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Invaders extinguish Fuego to win Pecos League championship

August 4, 2015 • Local Sports

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The Roswell Invaders celebrate with [auth] the 2015 Pecos League championship trophy after defeating the Santa Fe Fuego 17-5 Tuesday night at Fory Marcy Park in Santa Fe.

By Jeff Jackon – Record Staff Writer

SANTA FE — There’s an odd thing about the Roswell Invaders.

They win the Pecos League championship in odd-numbered years. First came 2011, then 2013 and now 2015 after punishing the Santa Fe Fuego on Tuesday night by smashing eight home runs among 18 hits in a 17-5 victory at Fort Marcy Park in the state capital city.

Nolan Meadows led the charge offensively Tuesday and also in Monday’s 17-6 first-game victory in the best-of-three series. Meadows equaled Monday’s output with two home runs, three RBIs and three runs in Tuesday’s game.

Right field at Fort Marcy Park is only 265 feet and dead center stretches just 355, dimensions that Meadows, as a left-handed hitter, found inviting for home runs.

“I think two or three of them were legitimate. One of them came on a popup, but I’ll take it,” Meadows said.

On the flipside, the Fuego did not hit a home run Tuesday in their home park; moreover, 11 of their 13 hits in Game 2 were singles, while the Invaders had a plethora of extra-base hits among their 18 overall.

“We just tried not putting too much pressure on ourselves,” Meadows said. “You can’t look at the situation even though that right field is very tempting.”

Mark Fowler, Danny Grauer, Aaron Carmen, Louis Martini, pitcher Ryan Davis and Michael Granda also added to the Invaders’ home run parade.

Davis started for the Invaders and left after six innings, yielding five runs (two earned) on 10 hits. Staked to a 5-0 lead, Davis was shaky in the first, allowing three runs on a pair of doubles and a single. All those runs came after a two-out, bases-empty throwing error by third baseman Aaron Carmen.

Davis has been the team’s postseason workhorse. He pitched all nine innings July 29 in a 4-2 win over Alpine that began the Southern Division series, then he closed out that series Sunday by pitching two scoreless innings and earning a save.

The southpaw Davis, who was traded June 20 by the Invaders to the Frontier League but was released and returned to Roswell in late July for the playoff push, had started seven previous games this season and won six with two no-decisions. He entered Tuesday with an ERA of 2.20 and earned his eighth win against no defeats. After Tuesday’s performance of six innings, two earned runs and five strikeouts, his ERA inched up to 2.29, using combined figures from the regular season and playoffs.

“I think most of it was adrenaline,” a slightly fatigued Davis said. “At this point you got the championship game, you want to go out there and show what you got. Probably I’ll feel it tomorrow for all these innings.”

Davis also used the field’s dimensions to his advantage.

“I got a great game plan from Tyler Moore after he pitched (Monday). “I tried to keep it inside to the right-handed hitters and outside to the left-handers and keep it in the deep part of the park.”

The Invaders belted a quartet of solo home runs in the second to chase Fuego starter Alex Teal, who left with the Invaders leading 9-3. Davis, batting ninth, launched the first of the blasts to left field to lead off the second, and was followed with two-out homers from Grauer, Meadows and Carmen.

As in Monday’s opener, the Invaders jumped ahead early and big. Martini hit a two-out single that scored two runs, and Granda followed with a three-run home run.

Fowler, who hit two homers Monday, was robbed of another in the fourth inning Tuesday by Santa Fe center fielder Matt Patrone, who leaped and extended his arm over the fence in right-center to snag Fowler’s drive. In the eighth, however, Fowler added to the homer tally for the Invaders’ 17th run.

Chris Treibit, the beer-drenched Invaders manager, said after Tuesday’s victory he was proud of his entire roster.

“One through nine they showed up to play. They knew it going in. I’m very, very proud of everybody. Everybody’s a hero,” Treibit said.

Reporter Jeff Jackson can be contacted at 575-622-7710, ext. 311, or reporter02@rdrnews.com.

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