The Alpine Cowboys’ first eight batters all reached base to open Wednesday night’s series finale against the Garden City Wind at Clint Lightner Stadium.
By the end of the first-inning rally, the Cowboys led 9-0, en route to am 18-2 rout.
Wind starter Thane Clarke grinded through five innings, but gave up all 18 of Alpine’s runs — 12 were earned — while giving up 12 hits and walking five. He struck out one.
Luke Wiechec, Alpine’s starter, might be the definition of effectively wild, going six scoreless innings and giving up just four hits, but walked seven and struck out nine.
Alpine’s only home run was Chace Sarchet’s solo blast in in the fifth, while Garden City did not have a single extra-base hit.
Leadoff hitter William Bass was 2 for 4, and right fielder Chip White was 2 for 2 for the Wind. Bass also tossed three scoreless innings from the sixth to the eighth. The Wind’s two runs, coming after Alpine mounted an 18-0 lead, came on Jonathan Basis’ sacrifice fly to plate Cole Fenner in the seventh, and then White singled in Zach Sanford.
Alpine swept all three games of the series, out-scoring the Wind, 39-5.
The Wind now will try to rebound as they travel to Trinidad for a four-game set. The opener is set for 7:30 p.m. Thursday.