Alpine gets second shut out over Roswell
Brad Orosey threw a three-hitter against ROswell Friday, striking out 10 while earning the shutout. (Photo by Karen Boehler)
By Karen Boehler
Pecos League writer
ALPINE, Texas — After a rough road trip which the Cowboys ended with a 2-6 record over the last two series, Alpine was eager to get home to the friendly confines of Kokernot Stadium. Friday, they opened a brief home stand with a 5-0 shutout of Roswell, handing the Invaders only their second shutout of the season and their first two-game loss.
“We were ready,” said Cowboy manager Ryan Stevens. “We had a lot of built-up aggression. We were pretty banged up and after about 14 games on the road, we were ready to come home and play at our spot. So we’re real glad about it.”
Starter Brad Orosey pitched an awesome game, three-hitting Roswell with only three walks while striking out 10 Invaders.
“That’s what championship caliber teams have,” Stevens said. “They have one of their aces come out on the mound in a real big game. He did that for us in the championship series last year. He’s just a workhorse and he’s developed,. He had a couple of rough outing early on and he’s worked his butt off and he will not stop until he gets better.”
Orosey didn’t go the full nine innings — turning the final stanza over to reliever Matt Marra — who set Roswell down 1-2-3 — but Stevens said that was Orosey’s choice.
“His pitch count was up and when Brad Orosey tells me he’s had it, I listen,” the manager said.
The Roswell starter didn’t have a bad day, either.
“Ed Kohout did great,” said Invader manager Chris Ebright. “He went six innings. He did OK. They hit the ball when they needed to and we’ll come back offensively.”
The game was scoreless until the bottom of the third when the Cowboys went up 1-0 on back-to-back-to back singles by Orosey, Derrick Fox and Eric Herman. Orosey’s hit was contested by Roswell first baseman Nate Theunissen, who said he wasn’t pulled off the bag, then, after that incident died down, there was another “only in the Pecos League” moment.
The umpires appeared to be discussing the call, but actually, the plate umpire had apparently become dehydrated in the 90-degree plus temperatures and needed to be cooled down. After water and some ice, he went back into the game to the cheers of the fans. (Which was ironic, since the Alpine fans had been needling the umpires mercilessly earlier.)
The Fox and Herman singles followed, with Orosey scoring the game’s first run on a ground out by Casanova Donaldson.
The Cowboys added two more runs in the fifth when Fox walked and Herman hit an RBI double, then, two outs later, a walk and error brought Herman in. Alpine got its final runs in the seventh when Donaldson singled and scored on a Logan Lotti double, then Joel Carranza had an RBI double.
Roswell’s only hits were singles by Ryan Normoyle and Vincent Mejia and a double by Matt Faiman.
“We kept them off balance,” Stevens said. “We did a good job with that. We’re on the same page. We’re still banged up. Bryson (Sims’) banged up. So is (Mike) Dobre. Lotti’s banged up in left field, but we’re manufacturing runs and we’re doing what we need to do.”
Ebright was still able to smile after the loss.
“They got us on our bad days,” he said. “We didn’t play very well today, mentally or physically. We didn’t have a good strategy. We knew what their pitcher has and we didn’t make adjustments through the game. That’s all right. We’ll be all right.”
The teams will face off in a doubleheader Saturday beginning at 4:05 p.m. at Kokernot Park, and Stevens said his team is ready.
“We are absolutely ready. We’re going to come ready to compete every single day.”
Cowboy Derrick Mitchell will face Andrew Shoemaker in the opener, while Brian Smith and Jordan Lehman will square off in the nightcap.
Both games will go seven innings, and Ebright said that’s a good thing.
“If anything, it’s for the better,” he said. “Because we’ve used a lot of bullpen this week, so two sevens, hopefully we don’t have to use very many and we have Monday off. So hopefully today and Monday will help our stats a little bit.”
Derrick Fox throws to Joel Carranza at first for the out. (Photo by Karen Boehler)
Roswell pitcher Ed Kohout and third baseman Chad Kruse try to get the out on a bunt. (Photo by Karen Boehler)
Casanova Donaldson had two RBIs for Alpine: one on this ground out and the other on a single. (Photo by Karen Boehler)
Cowboy Ed Herman tried to beat the ball to first, but Nate Theunissen got the out. The Cowboy crowd wasn't happy with the call. (Photo by Karen Boehler)
Ryan Normoyle makes the catch in left. (Photo by Karen Boehler)
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