Offense was once again the theme on Tuesday night when the Alpine Cowboys and Las Vegas Train Robbers played their final game of a two-game series at The Bank & Trust Ram Field.
The Cowboys scored 10 runs in the first three innings on their way to an 11-5 victory over Las Vegas. Eddie Larkan and Border Baseball invited both independent professional teams to open up their 2014 Pecos League season in Del Rio after the circuit played a pair of games here in 2011.
Following a seven home run night by both teams on Monday, Train Robbers center fielder Gary Owens provided Tuesday’s only dinger, a three-run blast in the seventh inning.
“When the wind is blowing in, it’s a tough ballpark to hit in,” Owens said. “I don’t know how I squeezed that one home run out, but the wind was still blowing in at that point. But hey, it went over. I’m happy.”
Just like Monday, the Cowboys pounced on the Train Robbers early and never looked back, leading by a 10-0 margin through four innings.
Alpine center fielder Casanova Donaldson went 2-for-3 with two walks and a pair of runs scored. Cowboys first baseman Brian Milliman also got heavily involved in the offense, going 2-for-2 with a double, two RBIs, a run scored and a sacrifice fly. Milliman also reached base after getting drilled with a pitch.
Alpine left fielder Austin Prott was named the series MVP. Prott clubbed a pair of homers and had five RBIs during the Cowboys’ 16-7 win in game one. On Tuesday, Prott scored a run and made a brilliant catch in left field to end a Las Vegas’ threat in the sixth inning.
Prott was rewarded a massive, rib eye steak from Larkan for his efforts.
Players on both teams signed autographs for kids at the conclusion of the game. Little League players who wore their jersey were granted free admission to the ballgame.
Many of the players approached and thanked Larkan and his Border Baseball staff for hosting the event.
“I love being in Del Rio,” Donaldson said. “Everybody is nice. The people are all friendly. They welcomed us. They fed us, so that’s a good thing.”