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Luna rallies with eight-run sixth, snaps streak

By Dave Kavanaugh

Down but not out, the Luna Community College Rough Riders rallied back from a 7-0 chasm to seize a 10-7 comeback victory over visiting Trinidad State Junior College on Tuesday, March 19, at Brandt Park.

Luna ended what had been a 19-game losing skid, picking up its fourth win of the season.

The Trojans scored three runs in the first inning and four in the second. Luna cut the lead to 7-2 in the bottom of the second, and strong defense by both sides kept that score intact until the bottom of the sixth.

That’s when the Rough Riders surged for an eight-run inning to steal control.

Adrian Munoz doubled twice as part of a 3-for-4 outing for LCC (4-23). He drove in two runs, as did teammates Spencer Heyden and Patrick McGee. A.J. Knowles and Dustin Sipe also drove in runs for the Rough Riders.

Sipe, Sam Creed and Nick Rodriguez were credited with double plays for Luna, helping relief pitcher Tyler Wilkinson (1-0) pick up the win. Wilkinson went five innings, limiting the Trojans to no runs on three hits and one walk, striking out two. Luna’s Dylan Begay threw two innings of shutout relief, and he and starter Keaton Christy also recorded two strikeouts apiece.

Tuesday’s game was a makeup game after the team’s original date with TSJC on Feb. 25 was cancelled due to weather. It gave the teams a split of their season series; TSJC won a 7-6 nailbiter back on Feb. 20 in Trinidad, Colo.

Trinidad State saw its three-game win streak end, slipping to 13-12 overall.

Luna is scheduled to resume conference play at El Paso Community College for a four-game series Friday and Saturday in El Paso, Texas.