Robbers, Triggers trade Pecos wins

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By Dave Kavanaugh

Hunter Ridge led Las Vegas in going 3 for 5 at the plate, and Gary Owens and Kyal Williams both homered as the Train Robbers pulled out a 10-8 road win at Trinidad (Colo.) on Monday night.

The home-and-away series shifted to the Meadow City for games on Tuesday and Wednesday at Rodriguez Park.

At 12-18 as of Monday, Vegas is in third place in the Pecos Northern Division, sandwiched between Trinidad (15-14) and Raton (11-19). Santa Fe (20-12) and Alpine, Texas (25-11) lead their respective divisions with a little more than a month left in the season.

On Monday, Las Vegas struck first and built an 8-2 cushion through seven innings.

The Triggers made it interesting in the bottom of the eighth, rallying for four runs. Two Train Robber insurance runs in the top of the ninth were enough to avert extra innings or worse, as the Triggers matched that output in their final at-bats.

Ridge, batting clean-up and playing at first base, went 3 for 5 with a double and three RBI.

Eight Train Robbers recorded at least one hit, and the team outhit Trinidad 15-13 overall.

Shane Casey, moved to the leadoff spot in the order, hit 2 for 4 with a double and two walks.

Josh Tols was sturdy, pitching eight innings and allowing nine hits and six earned runs with three strikeouts.

The day before, Trinidad won in another close game, an 8-7 verdict.

A three-run second inning pushed the Triggers ahead 4-1 and although Las Vegas mounted a three-run rally in the fifth to close within 8-7, the visitors got no closer.

Both bullpens excelled in this contest. Jeff Lyons, Johnny Bladel and Zach Leitten combined to throw four innings of shutout ball for Trinidad, and Leitten earned a save. Williams and Casey relieved Joel Deporte, and they also did not allow a run over the last four frames.

Casey and Williams — who hit two doubles — both went 3 of 5 in the losing cause.