Losses to Wind threaten winning season
by David Tesitor
TRINIDAD, GARDEN CITY — With the Pecos League winding up the season, the Trinidad Triggers did little to better their position in the Mountain Division, falling four games behind the Alpine Cowboys. Since last Thursday, the Triggers are 4-2 while Alpine is 6-0.
It was a wild week for Trinidad as they went 3-2 against the Garden City Wind. Trinidad dominated Garden City earlier in the season, winning nine straight, but have lost three games since June 27.
On July 12, Trinidad won 9-7 off eleven hits with one error. The winning pitcher for the Triggers was Cody Strayer who closed the game pitching the last three innings. Matt Eureste and Charlie Osborn each hit home runs. Joba Ferrel and Able Arocho each had a pair of RBI’s.
Friday was all Trinidad, as they won 13-4. Trailing going into the sixth, the Triggers exploded for seven runs off a Ferrel two-run double. The scoring continued, including a bases loaded walk, hit batter, and another walk. Trinidad closed the game with an additional five runs in the seventh. Taylor Bridges was the winning pitcher.
Winning their third in a row over the Wind, in a 30-3 blowout, Trinidad looked unstoppable. They scored 11 runs in the second inning which included grand-slam homers by Nick Stoll and Arocho. Stoll has five RBI’s and Arocho had six. Mason Mayberry was the winning pitcher, going six innings, allowing five hits with nine strikeouts. The 30 runs were the second most scored by the Triggers this season.
Sunday proved disastrous for the Triggers as they lost 15-14 in extra innings. Trinidad led 13-6 after three innings, but let slip their lead through poor defense and cold bats. A six-run sixth inning by Garden City tied the game. Trinidad utilized eight pitchers in the game which included pulling manager, Tom Nelson from the bench. Nelson was credited with the loss.
Trinidad’s bats remained cold the next night, losing their second game in a row to the Wind, 1-0. The Wind’s only score came off a solo home run by David Gallagher. The Triggers had only five hits in the game, which was one of the lowest totals of the season.
Through Monday, Trinidad was 37-17 while Alpine was 40-13. To top the league, Trinidad must sweep the Cowboys when they come to town today for a four game series then sweep Santa Fe to close out the season. If Trinidad finishes second in the division, they will host Roswell in the first round of the playoffs in a best of three beginning on July 27th. The games Tuesday and Wednesday were too late to report.