Blackwell Flycatchers take on Garden City Wind in Kansas tonight in first of a six game set

June 22, 2023 | Sports

BLACKWELL — After dropping five games on the road to The The Roswell Invaders, the Blackwell Flycatchers returned home on to take on Santa Fe Fuego in what was supposed to be a two-game set.

However, Tuesday’s game ended up suspended and Wednesday’s game was rained out.

The Flycatchers are now 2-11 on the season and are ranked seventh in the eight team Mountain League of the Pecos League. The Roswell Invaders lead the league with a record of 15-3.

Tonight, the Flycatchers are in Garden City to take on the 8-7 Garden City Wind at Clint Lightner Stadium in the first of a six game set. 

Blackwell opened the season with a 9-2 victory over the Wind and later collected their second victory over the Wind, 3-1.

On Friday, the two teams will battle again in Blackwell in the first of five games in a row at Morgan Field.

Invader round up

The first of the five game set was played on Thursday with the 19-11 victory going to The Invaders.

Invaders pitcher Ian Concevitch, Atlanta, Georgia, recorded his second win of the season, going three innings and striking out three. Flycatchers’ pitcher Tate Jernigan, Houston, Texas, suffered the loss as he gave up three earned runs, three hits, a walk and did not complete an inning.

The Invaders scored three runs in the first inning off of Jernigan. In the second inning, The Flycatchers, picked up two runs off of Invaders veteran pitcher Rene Ramirez, Houston, Texas. In the fourth inning, The Flycatchers took the lead after plating five runs thanks in part to home run by first baseman Jeff Fripp, Houston, Texas.

After that the Invaders took over, scoring a total of 16 runs in three innings. Invaders’ veteran left fielder, Robert Morosetti, Pittsburgh, Pa. lead both teams in RBI’s with six.

Batting stats recorded for the game are as follows:

Veteran outfielder, Rammer Salinas, Houston, Texas, who has experience in the New York Yankees’ organization, lead Blackwell in hits with four, driving in two runs and scoring three.

Fripp knocked in three runs on three hits in six at bats and scored one run.

Veteran left fielder, Dominick Pissano, Manteca, Calif., and rookie right fielder Jack Skantze, Houston, Texas, both had two hits and one RBI. Pissano scored two runs while Skantze scored one run.

Veteran shortstop Joey Dice, Livermore, Calif., rookie infielder Derrick Shoem, Houston, Texas,  and veteran third baseman, Franklyn Perez, who has experience with the Tampa Bay Rays organization, all chipped in one hit. Pitchers Cade Johnson and CJ Mervilus, also recorded a hit.  The loss dropped the Flycatcher’s record to 2-7.

Friday’s game was postponed because of field issues and was rescheduled as the opening game of doubleheader on June 17.

The Invaders swept the doubleheader with a 25-6 win in game one and a 14-8 victory in game two, dropping the Flycatchers to 2-9.

Veteran pitcher David Escobar, Houston, Texas, suffered the loss in the opening matchup after allowing, six hits, four walks and nine earned runs in two innings. Fripp lead the Flycatchers in hitting with two hits in four at bats, three RBIs and two runs scored. Humberto Vela, Pasadena, Texas recorded the win for The Invaders. Dice took the loss for the Flycatchers in the second game after pitching a third of an inning and giving up two runs.

Rookie pitcher Matty Rones, Houston, Texas, started the game for Blackwell, going three innings, allowing five hits, and four earned runs. Salinas and rookie catcher Cameron Phillips, both had two hits while Skantze lead the Flycatchers in RBIs with two. (see feature story on Phillips here)

In the fourth game of the five game set, The Invaders defeated the Flycatchers 17-10. Rookie pitcher Kurt Trotter, Houston Texas, suffered the loss.

In the fifth game, The Invaders completed the five game sweep with a 18-8. Rones suffered the loss.

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