Oct. 23, 2009
ALBUQUERUQE, N.M.-- In the third annual Lobo baseball alumni game, the Cherry squad (comprised mostly of the 2000 Mountain West Conference championship team) pounded the Silver squad 10-1 in a six-inning affair that pitted Lobo legends against Lobo legends, new and old, Friday night at Isotopes Park.
The Cherry side came out swinging early plating five runs in the first inning off Rob Hoover (1976-79) all with two outs. Scott Candelaria (1998-2000) belted a two-run homer to left field to get the scoring going before Cherry belted out five more hits with singles from Chris Alexander (2000-03), Donny Sevieri (1999-2002), Jake Little (1999-2000) and Miguel Montiel (2000) before Robert Gonzalez (1997-98) capped the hit fest with a double to put the Cherry squad up 5-0.
The only run Silver managed was in the bottom of the second when Quentin Andes unleashed a wild pitch to score Paul Huitt (1990-91), who doubled to start the inning.
Cherry claimed a 9-1 advantage with two-run singles from Stephen Smith (2007-08) and Matt Foote (2004-07) after Dusty Lucy (2007), Jason Bengert (2000-01) and Joe Salas (2001-04) opened the frame with three consecutive singles.
The Cherry pitching corps, coached by Cincinnati Red Danny Ray Herrera (2004-06) kept the Silver bats at bay the rest of the way. Jeff Perez (2000-01) struck out the side in the bottom of the fifth, although the final two punch-outs were 2009 pitchers Clinton Cox and Will Kerr.
Silver sported a surprising pitcher in Dane Hamilton (2006-09) in the top of the fourth. Hamilton, a former infielder, pitched a 1-2-3 frame.
Cherry added a run in the bottom of the fifth with an RBI groundout from Jay Russell (2004-07).
Salas sealed the Cherry win retiring the side in the bottom of the sixth.
Ernie Blackstone (1978) served as manager for the Silver while Rick Ronquillo (1979-83) managed the Cherry. Bob Lalicker (1947-49), the alumni honorary captain, threw out the game's ceremonial first pitch.
The 2010 edition of the Lobo baseball squad begins their Cherry-Silver series on Tuesday, Nov. 3 at 2 p.m. at Lobo Field.