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This page is dedicated to the Big Bend Cowboys independent professional baseball team.  The team played in the CBL during the 2009 and 2010 seasons, winning the final (2010) CBL championship.  The Cowboys now play in the Pecos League as the Alpine Cowboys, still playing at Kokernot Field.



Update on Ryan Stevens, former manager for the BigBend Cowboys:  click this link

—>  Sept 2019 update on Ryan Stevens:

Fan blog post about the 2009 Big Bend Cowboys and Kokernot Field:

Mentions of the Big Bend Cowboys in 2010 when Tiffany Brooks was signed to a spring training contract:

Here are some articles about Kokernot Field:

Article about 2010 manager Ryan Stevens:

Picture of the Cowboys’ team doctor:  click here

2009 review of the team’s uniforms, caps and logo:  click here

Update on Ryan Stevens, former manager for the BigBend Cowboys:  go here


The Cowboys of 2009 and 2010 were invited earlier this year for a 10 year reunion of the original team (2009) by the current Alpine Cowboys (Pecos League).  Here is the link to the Facebook events page for the reunion:


Here is an April 2010 newsletter from the Big Bend Amateur Radio Club  (PDF).  On page 2 is the original 2010 CBL schedule for the Cowboys which lists games against the West Texas Road Hogs (later replaced before the season by the returning Coastal Kingfish), and the regular season going to August 15, 2010 – with the playoffs then beginning August 17, 2010:


This write up appeared on the Big Bend Cowboys’ website in September 2009, about 3 weeks after the season ended:

Thursday, 17 September 2009 11:59
During our inaugural season the Cowboys were able to provide a great environment and opportunity to many great baseball players to showcase their skills. Early in the season shortstop Brandon Wilkerson was signed by the Houston Astros to play in their affiliated minor league farm system. He is the first position player to be signed by an affiliated organization from the CBL in it’s short history. In the middle of the season relief pitchers Johnny Dillard and Stephen Szkotak were both acquired by other independent baseball teams. Dillard had a successful run with the American Association’s El Paso Diablos, while Szkotak was learning the ropes in the Frontier League with the Florence Freedom. Many other Cowboy players had great seasons with the club and we look forward to furthering their careers should the opportunity ever arise. If you are a minor league affiliated or independent team looking to acquire one of our great players please contact Assistant General Manager and Director of Pro Personnel David Turpie. The Cowboys will also be holding camps to look for new players in the offseason, so keep a look-out on our website or contact Field Manager and Director of Baseball Operations Donald Randell for more information.

Here are several write ups which appeared on earlier versions of the old website:

Flu cancels Thursday game   
Written by Red Ruffansore   
Thursday, 16 July 2009 14:40


ALPINE, Texas (July 16, 2009) — A severe stomach flu has sidelined at least ten South Louisiana Pipeliners players, and the team will not be able to make the trip to Alpine for Thursday night’s game against the Big Bend Cowboys.

Liners manager David Angeron said that the ten were too ill to undertake a 14-hour trip in the heat and then play baseball, and that the team did not have enough remaining players to field a full team for the series opener.

As a result, the Thursday night game — slated to be a “Purple Haze” night to honor the Alpine Fighting Bucks baseball team, will be played as the first game of a double-header on Saturday.  The first game wlil start at 4:00 p.m., with the regularly scheduled game to follow at 7:00 p.m.  Tickets for either the Thursday or Saturday night games will allow admission to both of the Saturday games.

The Fighting Bucks will be honored next Thursday night, July 23, along with the members of the school’s Lady Bucks softball team.

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 July 2009 15:37
Pitcher of the Week   
Written by Administrator   
Wednesday, 15 July 2009 10:09
Chris Bennett of the Big Bend Cowboys was named Pitcher of the Week in the Continental Baseball League.  Chris appeared in relief in 3 consecutive games (4.0 IP total). He earned a save and a victory, allowing 0 ER, and recorded 4 strikeouts.
Cowboys Sign Outfielder Ellis   
Written by Red Ruffansore   
Tuesday, 14 July 2009 17:36


ALPINE, Texas (July 14, 2009) – The Big Bend Cowboys announced today that they have signed centerfielder Lee Ellis, who played the past two seasons in the Baltimore Orioles organization. Ellis, 24, played his college ball at California Lutheran University, where he was a classmate of Cowboys catcher Brett Urie.   Ellis was a defensive standout for the Kingsmen and led the team in batting average (.353), home runs, total bases, triples, and runs scored. 

