Cyclones shake off the dust
In win-wind situation, Pueblo West blows out Widefield
A cyclone is tougher than a windstorm.
The Pueblo West Cyclones proved that Tuesday with a 12-1 hitting barrage over Widefield in a nonleague baseball game at Hobbs Field at Runyon Sports Complex.
The game was called in the bottom of the fifth inning on the 10-run rule.
The wind-whipped dust didn’t stop Pueblo West from doing what it does best.
“We’ve been swinging the bat well,” Cyclones coach Dan Sanchez said.
“We were a little excited to play at our home field. I think we will continue to swing the bat well this season.”
Pueblo West had eight hits in only four innings.
The game was delayed an hour because of fierce winds that seemed to die down a little just when the game was about to end.
Sanchez is confident that his speedy lineup of hitters will only get better.
“It’s very exciting,” he said.
Pueblo West (1-1) dominated early, scoring four runs in the first inning.
Cyclones sophomore catcher Dauson Tate hit an RBI triple to put his team up 4-1.
In the third, Tate connected again, sending the ball deep over the center fielder’s head for another RBI triple to give Pueblo West a 7-1 lead.
“He’s been on a tear early and he can run. He is just hungry and ready to get excited and go,” Sanchez said.
Pueblo West junior Tyler Evans, who had an RBI double in the first, said the win was big coming off a 15-5 loss to Falcon last week.
“Today, I felt more focused,” he said. “We came together as a team today. That really helped a lot.”
Evans even took the wind in stride.
“I’ve always been good about pushing through the wind and pushing through the weather,” he said.
Despite the win, Evans believes his team can always be more fundamentally sound.
“We are good on the offensive side,” he said. “We just need to work a little more on our defense.”
Cyclones pitcher Dallas Dwyer struck out seven and gave up four hits.
Widefield’s only run came on a single by first baseman Jake Volcic in the first.
Pueblo West faces Broomfield at home at 4 p.m. today.
“We have to come back focused and throw strikes and play defense,” Sanchez said.
Pueblo West 12, Widefield 1 (5)
Widefield 100 00 — 1 4 4
Pueblo West 404 4x — 12 8 3
Gutherie, J. Vilcic (4) and Stealy, Wilson (4); Dwyer and Tate.