by David Tesitor
TRINIDAD — In a close encounter of the fourth kind, identified flying objects were seen flying high in the skies over Trinidad’s Central Park. The Invaders of Roswell swept the Trinidad Triggers in a four game series last weekend, the rare first time this season the Triggers were swept by a team four games in a row at home.
The Invaders’ first game win, 25-2, came off the efforts of Cody Bishop who put himself in scoring position with four extra-base hits for Roswell. Bishop singled in the first and third innings, homered in the second and fourth innings, and doubled in the sixth and seventh innings. The Invaders continued to pile on the runs until the end of the game. Roswell scored five runs in the last three innings to complete the blowout. Roswell also scored in the first on a solo home run by Rene Morea, a three-run home run by Joey Miller, an RBI single by Ethan Rosebeck, and an RBI single by Christian Johnson. The Invaders pounded the Triggers as eight hitters combined for 26 hits, 24 RBIs and 23 runs scored.
The following night, the Triggers’ offense woke up-somewhat as they managed seven runs. The Invaders came from behind in an eighth inning surge, scoring runs to cap a 15-7 win. The Invaders scored in the eighth on an RBI single by Bobby Webb, a wild pitch, an RBI single by Jim Smith, an RBI single by Smith, a two-run single by Kaohu Gasper, and a groundout by Christian Johnson. Cody Coffman racked up two RBIs on three hits for Roswell. Thomas Huddleston was superb on the mound for the Invaders as he held Trinidad hitless over two innings, allowed no earned runs, walked one, and struck out one. Trevor Sealey racked up two RBIs on three hits for the Triggers, singling in the first, third, and sixth innings. Even though Invader Steven Cazares allowed six runs over 5 2/3 innings, he still recorded the victory, his first of the season. Cazares struck out six, walked three and gave up eight hits. Daniel Karasinski (1-1) took the loss for the Triggers. He allowed seven runs in five innings, walked two and struck out four. A six-run 8th inning put it away for good for the Triggers.
In the third game of the series, the Invader bats cooled off and the Trigger pitchers finally got into their rhythm. Unfortunately for Trinidad, their bats were also cool at they fell 4-0. Roswell pitcher David Johnson kept Trinidad off the board during his six innings of work. Johnson struck out eight and allowed no walks and three hits. Cody Coffman had a busy day at the plate, collecting two extra-base hits. He homered in the sixth inning and doubled in the ninth inning. Despite the loss, Trigger Joe Robinson dominated the Invaders’ batters, giving up two runs and striking out five. Robinson couldn’t get it done on the mound for the Triggers, taking a loss.
The Father’s Day game was the Triggers’ last chance to avoid the sweep. In the closest game of the weekend, Roswell came out on top with a 4-3 victory. An excellent effort by Joey Miller led Roswell to the win. Miller sent those “identified objects” flying with two home runs. Miller went 2-4 in the game with four RBIs and two runs scored. The Invaders got their bats going early, scoring three runs in the first inning to pull ahead of the Triggers. A three-run home run by Miller delivered the runs in the first and the Invaders had two hits in the inning. Blake Oliver picked up the win for Roswell as he pitched eight innings and allowed three earned runs, seven hits, and no walks, while striking out two. Denver Diefenbach (1-1) took the loss for Trinidad. He lasted just six innings, walked one, struck out eight, and allowed four runs.