Robbers ride 3-game streak

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By Dave Kavanaugh

For a fledgling franchise like the Las Vegas Train Robbers, this is a season of firsts.
On Tuesday, the team earned its first-ever win, beating the host Trinidad (Colo.) Triggers 13-6.

On this coming Tuesday, the squad will host its first-ever home game.
First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Rodriguez Park’s main field. The opponent is the Taos Blizzard. Admission is $6.

By beating Trinidad, the Train Robbers ended a five-game losing skid ­— all at the Pecos League-leading Roswell Invaders ­— and began a win streak that hit three games as of Friday.

Edison Alvarez, Las Vegas’ ace and a Dominican Republic native whose resume includes time in the Minnesota Twins organization, led his club through three scoreless innings to start Tuesday’s game.

Train Robber outfielder Chris Wilson smashed a two-run homer and was one of several Las Vegas players with multiple hits, according to the league writer, Karen Boehler. Former New Mexico Highlands University Cowboy A.J. Alexander, who helped the Cowboys win a league title a year ago, collected two hits, as did Wilson, Andrew Lopez, Ryan Lauer and Matt Grosso, one of several Train Robbers hitting better than .300.

Las Vegas and manager Casey Dill went on to record another first on Wednesday night — the team’s first shutout — in a 7-0 tally against the Triggers. Atsushi Hebisawa, a pitcher who came to the Robbers from Japan, was credited with a three-hit shutout.
On Thursday, the Train Robbers kept on chugging, knocking off Raton 10-4. Joey Haskell went 4 for 5 to lead the Vegas bats.

Las Vegas was to play three games at the Raton Osos and one at Taos over the long Memorial Day weekend before the home opener with the Blizzard.
Dill said Hebisawa will start on the mound Tuesday.