Just as the Garden City Wind were propelling forward, winning seven of eight games, they broke upon the wall that was the Roswell Invaders over the weekend.
After 13-7 and 7-0 wins on Thursday and Friday, respectively, Roswell finished off the four-game sweep of the Wind with a 12-3 win on Saturday and a 9-2 six-inning victory in Sunday night’s series finale in Roswell. The losses dropped the Wind deeper into fourth place in the Pecos League’s Mountain Division at 12-19, while Roswell cemented its spot in the hotly contested top four in the division at 19-13, 6 1/2 games ahead of the Wind.
In Saturday’s loss, Wind starting pitcher Trent Carrier was knocked around for eight runs — five earned — on 10 hits and two walks in just five innings. By the fourth, the Invaders were already up 8-2. Roswell starter Alex Dandridge was solid, tossing six innings and allowing two runs on eight hits and four walks. Dandridge and two relievers did not allow a single extra base hit.
Carrier fell to 1-2 with a 3.85 ERA in 32.2 innings, while Dandridge improved to 3-2.
On Sunday, the Invaders scored three in the first, one in the third and five in the fourth to take the commanding lead off Wind starter Ryan Calby, who went five innings and gave up eight earned runs on seven hits and three walks.
Darrell Thompson, meanwhile, also pitched five innings for Roswell, but gave up just one run on five hits and three walks, while striking out nine. He did allow a home run to Jean Carlos Peralta in the second.
The Wind return to the friendly confines of Clint Lightner Stadium this week for a five-game stand, which begins with Monday’s 6:30 p.m. matchup with visiting Alpine, Texas.
Garden City 200 000 001 — 3 11 5
Roswell 103 401 03x — 12 15 0
Carrier, DelZell(6), Mollett(7), Finnegan(8) and Ellis, Wagner. Dandridge, Geary(7), Eigner(9) and Pritchard. W—Dandridge (3-2). L—Carrier (1-2). 2B—Roswell: Bishop 2 (2); 3B—Roswell: Stoll (1). HR—Roswell: Miller (1).