The 6’2”, 210-pound Ellis spent 2007 with the Orioles’ rookie team in the Gulf Coast League, and last year was promoted to Aberdeen, where 6000-seat Ripken Stadium has been sold out for every game since 2002.  For the Ironbirds, he played solid defense but hit only .210, struggling somewhat with the strike zone.  He started this season with Aberdeen on the disabled list.

Cowboys manager Donnie Randell said he’s pleased to get a player with Ellis’s skills and experience.  “He’s got all the tools,” said Randell, after Ellis worked out for this team earlier this week.  “He can definitely help us in the outfield and from what we can see he can really hit, too.  He’s been playing in a good organization, and that helps, too.”


Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 July 2009 18:19
Cowboys Win Series 3-1   
Written by David Turpie   
Monday, 13 July 2009 08:34

The Big Bend Cowboys won a tightly contested series against the third place Texarkana Gunslingers this past weekend to continue their ascent in the CBL standings. The Cowboys are now a 0.5 game out of third place and only 3.5 out of second place. The Cowboys weathered less than stellar performances from their solid starting pitching roatation most of the weekend, but on Sunday righthander Curt Dixon (4-3) came through with five shutout innings while striking out four Gunslingers to secure his fourth win of the season and lower his ERA below 3.20. Stephen Szkotak delivered a multi-inning save (3) to secure the game and the series victory. Catcher Brett Urie was the Cowboys player of the game, going 2-4 at the plate with a game high 3 RBI’s.

For the series the Cowboys scored 28 runs, but gave up 25 runs to the Gunslingers to keep it close and competitive every inning of every game. Thursday night reliever Chris Bennett (2-0) came into the game in the 7th inning and pitched two solid innings striking-out two Gunslingers and giving-up no earned runs. The Player of the game was Eric Garcia who hit a walk-off game winning single in the ninth inning. Friday night the Cowboys came back from a 9-0 defecit early to tie the game and lose on an error in extra innings, but the game was a gritty and determined effort that won the Cowboys alot of respect. Designated Hitter Chris Dabbs was the player of the game for hitting a late three-run home run to get the Cowboys back in the game. Saturday night reliever Miles Morgan (1-0) secured his first victory of the season after stemming a Gunslingers rally and delivering a solid 2.2 innings of scoreless baseball. The Player of the game was Chris Bennett who secured his first save of the season in 1.2 innings of scoreless baseball in which he struck-out two Gunslingers.

The Cowboys will now face the fifth place South Louisiana Pipeliners for a four game home series this upcoming weekend. The Pipeliners went 1-3 down in Bay Area against the Toros this past weekend, but they are a resilient and talented group that won’t go down without a fight. The Cowboys will look to use the series as a springboard to continue moving up the standings in the CBL and attain a home playoff berth here in Alpine in the first round.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 July 2009 10:15
Boys Hold on For Win Over Texarkana   
Written by Red Ruffansore   
Sunday, 12 July 2009 10:59


ALPINE, Texas (July 11, 2009) — The Big Bend Cowboys managed only seven hits—all singles—Saturday night at Kokernot Field.  But they made them pay off, scoring six runs in the first inning and holding on for a 7-5 win over the visiting Texarkana Gunslingers.  Seven different Cowboys scored in the game.

On a night when the Cowboys honored Sul Ross State University’s 1999 Conference Champion baseball team and saluted returning players from the school’s illustrious volleyball tradition, the ‘Boys played their best ball of the series.  The Gunslingers, the runningest team in the CBL, went only 1-for-3 in stolen bases and Big Bend made several strong defensive plays, including a spectacular leaping double-play turned by second baseman Beau Manning.

