Double header brings double heartache

By Pete Dorris

A soft warm breeze on a Saturday afternoon made for a perfect day to play host to Central Arizona’s Vaqueros for a double header.

April 13, the first game opened with sophomore pitcher for the Gauchos, Tommy Lay who is 5-6 on the season with an ERA of 2.44

The opposing pitcher for Vaqueros was Niccioli Blank. The Gauchos went hitless an entire game. Blank faced 22 batters, and threw seven inning.  Blank has some great defense from his teammates to help him record his second no-hitter this season.

The Gauchos used three pitchers to try to shut down the high powering offense the Vaqueros brought to Glendale. With the combination of three pitchers, the Gauchos gave up 15 hits on two fielding errors. Needless to say, the Gauchos fell in the first game 10-0 to the Vaqueros.

During the second game the weather had changed a little bit in favor of the offense. The wind picked up blowing out to left field.

The top of the first inning looked bleak for the Gauchos. The Gauchos pitcher,   Matt Haro gave up two quick hits to the Vaqueros, but soon after that, the next three batters he faced were outs, stranding two base runners. Haro was able to get out of the first inning.

Fans were hoping for a Gaucho comeback in the second game.

“I hope this game isn’t like the first one, or I will be home soon to watch the Diamondbacks game,” said Tom Ryan of Glendale.

In the top of the second inning the Vaqueros were able to break the scoreless game taking the lead 1-0.

Bottom of the second inning, Ethan Percell became the first Gaucho base runner of the day however no points were scored.

For the third inning the Gauchos played a good defense keeping a runner at third, with the Vaqueros not scoring.

Bryce Stanage was up to bat for the Gauchos with two outs was able to connect for a hit to deep shortstop with the ball thrown too high for the first baseman to control it, the Gauchos had their second base runner of the day.

Up next for the Gauchos was James Lynch, who was 0-1 in the game, he was able to reach first on a walk.

The Gauchos had runners on first and second with two outs. Up for the Gauchos was Ryan Benedict. With a count of two and two, Benedict was able to connect shooting a line drive shot down the third base line scoring Stanage for the Gauchos first run of the day.

The Gauchos then stranded two base runners in the bottom of the third.

The rest of the game the Vaqueros started hitting. Hitting three home runs topping it all off with a grand slam.

The Gauchos fell in the second game 14-1.  They were outscored 24-1 in a two game series against the Vaqueros of Central Arizona.

“Son, that is what you call a team that never gives up,” said Daniel Monto from Coolidge, Arizona.

With the season coming to an end, the Gauchos have four remaining home games.


Gaucho’s infielder Bryce Stange slides into home safe against Central Arizona Saturday April 13, 2013

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