The Alpine Cowboys (21-18) refused to relinquish the lead after grabbing it early against the Salina Stockade (18-21), recording a 9-1 victory on Friday at Kokernot Field.
With seven runs in the first three innings, the Alpine Cowboys left no doubt about the eventual outcome.A steal of home by Reagan Rutledge in the first inning and a two-run double by Rutledge and a two-run double by Seth McLemore during the second inning fueled the Alpine Cowboys' offense early.
Rutledge racked up three RBIs on three hits for the Alpine Cowboys.
Jake Heissler racked up six strikeouts in the the Alpine Cowboys win. Heissler allowed one earned run on five hits and no walks over six innings.
Tim Blackmon ended up on the wrong side of the pitching decision, charged with his second loss of the year. He allowed seven runs in four innings, walked seven and struck out three.