Cowboys warming up for opener

The Alpine o6 Cowboys rush the field at Kokernot Park after a victory last August. 

As the school year winds down, spring training begins for the Alpine o6 Cowboys. Kokernot Field transforms from a scholastic setting for the local high school and college into a rowdy professional baseball park where dreams stay alive, sometimes late in to the night.

Monday afternoon was the first practice for an assortment of recent college graduates hoping to advance to higher levels of minor league baseball. So far 22 players, including seven returners, are on the Cowboys roster. Most have taken over Paisano Baptist Encampment while the search for willing host families continues.

Roster building is an ongoing process that includes waiting on prospects who hope they get drafted by Major League Baseball in mid-June. First-year head coach Sean Persky and Assistant General Manager Derek Pollacchi oversee a team that hasn’t missed the playoffs since the founding of the Pecos League in 2011.

After starting the season in Santa Fe on May 30, the Cowboys will host White Sands at the home opener on Tuesday, June 4 at 7 p.m.

The team is also looking for a public address announcer for the 2019 season that ends in early August.

For more information about becoming a host family or inquiring about the PA announcer opening, contact the Cowboys at 432-386-3402, or on their Facebook page at Alpine Cowboys Pro Baseball Team.

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