Pueblo West sluggers shine
For much of the afternoon, CBA pitcher Lucas Gordon kept Team Loaf N Jug — Pueblo’s top Connie Mack baseball team — under wraps Monday at Hobbs Field.
But Loaf N Jug rallied for a 10-2 victory, and 2013 graduates of Pueblo West High School had their fingers all over it. First baseman and clean-up hitter Gavin Compton, a graduate of the Cyclones team that reached the Class 4A state championship game in May, sealed the deal with a walk-off, two-run single in the bottom of the sixth, invoking the mercy rule and giving Loaf N Jug the win.
Compton finished the game 2-for-2 with three walks. Logen Letofsky, a graduated senior and the No. 1 pitcher from the Final 4 team, reached base in all four of his at-bats, with two singles, two walks and a stolen base.
Gordon, a hard-throwing lefty from The Classical Academy, domintated Loaf N Jug early, but Pueblo’s best rallied to tie the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the fourth when pinch runner Derek Robinson — another Cyclone grad — scored on a ground ball.
Loaf N Jug came into the bottom of the sixth trailing 2-1, but Compton drew a one-out walk, and Letofsky later drew a two-out, bases-loaded walk to tie the score at 2-2. West graduate Peter Ward followed with another RBI walk to put Loaf N Jug ahead, 3-2, and then the onslaught was on.
Compton stepped in for his second at-bat of the sixth with the bases loaded, two out, and Loaf leading 8-2. He ripped a single to right-center to drive in two and invoke the mercy rule.
Pueblo West High School’s “B” American Legion team took on first-place Centennial on Monday at Andenucio Field, and the Cyclones made a pretty good showing before losing, 4-1.
Sophomore pitcher Preston Ewing kept West in the game, holding Centennial to two runs through four innings, but the Cyclones couldn’t break through against Centennial pitcher Nick Myers. Right fielder Chase Trujillo, who saw some time on West’s high school varsity team last spring, managed the Cyclones’ only hit in the early going.
Ewing ran into trouble in the fifth inning, giving up a run on a wild pitch and walking in another run. He was relieved after 5 1/3 innings by Zack Maes, who came in with the bases loaded and one out.
Maes induced a fly out to right field off the bat of Centennial’s Ryan Trechter, and Trujillo charged the ball, made the catch and threw a strike to home plate for an inning-ending double play.
West scratched a run across in the top of the sixth when Josh Patterson drove in a run with a bases-loaded walk, but the rally fizzled.
“A” team home
Pueblo West’s top American Legion team is scheduled to play a doubleheader at the high school beginning at 3 p.m. today.