Being the home team, even when their on the road, has definitely been an advantage for the Taos Blizzard. When batting last, the Blizzard are 8-2 so far this season, most recently taking two of the first three games against White Sands Pupfish in a four-game series (June 8-11) at the Aquarium in Alamogordo. The wins helped the Blizzard move ahead of the ’Fish in the South Division and into third place. As this paper was going to press, however, the ’Fish were trying to tie the series and pull even with Taos on Tuesday (June 11).
Pitching as much as anything, however, has helped the Blizzard win six of their last 10 games. Ángel Gonzales, the team’s ace, got his third win of the season and Taos’ bull pen has kept the team in a lot of other games.
Taos’ bats, however, have been hot all season.
On June 4, Blair Springfield went 2-4, knocking in four runs with a home run and a double in Taos’ 6-3 win over Las Vegas. Las Vegas won the next two games, but Taos was able to split the series with the Train Robbers, winning the final game of the four-game series 7-5. Khyle Dimino, Luis Gonzales and Calvin Culver each scored a pair of runs in that victory. Culver also homered to finish with 3 RBIs.
After White Sands won the first game against Taos, 10-8, June 8, one big inning helped Taos take the second game (June 9). Trailing 5-1 in the fifth, James Martínez scored on a Culver single and Kyle Richardson scored on an error. Then Cody Coffman smashed a 3-run home run to pull Taos ahead and the Blizzard’s bull pen closed the game out.
The next night (June 10), Coffman hit his fifth home run of the season, tying him with teammate Brennan May. Coffman finished with 5 RBIs and 3 runs in the game. Chris Constantino also scored 3 runs in the 14-10 victory.
The Blizzard will have three home games on the Taos Tundra this upcoming week. After four games in Alpine, the Blizzard will host the league-leading Roswell Invaders on Sunday (June 16). On Monday (June 17) they’ll host the Alpine Cowboys and then Wednesday (June 19) the Ratón Osos will come to town. Roswell and Ratón are the only two teams Taos hasn’t played yet.