Desert Mountain , Horizon Bash Their Way To A Tie
When the wind is howling in northeast Scottsdale, the field at Desert Mountain plays very small.
On Tuesday, it played very tiny.
Desert Mountain and Horizon combined for 6 home runs, 3 of them grand slams, but left the field with no decision in a 12-12 tie suspended due to darkness after 8 innings.
Desert Mountain wasted no time in taking advantage of the conditions.
In the bottom of the first the Wolves loaded the bases on a Paul Sachen lead off knock, a hot batsmen and a walk.
Junior second baseman Elijah Henning then stepped in and sent a towering drive to left field that carried over the fence for a grand slam and a 4-0 lead.
In the second the Wolves added more. Luke Moeller led off with a walk and 2 batters later Sachen cranked a drive over the fence in right center for a 2 run blast and a 6-0 lead.
Zack Stewart was next , and on a 2-0 count the senior shortstop smoked a ball into the jet stream and over the centerfield fence for a 7-0 lead.
After DM loaded the bases again, pinch hitter Thomas Napolitano sent a 2 out parachute pop fly into right field that took a wild bounce, allowing all 3 runners to score and making it 10-0.
Meanwhile, DM starter Nick Suspenzi was cruising along, facing the minimum batters for the first 2 innings. But the sophomore right hander waited an eternity while the Wolves batted in the 2nd, and it began to show.
Horizon loaded the bases in the 3rd on 3 walks, but Suspenzi stranded the runners.
The Huskies got on the board in the 4th when Austin Corbett deposited a drive over the fence in right for a 2 run homer.
Consecutive singles from Rob Liddington and Collin Demas and an infield error loaded the bags for Kody Huff, and the senior hammered a ball over the fence in center for a grand slam, pulling the Huskies within 4 at 10-6.
Henning knocked in another pair of runs in the bottom of the 4th with a double over the center fielder’s head to make it 12-6.
In the 5th, Horizon juiced the bases again and with 2 outs, Logan Kershner joined the homer parade with a drive over the fence in right for yet another grand slam and pulled the Huskies within 2 at 12-10.
In the 6th Horizon got a lead off walk from Derek Smith and a Sam Buchkowski single. After 2 quick outs. Corbett lined a ball to left, for as double, plating the 2 runners and tying the score at 12.
Mountain Ridge 7 Boulder Creek 4
Mountain Ridge rallied for 6 runs over the final 3 innings to take a 7-4 win over Boulder Creek.
Travis Warriner and Keegan Stancato each had 3 hits for Ridge.
Sophomore Cayden Collins threw 4 innings, allowing 4 hits and 4 unearned runs.
Zach Martinez tossed a scoreless 5th for the win and Brock Peery worked 2 scoreless for the save.
Connor Lawrence had a pair of doubles for BC.
Desert Vista 14 Corona del Sol 0
Brandon “Moose” Childers tossed a 5 inning no-hitter and helped his cause with a solo homer as Desert Vista crushed region rival Corona del Sol 14-0.
The Thunder also got long balls from Beau Ankeney, Eli Ankeney, and Tyler Bauer, and hammered out 17 hits on the day.
Liberty 10 Pinnacle 3
Sophomore Carson Baker scattered 4 hits in 4 innings of work and allowed only one run with 5 Ks as Liberty topped Pinnacle 10-3.
Kyle Lewis, Alex Yamauchi, and Tyler McCaughey all had 2 hits for the Lions.
Mountain Pointe 11 Basha 3
Mountain Pointe handed Basha their 5th straight loss ina non-region tilt 11-3.
Ethan Long launched a pair of solo homers and went 3-4 with 3 runs scored.
Joey Cammarata was 4-4 with a bomb, a double and 2 RBIs.
Cade Westerlund was 3-4 with 3 runs scored and Nick Wallerstedt homered for the Pride.
Nathan Ward scattered 5 hits over 6 innngs for the W.
For Basha , Bitner Workman was 2-3 with a homer and a double.
Hamilton 11 Chandler 1 (5 Inn)
Dustin Bermudez went 3-3 wit 2 doubles and 4 RBIs to lead Hamilton to an 11-1 mercy rule win over Chandler.
Tyler Wilson was also 3-3 with 3 RBIs for the Huskies.
JD McLaughlin had a first inning 2 run homer.
Freshman Logan Saloman fanned 6 and allowed only 2 hits for the W.
Brent Renteria homered for Chandler.
Queen Creek 13 Highland 1 (5 Inn)
Queen Creek pounded out 17 hits and run ruled Highland 13-1.
Cade Myrick was 3-4 with a homer and 2 RBIs.
Danny Marshall was 3-4.
Jacob Alexander allowed 2 hits in 5 innings and was 2-3 at the plate with a bomb.
Red Mountain 15 Skyline 5 (6 Inn)
Red Mountain used a 13 hit attack to take a 15-5 win over Skyline.
Ryan Campos was 3-4 with a double and 3 RBIs.
Dakota Duffalo was 2-4 with a double, triple and 4 RBIs.
Daevion King threw 4 scoreless innings and allowed only 2 hits to earn the W.
Brophy 5 Perry 3
Mason Kokodynski allowed only 1 hit in 5 2/3 innings as Brophy topped Perry 5-3.
San Cooper went 3-4 with a double.
Will Worthington and Zach Stevens each had 2 hits.
Tyler Valdez homered for Perry.
Mountain View 14 Westwood 8
Mountain View cranked out 17 hits and took a 14-8 win over Westwood.
Tyler Barnes was 3-5 with a homer.
McKay Barney, Dallas Wise, and Sean Rimmer all had 3 hits.
Cam Jowaiszas also homered.
Valley Vista 8 Tolleson 6
Valley Vista plated a pair of runs in the 5th inning to take an 8-6 win over Tolleson.
Connor Smith had a pair of doubles for the Monsoon.
Logan Olson went 2-4 with a double and Zach Chelini homered.
Tyler Cotto threw 4 2/3 innings of hitless, scoreless ball in relief to earn the win.
O’Connor 10 Chaparral 5
Cal Lambert was 3-4 with 4 RBIs to lead O’Connor past Chaparral 10-5.
Lambert also worked 5 innings on the mound for the win.
Colton Kucera and Mason Skaugrud each had 2 hits and scored twice.
Mesa 7 Dobson 1
Christian Reynoso was 3-4 with a double, triple and 2 RBIs to lead Mesa over Dobson 7-1.
Eliel Balderamma threw 5 2/3 innings and allowed only 4 hits to get the win.
Casteel 10 Maricopa 0 (5 Inn)
Casteel blanked Maricopa 10-0 in 5 innings.
Dan Galvin was 3-3 with a triple, homer and 3 RBIs. Brayden Thomas was 3-3 with a double , homer and 3 RBIs.
Mathew Fike allowed only one hit in 4 scoreless innings to get the win.
Notre Dame 13 Paradise Valley 5
Griffen Chewning doubled twice and drove in 4 runs as Notre Dame defeated Paradise Valley 13-5.