The hometown crowd may have been praying for snow but conditions were not favorable for the Taos Blizzard, which took a 24-7 drubbing by the Las Vegas Train Robbers, Monday (May 27).
The boys in powder blue fell behind 8-0 in the first inning and were never able to rally from the deficit at the Taos Tundra (AKA Taos High School’s baseball field).
The Train Robbers had 28 hits, including four home runs.
Vegas pitcher Edison Alvarez allowed only seven runs on 10 hits in a complete game. Shayne Miller, starting pitcher for the Blizzard, was tagged with the loss.
“Edison can pitch,” Taos manager Leahy is quoted saying on the Pecos League website. Leahy started at catcher, moved to second and pitched. “He’s a damn good pitcher. All in all, he had us today. But we’re ready to face him whenever he comes back, because we want another chance at him, too.”
The Blizzard didn’t score until the fourth inning when Blair Springfield opened with a double and came home on a Cody Coffman single. Two outs later, John Apostolo doubled and Leahy hit a 2-RBI single to give Taos three runs.
The Blizzard didn’t score again until the ninth with four runs: an Alex Loftin double; Christopher Ciatti single; two walks; a passed ball; singles by Jordan Chiero and Chris Culver; and a fielder’s choice before Alvarez struck out the last Blizzard batter.
“We got unlucky,” Leahy said. “They hit us hard in the first inning and at the end of the day we just tip our hat. They came out swinging and they beat us.”
Vegas didn’t make one substitution. Leahy had 23 players in the game.
“That’s what we try to do,” Leahy said of the substitutions. “It’s for player development, and it’s tough to develop when you’re losing by that much, but guys were getting tired when we got down to the late innings, so we chalk it up, we tip our hat and at the end of the day we get ready for tomorrow. We’ll see them again for the next couple of days and our pitching’s set up so we’re ready to rock and roll.”
The Blizzard played the Train Robbers’ home opener Tuesday (May 28), losing 17 to 6 in Las Vegas, and then returned to Taos Wednesday (May 29) to defeat Las Vegas 10 to 7. The Blizzard returned to Las Vegas Thursday (May 30) for a 7 p.m. game.
Other games this week: Blizzard plays away against the Trinidad Triggers, Friday (31), Saturday (June 1) and Sunday (June 2), and then faces them in home in Taos, Monday (June 3) at noon.
The Blizzard play away Tuesday (June 4), Wednesday (June 5) and Thursday (June 6) against the Train Robbers.
Information from the Pecos League website www.pecosleague.com was used in this report.