Roswell’s Kaohu Gaspar connects for a grand slam home run in the bottom of the first inning to stake the Invaders to an early 4-0 lead over White Sands Wendesday evening at Joe Bauman Stadium. The offense piled on nine more runs later in the game to ultimately win 12-0. (David Rocha Photo)
Invader manager Bryan Kloppe gave the fans a show Wednesday night at Joe Bauman Stadium after getting ejected, but starting pitcher Ryan Calby also had an impressive performance in Roswell’s 13-0 victory over White Sands.
The game was never in doubt, as the home team jumped up 4-0 in the first on a grand slam home run by Kaohu Gaspar, and never looked back.
Meanwhile, Calby held the Pupfish to three hits and walks through 7 1/3 innings.
“That was an amazing performance,” Kloppe said. “He had a great curve ball tonight through the first couple of innings, then he just had command of both pitches to shut them down.”
“It [auth] felt real good,” Calby said of his effort. “All the pitches were working today. We started a catcher we normally don’t start (Bryce Skelton) and he worked real well behind the plate. He called the whole game and I give all the credit to him, really.”
White Sands starter Nick Bozman held the Invaders scoreless in the second, third and fourth innings, but the bats — and five White Sands errors — helped add a trio of runs in the fifth, two in the sixth, three in the seventh and one more in the eighth.
With one out in the fifth, Jim Smith and Bryce Skelton hit back-to-back singles. Calby, who was 2-for-2 on the day, appeared to have bunted for this third hit of the day, loading the bases. But Pupfish coach Mickey Speaks appealed the call, which was close, and Calby was ultimately called out.
“I was definitely safe,” the pitcher said. “He came off the bag.”
Kloppe then went out to discuss the issue, and after losing the argument, he made his displeasure known. He tossed his helmet, took off his shirt, dropping it on home plate and rubbing it around with his foot before also tossing his stopwatch and assorted papers on the field before finally leaving.
“If I’m gonna get tossed, I might as well give the crowd a little bit of fun,” he laughed. “I had a burrito and the concessions were great.”
That ejection appeared to spark the Invaders, too, as Christian Johnson followed the outing with a single and Rene Moreda with a double. Add in another White Sands fielding miscue, and Roswell led 7-0.
The runs in the sixth came on a walk to Coffman, a single by Miller and a big two-run Pupfish error. That was enough to send Bozman to the showers, and the Invaders teed off on reliever Shawn Kahre for three more runs in the seventh, starting with a leadoff double by Johnson and singles by Moreda, Roche Woodard and Joey Miller.
They scored a final run in the eighth on a bomb to left by Bryce Skelton — his first of the season — and after Evan Karre closed out a scoreless eighth, Ryan Ward gave up one more ‘Fish hit, but closed out the inning and the game with no one crossing the plate.
Calby was 2-for-3 at the plate and proud of that effort as well.
“Couple of bunts here and there. I was working on it before the game. It was fun. All I had to do was bunt it.”
Moreda was 4-for-6 with two runs and RBIs; Miller 2-for-5 with a run and two RBIs; Skelton 3-for-5 with two runs and three RBIs; and Johnson 2-for-5 with two runs and an RBI.
The Invaders now head to Alpine for their first and only appearance there this year, a four-game set in historic Kokernot Field.