The visiting Alpine Cowboys continued to dominate the Garden City Wind on Saturday as they swept the four-game series against the Wind in an 8-3 victory.
The Cowboys (18-13) took momentum quickly with runs in each of the first five innings, including two in the first and third innings en route to a 5-0 lead before the Wind (8-23) were able to get on the scoreboard. Dylin Brooks singled up the middle and scored on Shea Bell’s single into left for the first Garden City run. The Wind’s next run did not come until the sixth, when Rodney Polonia led off with a triple and was able to score as Albert Gonzalez grounded out to the first baseman.
The third and final run for the Wind came in the eighth as Polonia touched home for the second time of the night. He reached on an error by the shortstop, stole second and came around to score on Gonzalez’s single up the middle.
Taylor Simpson started the game on the mound for Garden City. He struck out the first batter he faced, but then struggled with placement, walking three batters. One runner scored after a single followed by another run after a bases loaded walk.
Quickly taking over on the mound was Larry Rodriguez. He struck out his first batter to end a tough first inning. Rodriguez’s outing was over after 3 1/3 innings. He gave up four runs — three earned — on four hits.
Chip White stepped on the mound in the fifth. Despite allowing two runs in his first inning at work, he threw three productive innings to follow, keeping the Cowboys from producing more runs. He allowed just four hits and two walks with two strikeouts.
But the damage was done, including three home runs from the Cowboys, two from Daniel Aldrich, and the third from pitcher Pat Lemmo.
Simpson (0-1) picked up his first loss of the season while Mike Straub (1-1) picked up his first win for the Cowboys.
The Wind are mired in last place — after losing their last seven games — in the Pecos League North Division, 13 games behind division leader Santa Fe, N.M., which is 18-7 through Saturday’s games.
The Wind will spend this week on the road in New Mexico, with games against the Las Vegas Train Robbers, Las Cruces Vaqueros, White Sands Pupfish and Roswell Invaders.
On June 29, Gabe Cook, Cody Ellis and Polonia will play for the Pecos League All-Star game in Las Vegas, N.M., before returning to Garden City for a six-game series against Las Vegas.