Alamosa News | Mean Moose holds off Gunnison 9-7

ALAMOSE –The Alamosa High School baseball team wrapped up the regular season Tuesday by welcoming Gunnison to Ortega Middle School.

The visiting Cowboys didn’t make it easy, but the Mean Moose held on for a 9-7 win.

“It was a little harder than we should have been,” Alamosa coach Tony Kechter said. “We gave up too many walks, too many free passes and too many errors that brought them back into the game. We’ll have to clean this up by Saturday.

After a scoreless first inning, the Mean Moose took the lead with three runs late in the second. Donovan Ramirez started with a brace, and Kiko Ruybal, who was running courtesy for Ramirez, went third on a passed ball. Michael Madril was safe on picking a defender, and Jayden Mizokami hit an outfield error and Ruybal scored on the play.

Mizokami stole the second and he scored on Gus West’s single. Mizokami was sent off third on Carlos Garcia’s grounder, and Evan Sowards picked to charge the bases. Kade Jones then walked to the West plate.

Alamosa scored four more points in the third. Hayden Shawcroft doubled up and Madril followed with a walk. Mizokami overtook both runners at home for a 5-0 lead.

West was safe on an error to tag Mizokami, but West was kicked out at second on Garcia’s ground ball. Sowards then hat-tricked Garcia at home to increase the lead to 7-0.

Gunnison came up on the board with two points in the top of the sixth. Mason Williams reached on an error, and Sam Buckhannan drew. Hunter Vincent brought home Mason Williams and Sam Buckhannan scored on a wild pitch.

The Cowboys scored four more times in the fifth. Tate Hicks got first on picking a defenseman and Judge Williams picked. Brendan Roy reached on an error to score Hicks, and Judge Williams and Roy both scored on wild pitches. Mason Williams and Duke Sloan both walked, and Mason Williams scored on Sam Buckhannan’s double to bring the Cowboys to 7-6.

The Mean Moose responded with two runs in their fifth half. Sowards doubled down and he went home on Kade Jones’ single. Ramirez doubled for the second time to bring Kade Jones home and Alamosa led 9-6.

Gunnison attempted a rally in the seventh. Sam Buckhannan walked and Vicnent was clear of an error to put Sam Buckhannan in third. He scored on Sky Wild’s sacrifice fly.

Vincent was left on base at the end of the game.

Ramirez started as a pitcher for Alamosa and he picked up the win. He allowed six runs and four hits and struck out two, walked three and hit a batter. Madril relieved Ramirez in the fifth and he allowed no runs and two hits and he had two strikeouts, a walk and he hit a batter. Kade Jones finished the match and collected the save. He gave up one run and no hits.

The Mean Moose had 11 hits and they were led by Sowards who went 3-4 with a double, a triple and an RBI, and Ramirez who went 3-4 with two doubles and an RBI. Mizokami led in RBIs with three.

Alamosa finished the regular season with 12 wins and seven losses. He will now wait for his opponent from the first round of the playoffs.

“That should keep us where we should be hosting Saturday,” Kechter said. “That should have kept us in the Top 16 so we could host Saturday. It doesn’t matter who we’re up against now, it’s going to be a battle every game. It doesn’t matter which seed now. We should know the standings by Wednesday morning or afternoon.

Alamosa 9, Gunnison 7

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