Pain in Crane: Bucks fall 5-4 as controversial calls run rampant

by dentonramsey

Pain in Crane: Bucks fall 5-4 as controversial calls run rampant

By Denton Ramsey / Staff Writer

The Alpine Bucks fell 5-4 on Tuesday night on the road in a district match-up against Crane.

Coming off a 12-1 district win, Crane came in with high hopes.

But those hopes were dashed as the Bucks were the first to score and held onto a solid shutout leadthrough 5 2/3 innings.

Merced Muniz was on the mound for the Bucks when the sixth inning stike-not-called occured.

With two outs and the bases loaded on a full count, Muniz threw a pitch right down the middle, only to have the homeplate umpire call a ball to walk in Crane’s first run of the game.

What followed was a Crane double, plating two runs to cut the Bucks lead to 4-3. Crane managed to cross the plate twice more in their district outing, taking a 5-4 lead and holding on for the win.

Last Tuesday night, the Alpine Fightin’ Bucks beat the Anthony Wildcats 7-1. Junior left hander Chris Navarette had another solid performance, getting the complete game victory while walking jut one, striking out five and allowing a mere four hits with no earned runs.

Against Anthony, the Bucks were lead offensively by Senior Merced Muniz (1-1, 1-RS, 2-BB), senior firstbaseman Mario Martinez (2-3, 2-RS, 3-RBI, 1-BB), senior right fielder John Carlo Torres (3-4, 1-RS, 2-RBI) and senior center fielder Wesley O’Bryant (2-3).