Bears’ sixth-inning bite cripples ’Cats

Ignacio’s Rendon Mestas greets – and dismisses – Dolores’ Dakota Smith (21) with this tag at third base during the Bobcats’ season-ending 9-0 road loss Thursday, May 10.
Ignacio’s Adam House gets down to prevent a short throw from scooting past him and allowing Dolores’ Neil Farias (20) to take off for second base during IHS’ season-ending 9-0 road loss Thursday, May 10.
Ignacio’s Kai Roubideaux deals to the dish during the Bobcats’ road trip to Dolores last Thursday, May 10. Roubideaux struck out nine Bears in five completed innings of work, but the Bobcats’ season ended with a 9-0 loss.
Joel Priest | Special to the Drum
Joel Priest | Special to the Drum
Joel Priest | Special to the Drum

IHS’ season ends, nine-to-nada, at Dolores

Energized by turning a bases-loaded, 1-2-3 double play to end visiting Ignacio’s promising (seniors Marcus Chapman, Cole McCaw and Kai Roubideaux had each drawn a one-out walk) sixth inning against relief pitcher Justin Purkat – who ultimately got Rendon Mestas to bounce back to the mound, triggering the twin killing the Dolores Bears then scored seven runs in the home half en route to a 9-0-win Thursday, May 10, upon their Joe Rowell Park field.

Highlighted by senior catcher David Schmittel’s two-RBI single and junior Cameron Chavez’s two-RBI double – both knocks came during a short relief stint for Chapman (0 IP, 2 H, 4 R, ER, BB, 0 K) – soon after, DHS wrought their worst against all three pitchers IHS field marshal Bert Miller put atop the hill during the 2A-District 3/5 Tournament play-in, with the right-handed Roubideaux (5 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 9 K) taking the loss.

Lefty, Adam House (IP, H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K) managed to stop the hemorrhaging, but the damage proved irreparable after the visitors failed to plate either of the two individuals reaching base during the top of the seventh.

Chavez started for Dolores and earned the win after slinging five innings of two-hit ball, fanning three and walking just one. That fortunate ’Cat was Lawrence Toledo in the third inning, and he advanced all the way to third base before being stranded when Bear first baseman Dakota Smith made a fine play to retire Chapman.

Toledo also singled in the fifth before Chavez got House to hit into a rally-stopping 5-3 DP. Pinch-hitting for Toledo in the seventh, Clay Campbell drew a walk against Purkat (2 IP, H, 4 BB, 4 K), meaning the 7-hole in Ignacio’s order was its most productive.

Batting fifth, Ian Weinreich went 2-for-3 with a pair of inning-opening singles to rightfield, but he would go no farther than second base as IHS finished the season standing a disappointing 4-16 overall.

Dolores, which had only led 2-0 through five innings before earning a fourth win in as many tries versus the ’Cats in 2018, finished 9-12 overall after losing 15-5 to State Tournament-bound Hotchkiss in semifinal action two days later at neutral Olathe H.S. The Bulldogs then dipped to 17-3, however, after losing the finale to State-bound arch-nemesis Paonia (19-2) by a 7-2 margin.

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