2010 CBL Championship

This page is dedicated to the 2010 Continental Baseball League championship series between the Big Bend Cowboys and the Las Cruces Vaqueros.  The Cowboys won the 3rd game of the best-of-three series to become the final Continental Baseball League champions.

2010 CBL Big Bend Cowboys Championship Photo
The Big Bend Cowboys bask in the glow of their Continental Baseball League championship following a 14-1 victory at Kokernot Field in Alpine. Photo courtesy of Big Bend Cowboys

(Photo Credit, as best as can be determined, is that this was a team/staff photo.  If incorrect, please contact us to give proper attribution/credit)


A great recap of the three games, including some final end of season stats for the Cowboys (in PDF format):  http://bigbendarc.com/archive/NEWSLETTERS/2010/2010_07/2010-07_Bark_page_2.pdf

Article from right before the 2010 championship series, with lots of mention and speculation about the impending start of the Pecos League the following season (2011):  http://www.oaoa.com/article_d747046c-9cd9-5f28-acd3-7696b49f5b50.html

Mention of the Big Bend Cowboys winning the final CBL championship:  http://thegmsperspective.com/news/index.html?article_id=37

Box Scores From Championship Series

These came from the old BigBendCowboys.com website:

7/30 Play by Play PDF Print E-mail
Written by Aaron Rodriguez
Friday, 30 July 2010 00:00
2010 Big Bend Cowboys Baseball


Las Cruces at Big Bend Cowboys – Play-by-Play

Jul 30, 2010 at Alpine, TX (Kokernot Field)

Score by Innings                    R  H  E


Las Cruces………. 031 000 000 –  4 12  0

Big Bend Cowboys…. 001 000 200 –  3  8  0


Las Cruces starters: 6/2b Browne; 0/ss Gonzalez; 3/lf J. Lilly; 30/1b Notoro;

0/rf Detwiller; 0/dh Olson; 13/c Underkoffler; 9/3b M. Saum; 0/cf H. Fuentes;

0/p McNeal;

7/31 Play by Play PDF Print E-mail
Written by Aaron Rodriguez
Sunday, 01 August 2010 13:53
2010 Big Bend Cowboys Baseball


Las Cruces at Big Bend Cowboys – Play-by-Play

Jul 31, 2010 at Alpine, TX (Kokernot Field)

Score by Innings                       R  H  E


Las Cruces………. 000 100 0   00 –  1  8  3

Big Bend Cowboys…. 000 020 (12)0X – 14 13  2


Las Cruces starters: 6/2b Browne; 0/ss Gonzalez; 3/lf J. Lilly; 30/1b Notoro;

0/rf Detwiller; 0/dh Olson; 13/c Underkoffler; 9/3b M. Saum; 0/cf H. Fuentes;

32/p Guinn;

7/29 Play by Play PDF Print E-mail
Written by Aaron Rodriguez
Thursday, 29 July 2010 00:00
2010 Big Bend Cowboys Baseball
Las Cruces at Big Bend Cowboys – Play-by-Play
Jul 29, 2010 at Alpine TX (Kokernot Field)


Score by Innings R H E
Las Cruces………. 001 010 011 – 4 8 0
Big Bend Cowboys…. 100 302 00X – 6 9 2

Las Cruces starters: 6/2b Browne; 40/dh Van Ostrund; 3/rf J. Lilly; 0/lf Olson;
0/ss Gonzalez; 0/3b Thomas; 30/1b Notoro; 0/cf H. Fuentes; 9/c M. Saum; 35/p
Big Bend Cowboys starters: 27/cf Hicks; 7/dh Dobre; 2/c Wells; 10/1b C.
O’Neill; 28/3b N. Ochoa; 1/lf E. Garcia; 36/rf D. Stanfield; 14/2b J. Lucero;
16/ss C. Collins; 20/p J. Dale;


Here is a video clip taken after the championship game when the Big Bend Cowboys defeated the Las Cruces Vaqueros for the 2010 (final) CBL championship:


This photo’s credit goes to the Alpine Avalanche and/or the staff photographer who provided it to the local newspaper. It shows Bob Ward holding the CBL championship after the final game in CBL history (2010 championship game). Please visit this link for the full story: http://www.alpineavalanche.com/news/sports/article_5e93cf45-e571-5e70-877f-9cf57c9f2493.html

Bob Ward holding the 2010 Continental Baseball League championship after the final game in CBL history. Full credit for this photo goes to the Alpine Avalanche

Recap from the Alpine Avalanche article listed above, but it in the “raw” HTML format from the article. Please click the link mentioned above this photo and sign up to the Avalanche to get full archived stories about the Cowboys and other Big Bend area news in a much more readable format then you will read below (the following format is hard to read, so please consider supporting the Avalanche for keeping up these archives for over the last 10+ years):

