By Andrea Campbell
Last Saturday, January 26th, the 2001 Gaucho baseball team challenged past teammates to the annual alumni game on their home field. Although it is safe to say that both teams had the “advantage”, it was the youngsters that put it to use. The final score was hard earned 2-0 with the current Gauchos earning their 2 runs in the latter innings of the game.
A somewhat interesting addition to the game was the family ties involved. Pitcher Kyle Holtorf faced cousin Ryan Holtorf on the opposition. Catcher David Pruitt also faced family, calling all the right pitches to keep Brother Don Pruitt off the bases for the entire game.
The lead off hitter for the alumni team was Assist. Coach Hatcher. Starting Pitcher Cory Nottingham made a special effort to put his coach back on the bench and prevailed with a strong strike out. Needless to say, the alumni team played a strong defense to make up for their anorexic offence. Alumni player Ricky Lopez was a starting pitcher for the Gauchos last year in the Championship game against Central Arizona. Ricky used his talents to keep the new guys at bay and succeed until Emery Pensinger and Jose Florez touched home plate to seal the victory. Jose Florez also contributed to the win with an exciting double play in the last inning.
All in all the 2001 Gauchos were solid at bat, made little or no errors, and gave up zero runs! According to David Pruitt the game was “very succssfull” and “produced a realistic game setting of what the team will be facing for the next three months”.
The boys are really excited for season to start this Friday, February 1st. Their first game will be home against the Pima Aztecs. Be sure to come out and show your support!