Texarkana starter Alex Van Oeveren lasted only seven batters, giving up two walks, four hits, and an error, and was charged with six runs.  Tyler French, the Gunslingers’ most reliable starter all year, came in to stop the bleeding.  He allowed only one run in his 6-1/3 innings of relief.

The opening six-run lead gave starter Lance Luetge his biggest cushion of the season so far, but Texarkana scored twice in the fourth and put up three more as Luetge left the game with two outs in the top of the fifth.  At that point Cowboy relievers Miles Morgan and Chris Bennett shut the door, holding the Gunslingers scoreless over the last 4-1/3 innings to preserve the win.  Morgan (1-0) picked up his first win, and Bennett earned his first save.

Bennett, who dropped his team-leading ERA to 1.64, has been a thorn in Texarkana’s side all season.  He’s 2-0 with a save, and has allowed no earned runs in 7 innings against the Gunslingers, while striking out 9.  Morgan, since joining the Cowboys, has allowed only 8 hits in 15 innings, while posting a 1.80 ERA.

Eric Williams went 2-for-4, picking up his league-leading 42nd and 43rd hits, and raising league-leading average to .387.  He also leads the league in on-base percentage at .524.

Texarkana’s Trey George, the league’s second leading hitter, smacked a pair of doubles, walked, and accounted for four of the Gunslingers’ five runs.

The two teams will meet again at 2:00 on Sunday at Kokernot Field in the series finale. 

Cowboys Corral CBL ChampionshipPDFPrintE-mail
Written by Rev. Barry A. Zavah   
Monday, 02 August 2010 20:42

Big Bend stops Las Cruces drive in 14-1 stampede.

Sooner or later, the unpredictable becomes predictable.  That’s the same about lightning and pundits’ predictions.  Throw out all the pre-Continental Baseball League Ferguson Jenkins Championship Series hype about how evenly matched the Big Bend Cowboys and Las Cruces Vaqueros were and that Game 3 of the series was going to be another nail bitter.  Instead, Big Bend’s 14-1 blow-out of their arch-rivals in the rubber match threw all the 1-run games separating winner from loser season right off the quarried stone walls of Kokernot Field Saturday afternoon in Alpine, TX.

The odds were the faithful were in-store for another tight affair based upon the number of 1-run victories among the two clubs.  On the back of the Cowboys 6-4 victory in Game 1 and the Vaqueros 4-3 nail biter win in Game 2, include the undeniable fact this magnificent baseball Championship Series seemed to be coming down to another potboiler for the series concluding Game 3.

Akin to the ace reliever coming out of the bullpen to toy with opposition batters, like a cat would with a frenzied mouse – the fans were the proverbial frenzied mouse.  Yet, they were enjoying every-lovin’ minute of it; even as the bell tolled on the last three games in the history of the four year old Continental Baseball League, which folded with the final out of Game 3.

The nature of what was unfolding before the fans in remote, Far West Texas  (read more)….


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;

7/30 Play by PlayPDFPrintE-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;

7/29 Play by PlayPDFPrintE-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;
Last Updated on Friday, 30 July 2010 13:59


Here are some photos from the 2009/2010 10 year reunion held in Alpine for all Big Bend/Alpine Cowboys alumni.  They were taken July 4, 2019 and on the team’s Facebook page: and



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
Here is an image of the Big Bend Cowboys from the current Alpine Cowboys team in the Pecos League: 
Here are more images of the Cowboys courtesy of the old Las Cruces Vaqueros website:


PRX radio interview featuring JR Smith, Donnie Randell, and more:



We found a video streaming a game from the 2009 championship between the Aces and the Big Bend Cowboys, but it now no longer exists. The original link was here – so please help us locate the game on video if you have an archive of it.  Thank you!

Here is a video clip from a 2010 Big Bend Cowboys game:

Clip of a dizzy bat race from Big Bend in 2010:

Here are more videos from the “Gogosaitama” YouTube channel from the 2010 Big Bend Cowboys season:

Here is a video from an at-bat by 2010 Big Bend Cowboys player Josh Walker: