Win streaks continue in Alliance
Win streaks for both the WESTCO Zephyrs and Express continued with lopsided wins in Alliance Tuesday night.
The junior Express opened the evening with a 19-3 win and the senior Zephyrs closed it with a 15-5 six inning victory. For the Express it was their seventh win in a row. Matthew Mickey went the distance to get the win for the Express, who are now 24-9 on the year.
The Zephyrs picked up their fifth win in a row and moved to 29-16 for the campaign.
The Z's scored in the first when Joe Sanchez led off the game with a double, moved to third when Eric Moreno reached on an error, and crossed the plate on a ground out by Joe Moran.
Alliance quickly tied the game in the bottom of the first when Andrew Garza led off for the Spartans with a double. He moved to third on a one-out infield single by Andy Gomez, then scored on a wild pitch by Beau Lofink.
The Zephyrs took control of the contest in the second inning, scoring five runs on five hits. Sanchez and Moran both had two run singles in the inning.
Mark Moran's crew added three more in the third inning to go up 9-1. The big hit of the inning was a lead off home run over the leftfield fence by Connor Wilburn, his first of the season.
Alliance added a single tally in the bottom of the third, but WESTCO came back with two more in the fourth and four in the sixth.
With a 15-2 lead heading to the bottom of the sixth it looked like the Zephyrs would end the game early because of the ten run rule. They did, but the hosts made it interesting, scoring three times and leaving two runners on base.
Lofink went the distance for the Zephyrs, moving to 5-0 on the year. Before surrendering three runs on four hits in the final frame he kept Alliance in check on two runs and five hits. He struck out six and walked three.
Sanchez was perfect at the plate, 3-for-3, with two runs scored and two rbi. Wilburn was also perfect with two walks to go along with his first homer of the season. Dylan Busskohl had two hits including a run scoring triple in the third inning.
The Zephyrs, now 28-16, head to Laramie for a three day tournament that begins on Friday.
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