There will be no Alpine Cowboys baseball this year, but some players still have a season to look forward to. Lance Myers and a few others from the 2019 Pecos League champions are heading to Houston to play an abridged schedule.
Five teams will call Coastal Baseball Field home from July 1 to Aug. 25. While Myers is disappointed that there will be no baseball at Kokernot Field this summer, he sees an opportunity ahead.
“I'd much rather be playing in Alpine,” Myers said this week. “But I’m making the best of this situation. Having all of us in one location will give us a better chance of being noticed by scouts.”
Myers said he is grateful that he is donning a Stockade uniform. He is friends with their coach, and the other teams in Houston share a name with the Cowboys’ biggest rivals.
“It would be really weird to put on a Santa Fe uniform, or Trinidad, or the Roswell Invaders,” said Myers.
Like Myers, Alejando Amezquita stuck around Alpine after the 2019 season was over. The winning pitcher in the title-clinching game got a job at True Value, and prepared for the season that wasn’t. He would like to go to Houston, but it would coincide with his plans to see his family back in Guatemala.
“COVID-19 changed everything,” said Amezquita. “Now I'm applying to study at Sul Ross. I want to enjoy my time and take advantage of all this, so I’m thinking about kinesiology. Hopefully the Cowboys will have a 2021 season.”
Before all the dramatics of the ninth inning comeback win by the Cowboys in Game 2 of the Pecos League Championship Series, Amezquita got the last six outs on the mound for Alpine. Jake Woods and other set-up men had worked the night before, so Amezquita knew his number might be called. As a current member of the Guatemalan National Team, the crafty righty is used to high-pressure situations.
“I was probably one of the most fresh pitchers they had,” he recalled. “They trusted in me. All the time you have nerves. That’s normal in a baseball player. But it depends on how you control it. I was like, ‘This is the final game, this is what I’ve been working for and I want a ring, so lets do it.’”