2 game on its head with 9 straight runs to claim an 11-9 lead.

Unlike their September meeting, the Moose would respond. Alamosa continued to fight and came away with their third win of the season.

The Moose will close the season with two road doubleheaders. Friday Alamosa will be in Gunnison facing the Cowboys (9-10) at 3 and 5 p.m. Then Saturday the Moose will move on for their final two of the season against the Scorpions of Dolores Huerta (0-8) with 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. starts.


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