Triggers hold on vs. Vegas

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By Dave Kavanaugh

The Las Vegas Train Robbers dipped to 15-40 after Monday night’s 10-9 squeaker loss at Trinidad.

Las Vegas began the game in a 3-0 hole because that had been the score when the previous night’s game was rained out at Santa Rosa High School’s baseball field. Pecos League officials canceled the originally scheduled Monday game between Trinidad and Las Vegas and instead had the rivals resume the suspended game, which had just reached the second inning when the storm struck.

Trinidad built a 10-0 lead through the first six innings on the back of shutout pitching from Josh Tols.

Tols, who started the game on the mound for the Triggers, held Vegas to zero runs on three hits and four walks with five strikeouts in his six innings of work.

The Train Robbers got on track in the seventh inning, rallying for five runs in the frame and added two apiece in the eighth and ninth innings.

Jimmy Simpson began the run with a leadoff double against reliever Nick Rodesky, and he scored on Will Chapman’s single. After Tim Blackman walked, Joe Quiñones singled to load the bases. Ridge Gonsoulin drew a walk to push across another run. Brett Mendoza’s fielder’s choice reach made it 10-3. Two batters later, Nick Oddo cranked a two-RBI double.

Daniel Sharp gave up two runs in the final inning but denied the Robbers the tying score, so he picked up a save.

Oddo paced Las Vegas, hitting 3 for 4 with two RBI.

It’s been another solid season for the Triggers who, at 32-22, have sewn up the second spot in the Northern Division behind the Santa Fe Fuego (39-20). Trinidad and Santa Fe will meet in the Pecos League playoffs July 25-27.