Division-leading Alpine, Texas, continued its tear through Garden City on Friday night at Clint Lightner Stadium.
The Cowboys handed the Wind their fifth-consecutive loss — and third-straight to Alpine — 14-4, on Friday night.
Wind starter Zak Qualls was knocked around immediately by the Cowboys (30-15, and first place in the Mountain), with Qualls lasting just three innings, giving up nine runs on nine hits and three walks. Although the Wind knocked Alpine starter Matt Terrones out of the game after just four innings, plating three runs against him, the deficit was much too large.
The Cowboys’ offense continued its rampage through the Wind pitching staff, scoring five more runs off the bullpen, racking up seven extra-base hits, including three home runs.
Catcher JJ Graham provided much of the pop, going 4 for 5 with a home run, four runs and four RBIs. First baseman Ely Gallego also had four RBIs, and shortstop Crisford Adames went 4 for 6 with three RBIs.
The Cowboys had 19 hits combined. Meanwhile, the Wind could manage just seven, and just two for extra bases.
The Wind fall to 17-31 overall, with two more games against the red-hot Cowboys remaining this weekend. The two teams are set for 6:30 p.m. first pitches both Saturday and Sunday at Clint Lightner.
With just 15 games to play this season, the Wind are nearly mathematically eliminated from the playoffs, a full 13 games behind second-place Roswell (30-18).