Roswell Invaders win Pecos League championship

After winning a league-record 50 regular-season games, the Invaders swept Alpine and Las Vegas in the postseason to win the league's championship. 


The Roswell Invaders had been the best team in the Pecos League all season long. After winning a league-record 50 regular-season games, the Invaders swept the Alpine Cowboys, two games to none, in the first round of the playoffs.

In the championship series, the Invaders squared off against the Las Vegas Train Robbers. The Train Robbers had proved that being an expansion team has no bearing on the amount of success a team can have. The Train Robbers won the league’s North division and then beat the Trinidad Triggers, two games to none, to reach the championship.

In the championship series, the Invaders rallied to win the first game, 7-6, and never trailed in the second game, winning it 12-6 to claim their second Pecos League championship. 

Roswell also won the first league title in 2011, beating the Ruidoso Osos 2-1. Alpine won the championship series last year, 2-1, against Las Cruces. 

In game one of the championship, former Blizzard player, Eric Berkowitz, struck out three batters in 1.2 innings of work for the Invaders. The Invaders had trailed Las Vegas 6-4, but scored 3 runs in the eighth to come from behind for the victory. 

Roswell’s Vinny Mejia was named the regular season MVP and Mike McCarthy was honored as the post season MVP. Each player homered twice in the second game of the championship. 

The Taos Blizzard finished their inaugural season with a 24-42 record. The  Ratón Osos, finished in the cellar with a 13-54 record. 

Santa Fe came on strong at the end of the season and finished above .500, with a 36-31 record, a big improvement from their 23-47 mark during their first year in the league. Trinidad, however, snagged the fourth and final spot in the playoffs from the Fuego. The White Sands Pupfish, meanwhile, went 26-43.

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