COLORADO SPRINGS — The La Junta High School baseball team couldn't get much offense going in either game of its doubleheader with St. Mary's Saturday at Morley Field at Grace Center. The Tigers accumulated only two runs and seven hits for the entire twinbill as the Pirates won both games by scores of 2-1 and 6-1.
"It was a tough day at the plate for us," said LJ coach Ryan Denahy. "They had a senior on the mound who has been throwing for several years. He's a tough pitcher and he commanded the zone all day on three pitches. The first game was great pitching from both pitchers. Dyson Oquist did a heck of a job himself. He hasn't been playing a lot lately because he's been hurt and for his first full game back, he did an outstanding job. Unfortunately, we came up on the short end on that one.
"They had a lefty in the second game and he was throwing mostly off-speed stuff," Denahy added. "We hit some balls hard all day long and they were right at people and we couldn't get them to drop. We didn't have a lot of hits in that game either and we just have to get back to work and get ready for Lamar."
The Pirates took the lead in the bottom of the first inning. Sascha Obermayer and Jacob Brummel both singled and Josh White also singled to score Obermayer.
St. Mary's scored another run in the third. Brummel was hit by a pitch and J.T. English followed with a single. White got his second RBI of the game as he singled home Brummel.
The Tigers scored their only run of the game in the top of the fourth. Izahiah Peteque drew a walk and stole second. He took third on Will Tyler's groundout and he scored on Javier Alvidrez's groundout.
La Junta put another runner on base later in the inning as Dax Bender had an infield single. He, however, was left stranded as the inning ended.
The Tigers were only able to put another runner on the basepaths in the sixth as Peteque singled. However, he could not get past first base.
Oquist went the distance as La Junta's pitcher and he was dealt the loss. He allowed two runs and five hits and he had six strikeouts, no walks and one hit batter.
The Tigers had only three hits in the first game. Peteque went 1-2, Tyler went 1-3 and Bender went 1-3. All of the hits were singles.
After a scoreless first inning, St. Mary's scored once in the bottom of the second. White doubled and took third on a wild pitch. He came home on Seth Chambless' sacrifice fly.
The Pirates put two more runs on the board in the third. Obermayer singled and Brummel followed with a walk. Both runners advanced on a wild pitch and both scored on T.J. English's single.
St. Mary's scored three more runs in the fourth. Chambless led off with a double and Ryan Combs was safe on an error. Gavin Sturtevant singled home Chambless for a 4-0 Pirates' lead.
Obermayer had an infield single sending Sturtevant to third. Obermayer then stole second and an error on the play allowed Sturtevant to score and put Obermayer on third.
Obermayer came home on Brummel's sacrifice fly and the Pirates had a 6-0 lead.
The Tigers scored once in the top of the fifth. Bender walked and Alvidrez singled. Matthew Espinoza singled to bring home Bender.
La Junta put a pair of runners on base in the sixth and seventh innings, but could not bring them home.
Jon Nuschy was the Tigers' starting pitcher and he took the loss. He gave up six runs and seven hits. He struck out four and walked two.
Ty Addington pitched the final two innings and he gave up no runs and one hit. He struck out one and walked none.
La Junta had four hits in the night cap and it was led by Alvidrez, who went 2-2. Espinoza went 1-2 with one RBI and Joseph Martinez went 1-3. Like the first game, all of the hits were singles.
Lamar up next; road game rescheduled for Wednesday
La Junta (12-3, 4-2 Tri-Peaks East) will play a two-game home-and-home series with Lamar this week.
"It's always a tough game with Lamar," Denahy said. "It's a great rivalry. They're one of the best teams in the state and we're one of the best teams in the state. We just have to be ready to go and come out and play with a little fire and get after it."
Because of impending poor weather, the game in Lamar scheduled for Friday will instead be played Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at Merchants Park. Thursday's game will still be played at 22nd Street Field beginning at 4 p.m.
St. Mary's 2, La Junta 1
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St. Mary's 101 000 x — 2 5 1
D. Oquist (L) and Bender. Brummel (W) and English.
St. Mary's 6, La Junta 1
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Nuschy (L), Addington (6) and Bender. Obermayer (W) and English.