Train Robbers close in on division lead

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By The Staff

The Las Vegas Train Robbers’ success in a home-and-home series with Trinidad has paid off in the Pecos League standings.

At 19-13, Las Vegas has closed to within one game of first place in the North Division. The Triggers, who enjoyed a four-game cushion just a few days back, now hold a tenuous lead at 18-12 overall.

The Train Robbers won Saturday’s home doubleheader by scores of 4-2 and 8-3, extending their current winning streak to four games. After losing the home-and-home series opener in a 16-12 shootout this past Wednesday in Trinidad, the Robbers carved out an 11-9 victory on Thursday, then returned home with an emphatic 14-6 verdict on Friday at Rodriguez Park.

By playing two doubleheaders within the last week, Las Vegas earned a welcomed break on Sunday and Monday, according to the league’s revised schedule. The team will return to action Tuesday night with its first-ever meeting with the White Sands Pupfish from the Pecos League’s South Division. Vegas and White Sands play again on Wednesday evening. The Robbers host Trinidad in a twinbill on Thursday before a home-and-home series vs. the Raton Osos.

Admission to Train Robbers games is $6 general public.

Second baseman Randy Wells is hitting .407 with 35 runs batted in to pace the Robbers at the plate in both categories, according to the team Web site.

He and outfielder Matt Grosso share the team lead in home runs with a half dozen apiece. Grosso is hitting .393 and has 30 RBI to date.

Grosso and Will Walsh are tied for the lead in doubles with nine. Shortstop Joey Haskell and first baseman Adam Kam are other leading hitters for Las Vegas.

Atsushi Hebisawa is 4-0 with a 3.29 earned run average. Greg Fowler and Edison Alvarez also have four wins.