<p>Even before the 2010 Continental Baseball League season started,
Big Bend Cowboys manager Donnie Randell set the team bar at the
highest level.</p>
</div><div class="subscriber-preview"><p>“Last year, we wanted to be competitive — and we were (reaching
the playoff finals before losing to Alexandria),” he said. “This
season, we want to win the championship.”</p>
</div><div class="subscriber-only"><p>On Saturday, the Cowboys rode over the bar, scoring 12 runs in
the seventh inning to rout Las Cruces 14-1 in the deciding game of
the best-of-three title series.</p>
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<div id="tncms-region-article_instory_top" class="tncms-region hidden-print"></div><div class="subscriber-only"><p>Justin Lucero’s three-run homer lifted the Cowboys to a 6-4 win
in Thursday’s opener at Kokernot Field before the Vaqueros built an
early 4-0 edge en route to a 4-3 triumph Friday evening.</p>
</div><div class="subscriber-only"><p>On Saturday, though, the Cowboys closed the book on the CBL’s
short history in decisive fashion.</p>
</div><div class="subscriber-only"><p>Las Cruces enjoyed a brief 1-0 lead on Mitch Saum’s
fourth-inning the single, one of four hits in the frame. The
Cowboys forged ahead in the fifth as Darryl Stanfield singled,
stole second and, after Lucero walked, both runners advanced on a
passed ball. Tyler Hicks’ one-out sacrifice fly plated Stanfield,
and Mike Dobre singled home Lucero for a 2-1 edge.</p>
</div><div class="subscriber-only"><p>Righthander Anthony Gibbons preserved the lead through seven
innings, then the Cowboys removed all doubt with their biggest
single frame of the year.</p>
</div><div class="subscriber-only"><p>Walks to Hicks and Kyle Wells sandwiched Dobre’s single, and
Corey O’Neill rapped a base hit to plate two. Successive walks to
Nick Ochoa and Javier Arrieta made the score 5-1; Stanfield singled
and Lucero was nicked by a pitch for a 7-1 margin, then another
walk to Hicks forced home the sixth run of the rally. Dobre added a
two-run single, Wells added an RBI hit, and Ochoa’s three-run
double ended the 12-run, seven-hit outburst.</p>
</div><div class="subscriber-only"><p>Gibbons spaced seven hits and one walk over seven innings to
gain the win. He struck out four. Reed Alfieri allowed one hit and
struck out one in the final two frames. Stanfield and Dobre had
three hits each in the 13-hit attack. Wells, Ochoa and Arrieta
added two each and Wells one. Both Ochoa and Dobre drove in three
</div><div class="subscriber-only"><p>Thursday: Lucero’s three-run, fourth-inning blast provided the
lead and he added an RBI double in the sixth to pad the margin as
the Cowboys held off the Vaqueros in the playoff opener.</p>
</div><div class="subscriber-only"><p>Jimmy Dale spaced six hits and three runs over eight innings and
Scott Shimek, aided by a game-ending double play, collected the
</div><div class="subscriber-only"><p>Big Bend grabbed a1-0 edge in the first on singles by Hicks and
Dobre and O’Neill’s fielder’s choice. Mike Notoro evened the count
with a solo homer to lead off the third.</p>
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<div id="tncms-region-article_instory_middle" class="tncms-region hidden-print"></div><div class="subscriber-only"><p>In the fourth, the Cowboys struck back as Ochoa walked, Garcia
singled and with one out, Lucero launched his first homer of the
season. Eddie Browne’s double plated Henry Fuentes, who walked,
with a Las Cruces tally in the fifth.</p>
</div><div class="subscriber-only"><p>Big Bend strung together three two-out hits to build a 6-2
margin after six. Stanfield singled, Lucero doubled to score
Stanfield, then raced home on Cody Collins’ base hit.</p>
</div><div class="subscriber-only"><p>Dale kept the Vaqueros in check until the eighth, yielding a
two-out homer to Steven Detwiler. Shimek took over in the ninth,
and was greeted by Notoro’s second circuit blast of the game. After
a groundout, Saum walked and Browne singled, but Shimek induced
David Van Ostrund to bounce into a second-short-first twin
</div><div class="subscriber-only"><p>Dale walked two and struck out five over eight frames, while
Shimek yielded two hits, a run and a walk in the ninth.</p>
</div><div class="subscriber-only"><p>Lucero and Stanfield each had two hits, while Hicks, Dobre,
Collins, Garcia and Wells had one apiece. Lucero drove in four runs
and Collins and O’Neill had one RBI each.</p>
</div><div class="subscriber-only"><p>Friday: Sean Kramer staved off a ninth-inning threat with three
strikeouts as the Vaqueros evened the series Friday night.</p>
</div><div class="subscriber-only"><p>Las Cruces built an early 4-0 lead with three in the second and
one in the third. Big Bend scored in the third as Lucero walked,
moved up on a wild pitch and a flyout, then trotted home on a
</div><div class="subscriber-only"><p>The Cowboys closed within 4-3 in the eighth as Ochoa led off
with a homer. Arrieta drew a walk, moved up on a groundout and
rambled across the plate on Lucero’s single.</p>
</div><div class="subscriber-only"><p>Ochoa opened the ninth with a double off Kramer, who relieved
starter Blum. Kramer fanned the next two hitters, walked Lucero,
then ended the game with another whiff.</p>
</div><div class="subscriber-only"><p>Cowboy starter Kevin Cooper worked seven innings, granting 10
hits and four runs. He walked four and struck out seven. Alfieri
and Shimek each hurled scoreless frames, granting one hit apiece.
Ochoa homered, doubled and singled to lead Big Bend’s eight-hit
attack. Wells added two singles and Dobre, Hicks and Lucero one
</div><div class="subscriber-only"><p>Cowboy Tracks: The Cowboys held a 10-9 season edge over the
Vaqueros, with six games decided by one run, two by two runs and
three by three tallies. … Unofficially, Ochoa finished the year
with a .475 batting average, a team-high 11 homers and 37 RBI. …
O’Neill slugged 10 homers, a triple and 12 doubles among his 65
hits, batting .404 with a team-leading 55 RBI. … Dobre, acquired at
mid-season, responded with a sizzling .536 average and 17 RBI,
while Hicks, another mid-year addition, batted .407. …</p>
</div><div class="subscriber-only"><p>Twelve other players with extended duty batted .300 or

Another photo found, with full credit to the Lavender Chick blog (click here):

big bend cowboys winning 2010 Continental Baseball League championship
Credit to Lavender Chick blog: https://lavenderchick.blogspot.com