Red Mountain Drops Corona
In a matchup featuring 2 of the top junior lefties in the state, Red Mountain traveled to Corona del Sol and came away with a 4-1 win.
Red Mountain’s Kai Murphy and Corona’s Daniel Sotelo put up goose eggs for the first 3 frames before the Lions broke through with a pair in the top of the 4th on a Connor Watson single that scored Luke Hyzdu and Riley Pagel.
The Aztecs loaded the bases in the bottom half of the inning, and Luke Eno took a 3-2 breaking ball for ball 4 to score the lone CDS run.
The Lions added a solo run in the 5th when, after 2 quick outs, Austin Duffy singled and stole second, Riley Pagel was intentionally walked and Ryan Campos was hit by a pitch to load the bags. Watson was next, and the junior reached on a dropped third strike to score Duffy.
In the 6th RM added an insurance run when, with 2 on, Duffy drove a liner over the left fielders head for a double that appeared to score both runners, but on appeal the second runner missed third base for the final out.
Murphy tossed 6 innings for the win, allowing 5 hits and a solo run. Sam Clow worked a scoreless 7th for the save.
Sotelo worked 4 2/3 and allowed 4 hits and 3 runs.
Duffy was 2-4 with a double and 2 RBIs
Matthew Liberatore punched out 14 batters in a complete game effort as Mountain Ridge topped Boulder Creek 6-3.
Liberatore, working at 91-93 and touching 96 on the gun, allowed 3 hits on the day.
Travis Warriner had a pair of doubles and drove in 3 runs for Ridge.
Chandler used a 12 hit attack to defeat North Canyon 11-6.
Zach Wagner homered and doubled for the Wolves.
Efrain Manzo drove in 3 runs.
Michael Kasik earned the W, tossing 3 scoreless innings in relief.
Desert Mountain 3 – Mountain Pointe 2
LP: Aslamy (0-1)
Mountain Pointe Baseball dropped to 2-1 on the season after losing their 2nd one run game to Desert Mountain in as many seasons.
The bats were quiet on Wednesday against the tough left-hander for the Wolves. The Pride managed just 3 hits, 2 of which were RBI Doubles by Sebastian Salaiz and Jacob McKeon. Carson Tucker, Connor Murphy and Jonny Weaver each stole a base – for Weaver, his 3rd in 3 games – but the timely hits never came as the Pride left 8 runners on base in a losing effort.
As the bats lost momentum, so did the gloves. The MP Defense had a season high 4 miscues, where 2 of them came in the 5th inning that lead to the 2 go ahead runs. Junior Ryan Aslamy was hung with the loss after coming in relief to start that 5th inning. A Walk, a HBP, and 2 Errors in the 5th broke a 1-1 tie in favor of the Wolves.
The bullpen combination of Aslamy and Murphy retired 8 consecutive hitters to end the game, but the damage was already done. A quality start was turned in by Junior Nick Wallerstedt, who kept his team competitive in his first start of the year. Wally gave up 3 hits and 1 ER in 4 Inn of work, but did not factor in the decision after leaving in a 1-1 tie.
Following a day off, the Pride Ballclub is back on the road to face Mountain View on Friday at 3:45pm.
Cameron Bracke tossed a complete game 2 hit shutout as Liberty blanked Sunnyslope 6-0.
JD Wadleigh homered for the Lions.
Cactus Shadows dropped Marcos de Niza 8-3.
Trent Tavares went 3-4 for the Falcons, and Peyton McGregor tripled and drove in 3 runs.
Zane Arrendale got the win on the hill, tossing 6 innings and fanning 7.
Canyon del Oro topped Tucson High 6-4.
Ben Cordova punched out 11 in 5 1/3 innings to secure the W.
Alex Bustamante and Angel Ochoa each had 2 hits.