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Spradley Collegians, Pueblo Azteca both win at Stan Musial World Series day one

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    Stan Musial World Series

    Spradley Collegians' Lucas Quimby lays down a sacrifice bunt against EnFuego on Thursday during the Collegians' first game of the Stan Musial World Series on Hobbs Field.[CHIEFTAIN PHOTO/AUSTIN WHITE]

  • Stan Musial World Series
    Stan Musial World Series

    Spradley Collegians' first baseman Troy Puga makes a catch in foul territory against Enfuego on Thursday during the Collegians' first game of the Stan Musial World Series on Hobbs Field. [CHIEFTAIN PHOTO/AUSTIN WHITE]

  • Stan Musial World Series
    Stan Musial World Series

    Spradley Collegians' Logan Gibbons slides back to first after a pickoff attempt from Enfuego on Thursday during the Collegians' first game of the Stan Musial World Series on Hobbs Field. [CHIEFTAIN PHOTO/AUSTIN WHITE]


BY AUSTIN WHITE | The Pueblo Chieftain | JULY 18, 2019

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The Stan Musial World Series began a little bit like the season has gone for the Spradley Collegians.

A four-run first inning for the opponent in defending champs Enfuego was an immediate gut-punch, but slowly the Collegians worked back into the game.

Then in the fifth, Spradley turned it on with six runs and eventually went on to a 9-5 win to open up the home-town tournament on Hobbs Field.

“It’s always a good thing to get the first game in a tournament,” Collegians coach Tony Pachek said. “It gives your guys confidence and it all started with a good pitching performance and that sets the tone for an entire tournament.”

Starting on the mound was Otero Junior College’s Tim McIntyre, who would have been out of the first inning with no damage if a collision between shortstop and left fielder didn’t lead to more chances for Enfuego.

After that, McIntyre settled down and stayed in the rhythm he began the game with and allowed only one more run in his six innings of work.

“If we catch the ball, he gets out with no runs that first inning and it’s a whole different game,” Pachek said. “He battled through a little bit of adversity and threw up some zeros and kept us right in the ball game for our hitters to come do their job.”

Providing the game-winning RBI in the fifth was Alan Garcia, who had a 2-for-4 day as the Collegians batted around in the fifth inning.

Getting the first win in the Stan Musial World Series is an important step for the team trying to defend its home turf in the national recognized tournament.

And despite the ups and downs of the long summer slate, getting to the world series and closing out the season with a bang is all Pachek is hoping out of his crew.

“It should be,” Pachek on whether the guys are going all out for the tournament. “This was something we had on the books since the start of the year and I asked guys for all hands on desk.

“It’s the world series and we get to play at home so we might as well leave it all out on the field and do something special.”

The Pueblo Azteca 18U team also began the tournament Thursday and improved to 1-0 without even stepping on the field.

Miles City dropped out of the tournament and was Azteca’s lone opponent on the day, giving the Pueblo team a leg up already in the 19-and-older tournament.

Azteca will get a chance against two of those older squads today at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. against the Texas Prospects and New Mexico Frackers.

Spardley also plays two more games today at 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. against the Cutthroats and Parker Lightning.

Chieftain sports reporter Austin White can be reached by email at awhite@chieftain.com or on Twitter @ajwrules44.