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Invaders are walked-off 2nd straight night

July 22, 2016 • Local Sports

The Cowboys once again turned the tables on the Invaders Friday, earning a 10-9 victory on a walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth.
But while the scenario is the same as several weeks ago in Roswell, field manager Bryan Kloppe said the importance is different.
“Those were more meaningful games then,” he said. “We’re solidified in our spot in the playoffs.”
The Cowboys, meanwhile, are still trying to sew up third place over White Sands, which kept pace with Alpine with a win over Santa Fe Friday.
Roswell went up early with solo runs in each of the first three innings.
With two out in the first, Cody Coffman singled and Joey Miller doubled him in. In the second, starting pitcher TJ Pruneda surprised [auth] himself and probably everyone else with his first hit of the season, a single to left. Brett Balkan doubled him to third and after Pruneda was out on a fielder’s choice, Balkan came in.
The third inning saw Louis Martini reach on an error, go to second on a Coffman single, third on a putout and eventually home on an error.
The fourth was the first scoreless Invader inning, while Alpine tied it at 3-3 on a hit batter, single, sac fly, triple and then a second sacrifice fly.
Roswell answered withfour in the fifth when Coffman doubled, Miller and Roche Woodard each singled and Bobby Webb connected with a three-run home run.
That put the visitors up 7-3, but Alpine eventually took the lead back with a trio of runs in both the sixth and seventh. The first three came via a solo home run, single and error. While the next three all came on a three-run home run after a double and a dropped third strike.
That put Alpine up 9-7 and neither team scored in the eighth. But once again, the Invaders weren’t calling it quits.
Cowboy reliever Chris Rogers hit Martini, then one out later, Miller singled. With two outs, Webb doubled them in to tie it at 9-9.
But despite a good performance by Thomas Huddleston, who set the home team down 1-2-3 in the eighth, Cowboy Nate Ferrell hit a second-pitch home run to give the game to Alpine.
“Huddleston was pitching great,” Kloppe said. “They just hit him.”
Kloppe called the ninth “exciting,” saying, “We hit the ball well.”
A bit of that excitement came from Woddard, who was called out on a strike he didn’t like.
“It was a pitch that he couldn’t reach,” Kloppe said. “It wasn’t even close. He asked him where it was at and they threw him out.”
Whether he’ll be able to play Saturday is still undecided.
Coffman led the Invader offense, going 4-for-5 with a double and two runs scored. Miller was 3-for-5 with two runs and an RBI; and Webb 3-for-5 with two runs and five RBIs.
The Invaders will try to keep Alpine looking for that third-place spot when they throw David Johnson Saturday at Kokernot Field.

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