With 22 baseball players from all across the United States, it’s typical for some teams to begin a slow process of meshing together and playing as a unit.

On Thursday night, the White Sands Pupfish made positive strides in being able to play as a solid unit.

With winds gusting to near 45mph and a thunderstorm looming in the distance, the Pupfish (7 9)defeated the Alpine Cowboys (6 7) 4 1 at the Griggs Sports Complex to start the four game series.

White Sands put together a great team win that had solid pitching, defense and timely hitting. Pupfish field manager Mickey Speaks was proud of his team for notching the win.

“Anthony threw a lot of pitches, but he made pitches when he needed to,” Speaks said. “Got to see Cameron bounce back from a couple rough outings.cheapnfljerseysonlinef I think he’ll be back now, big confidence boost for him. I’m tickled the way we played defense. We played defense a lot better tonight and I think the guys are starting to mesh together and we’re starting to see where people need to play.

“The big thing about tonight’s win was it was a real tight baseball win. We didn’t have to score 15 runs to win. It was more of a regular old baseball game. That gives you a lot of boost when you know you don’t have to score a lot to win.”

The Pupfish took a 2 0 lead in the bottom of the first after a pair of RBI singles by Mark Davis and TJ Wharton.

White Sands kept Alpine scoreless for five consecutive frames.

Eric Kalbfliesh delivered a two out RBI single in the bottom of the third to extend the Pupfish lead to 3 0.

Alpine finally ended the drought in the top of the sixth. Eric Ferguson crossed the plate after an error by the second baseman.

Gareth Graves plated home the final run of the night on an RBI groundout in the bottom of the sixth.

Wharton led White Sands going 3 for 4 with three singles and an RBI. He has a team best 30 hits and is carrying a .411 average.

Kalbfliesh is riding a 10 game hitting streak. He went 1 for 4 with a single and anRBI. Kalbfliesh has a team best average of .412. Davis finished 1 for 4 with a single and an RBI to extend his hit streak to four games.

Vladimir Gomez tallied a double to go 1 for 4 while Macyn Clifford went 1 for 3 with a single to extend his hitting streak to six games.

Anthony Pastrana (1 1) tossed five innings allowing four hits while striking out seven batters.

“This team’s one of the better team’s in the league,” Pastrana said. “Today I came in trying to be better every single time I’m out there and I started to get a little tired towards the end. Our defense played well. Overall it’s a good win for the team. I’m really confident that we have a really good ball club here. We have some really good arms now.

“Our rotation is starting to come together and overall as long as we continue playing well we know that we are going to compete in this league.”

Pupfish reliever Adrian Garcia made his fifth appearance throwing two innings allowing two hits. Cameron Powers picked up his first save of the season in a bounce back performance. Powers threw two innings allowing one hit and fanning one batter.

White Sands matched Alpine in hits, 7 7. Alpine committed three errors.

Alpine outfielder Ariel Adut went 2 for 4 with two singles and a walk while Seth McLemore finished 2 for 4 with two singles.

Reagan Rutledge is riding a seven game hitting streak. He finished 1 for 5 with a single.

Cowboys starter Jake Heissler (0 3) allowed six hits in six innings while allowing two earned runs and striking out four batters. Adam Ogburn and Korie Vire each combined for two innings of relief. The duo allowed one hit and fanned two batters.

“Definitely out here you don’t have much time to linger on bad losses or games we gave away,” Powers said. “I think we did a great job. We just flushed it and came out with a fresh attitude and different outlook on the game. We played hard all night, we played together and things turned out like they should.

“It takes time. All these guysare spread out across the world and we come together and expect to be best friends in two weeks. It takes a little longer than that, but I think we’re doing a great job coming together. Every wins a big win, especially in the Southern Division. As long as we can compete with those guys we’re going to be in good shape throughout the season.”

Promotion:Left handed starter Billy Waltrip was promoted to the Sioux Falls Canaries of the American Association. Waltrip departed Alamogordo around noon Friday. In just three starts he posted a 1.98 ERA and a 3 0 mark with 41 strikeouts in 22 2/3 total innings pitched. He posted a season best 16 strikeouts in a complete gameagainst Tucson on May 31. Since 2011, 218 Pecos League players have been promoted to higher level leagues. Waltrip becomes the 42nd White Sands player to earn a promotion.

Alpine White Sands rivalry:Head to head, Alpine and White Sands have met 79 times since 2011. Alpine owns the all time series 49 30.

Pulls Over Cop Driving In Unmarked Car In Washington

Gavin Seim, who describes himself as a constitutional activist, recently filmed himself flagging over a police officer who was driving an unmarked car in Grant County, Wash.

The cop seems partly amused, partly in disbelief as Seim asks him for identification.

“That’s not ID, sir,” Seim counters. “If I showed you a badge if you stopped me, would you take that as ID? C’mon. Let’s be reasonable. Anybody can have a patch, sir.”

The officer then shows two forms of ID.

Seim asks if he’s been stopping people in the unmarked vehicle. When the officer admits he has, Seim explains that it’s against state law to do so.

“I’m not going to write you up today,” Seim says. “What I am going to encourage you to do is take this car back.”

When the officer starts to smile, Seim holds firm: “I could call a sheriff out here and demand that you be written up for this because you are in open violation of Washington State RCWs.”

The exchange remains polite throughout, and ends with one final table turner as Seim sends the cop off with a “you be safe out there” in the edited clip. (Seim has also posted the unedited exchange here.)

Here’s the law Seim is referring to:

“It is unlawful for any public officer having charge of any vehicle owned or controlled by any county, city, town, or public body in this state other than the state of Washington and used in public business to operate the same upon the public highways of this state unless and until there shall be displayed upon such automobile or other motor vehicle in letters of contrasting color not less than one and one quarter inches in height in a conspicuous place on the right and left sides thereof, the name of such county, city, town, or other public body, together with the name of the department or office upon the business of which the said vehicle is used.”