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Tied for first - Robbers moving up

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By Dave Kavanaugh

Ted LeMasters was one of three Las Vegas Train Robbers to hit the long ball Wednesday in Alpine, Texas, staking the team to a share of first place in the Pecos League North.

LeMasters went 3 for 3 with a home run, a double and two runs batted in to lead a Las Vegas offense that produced 15 hits in a 9-4 victory.

Randy Wells and Gary Stauff also homered for the Train Robbers, whose 24-16 record had them tied momentarily with the Trinidad Triggers, division leaders all spring.

Greg Fowler earned a pitching win after allowing only one hit and four walks — with no runs — over six shutout innings. He struck out five Alpine batters in probably his best start of the season for Las Vegas.

Fowler wasn’t the only former New Mexico Highlands player to contribute significantly on Wednesday.

A.J. Alexander, back in the lineup and playing centerfield, went 2 of 4 with a walk and scored three runs.

Stauff, Adam Kam and Andrew Lopez also had multiple hits for Las Vegas, which took a 2-0 lead in the second inning and did not relinquish control. They took a 6-2 cushion into the ninth.

Alpine won the series opener on Tuesday, 8-3.

The Robbers were to finish the series in Alpine, then head to Alamogordo for a series with the White Sands Pupfish to close out the week.

Notes: Manager Casey Dill reported that all of the team members have housing accommodations as of Wednesday.