Corona del Sol and Mountain Ridge Head To 6A Finals
Mountain Ridge used a 5 run 4th inning to take a 6-2 win over Liberty and advance to the 6A semi-finals for the second consecutive year.
Ridge jumped out to an early first inning lead when Travis Warriner led off the game by lining a triple into the left field corner. He would score on Kyler Stancato’s ground out to make it 1-0.
Liberty scratched out a solo run in the 3rd when Christain Contreras reached ion an infield error and later scored on a Luke Pauga infield hit to tie at 1.
Ridge took control in the 4th, loading the bases with no outs and scoring 5 runs on a pair of errors and RBI knocks from Tate Childers, Garrett Olson and a sac fly from AJ Singer. Ridge would send 9 men to the plate in the inning.
Zach Martinez got the win on the hill, working 4 1/3 inings and allowing 5 hits and 2 runs with 3 Ks.
Cayden Collins threw 1 2/3 scoreless innings in relief and allowed only one hit.
Ryan Ellis was 2-3 with an RBI and a run scored.
For Liberty, Chandler Murphy tossed 3 scoreless innings with 4 Ks and Trevor Saire was 2-3 at the plate with a double, triple and an RBI.
The Mountain Lions will face off with Hamilton on Friday night in the 6A semi-finals.
Corona del Sol 4 Desert Vista 2
Corona del Sol hung a first inning 3 spot and held on for a 4-2 win over Desert Vista to advance to the 6A semi-finals.
Corona loaded the bases in the first inning with 3 consecutive walks to Cade Verdusco, Bryan Webb and Hunter Haas to open the game.
Bryan Kalmer’s sac fly scored the game’s first run, and Kaiden Frees followed with another walk to re-load the bases for Matteo Baker, whose fielder’s choice grounder was misplayed, allowing Webb and Haas to score and making it 3-0.
Verdusco would line a one out double to left in the 2nd inning and score on a Webb ground out and it was 4-0 Aztecs.
Senior right hander Jack Schobinger held the Thunder scoreless through 6 innings and tossed a complete game, allowing 7 hits and fanning 3.
The Thunder finally made some noise in the top of the 7th , loading the bases on a Brett Czerniski double, a walk to Tyler Bauer and a Kaeden Moore single.
With one out, Jack Malone reached on an infield error, scoring Czerniski.
Dylan Cuenca followed with a fielder’s choice grounder to plate Bauer and make it 4-2.
But Schobinger would get Eli Ankeney to ground out to end it and send the Aztecs to the 6A final four.
CDS will face off with Red Mountain on Friday at 6:30 at Diablo Stadium.