The next-to-last game of the 2018 Pecos League season for the Garden City Wind went just about like the rest of the summer downfall.
A seven-run outburst by division leading Alpine set the plate for an eventual 19-17 triumph by the visitors.
Alpine, with the best record in the three PL divisions at 47-15, will conclude the Wind’s fourth season at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Clint Lightner Stadium. The Wind, on the other end of the W-L spectrum, fell to 11-50.
The Wind notched two runs in the first, third and fifth innings as well as single runs in the fourth and sixth, but it was not enough to keep up with the big bats of the Cowboys.
Alpine added two runs in the fourth, four in the fifth, one in the sixth and three more in the seventh. The Cowboys had hammered out 17 hits by the seventh frame.
The Wind did make some noise in its half of the seventh, plating four runs, slicing the deficit to 17-12.
Then things really got interesting when the Wind tacked on another four-run uprising to pull within one at 17-16.
But that went for naught after the Cowboys added two insurance runs in their half of the ninth.
Six errors in the field contributed to the Wind’s undoing in this all-too familiar type of loss.
The winning pitcher for Alpine was Sean Persky while Randy Hair absorbed the mound loss for the Wind. In the high-scoring affair, the Cowboys pounded out 18 hits to 13 for the Wind.